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Want to learn how to soundproof an apartment floor? In our previous article, we discussed different ways of how you can soundproof a door in an apartment.
We saw how rental agreements restrict tenants from making any structural changes to the rented unit and how doing so can land you in a court of law.
For this reason, the only viable method to soundproofing your apartment door is through the methods that don’t alter the structure design.
Read on to find more details on different ways on how to soundproof an apartment floor.
Different ways to Soundproof an Apartment Floor
1. Use Interlocking Floor Mats
One of the easiest and cost-friendly ways of soundproofing your floor is using interlocking floor mats. A good example is ProsourceFit Puzzle Exercise Mat.
If you have been to a nursery school, then you have probably come across mats that look like puzzle pieces.
These mats are suitable for minimizing noise passing through the floors so that you can use them for your apartment.
Interlocking floor mats are available in various designs and even texture. The edges are designed in such a way that the pieces easily connect.
Interlocking floor mats are easy to clean and also safe, considering that they are made from antibacterial materials.
Besides, these mats are easy to install. All you need to do is start laying the first piece from the corner of your apartment as you move towards the other sides.
Installing them is fun because it’s like playing the jigsaw puzzle.
The main downside of these mats is that they are not that effective at deadening noise, unlike other products.
2. Acoustic Floor Underlayment
Another simple DIY technique you can adopt to soundproof your apartment floor is using acoustic floor underlayment. Besides acting as a cushion to the floor, acoustic underlayment minimizes both impact and airborne noise.
This method is much easier and cheaper when there is no covering layer on your floorboard. However, that doesn’t have to worry you if you have a carpet or tile. You can easily pull them out and install your preferred underlayment.
If you are making this a DIY project, you must first ensure your floorboard has no protrusions such as nails or any other object. The floorboard should also be evenly leveled.
Once everything is okay, you will need to choose the right floor underlayment for your flooring. For instance, if your apartment has vinyl flooring, you will need the ultra seal underlayment.
Then roll out the acoustic underlayment with the adhesive side facing down and ensure the underlayment covers wall to wall.
Use nails to secure the underlayment to every edge of the floor properly. Also, make sure you cut the excess material on every edge floor.
Repeat the whole process until the entire floor is covered.
To ensure the floor underlayment is sufficient, you can install acoustic mats as the final piece.
3. Use Mass Loaded Vinyl (MLV)
Using Mass loaded vinyl on your floor is another easy way of soundproofing an apartment floor.
MVL is useful for blocking and preventing sound from leaving a space. The material is also good at containing sound vibrations because it acts as a reflective barrier.
MVL is commonly installed as a carpet underlayment for the house or the apartment. All you need to do is lay it down then, to enhance its effectiveness, add a layer of rubber on top of it before installing your desired floor.’
When done, place a dense carpet on top of it. The additional material that is the carpet and the rubber will strengthen the sound deadening properties of the MVL layer.
The rubber provides a density that ensures that sound doesn’t pass through it. The fibers in the carpet absorb some of the excess noise.
All three materials provide mass that is the critical component for noise reduction materials.
Use this MVL for your apartment because it is thin and odorless. It is also great for various areas, including the garage.
4. Carpet Padding
Wondering how to soundproof your apartment floor with some home enhancement tricks? Why not consider Carpet padding?
Besides bringing comfort to people’s feet, carpet padding is also used for soundproofing purposes. Carpet padding is available in various designs, textures, and even thickness.
The thicker the carpets padding, the better the chances it has at absorbing and minimizing noise.
Carpet paddings are usually placed below a carpet even though they are very efficient on their own. To make things easy for you, measure the size of your carpet and use the measurements to purchase the right carpet padding.
If there is heavy floor traffic in your home, you will have to install a carpet with a rubber foam underlay before installing the carpet padding. This is because a carpet with an open-cell form underlay wears out easily on heavy use.
To install the carpet, roll it on the floor and ensure it reaches the ends of your apartment floor. Then cut it at the edges and use nails or glue to secure it properly.
One of the best carpet paddings to use, which is also easy to install, is the Premium Grip Rug Pad. The premium grip rug pad more durable and also slip-resistant, unlike the other carpet padding.
Even though this is an easy DIY project, you will need the help of a friend to install the padding because of its heavier weight.
5. Soundproofing Compounds
If you are looking for a soundproofing method that doesn’t involve rolling out carpets, then soundproofing compounds is right for you. Soundproofing compounds such as Green Glue are good at reducing noise between surfaces.
You can apply the glue between your floorboard and the floor underlayment. The adhesive nature of the glue makes it unique for securing objects and reducing noise.
The compound is very safe to use, so you do need the help of a professional. It is odorless and also environmentally friendly.
Before applying the green glue, ensure the subfloor is clean, free from any protrusions such as nails. The subfloor should also be moisture-free.
Purchase the right amount of glue depending on the size of the area you wish soundproof. Carefully read all the instructions and the precaution in the manual.
Use a caulk gun to distribute the green glue on your subfloor evenly. Then place your preferred underlayment or a fiberboard on top of the glue.
Then install your preferred flooring followed by a carpet. The glue will take the utmost 30 days before reaching its peak performance for minimizing noise.
Soundproofing compounds are known to be very effective at reducing noise. They are also easy to clean.
On Soundproofing Apartment Floor
Soundproofing your apartment floor is a simple process that’s both inexpensive and easy to accomplish. Above are some of the methods you can implement right now without changing the structural design of your rented apartment. Have you tried other methods not listed in this guide? Please let us know in the comment section down below.
Meet Mike O’Connor, (a DIY enthusiast), living in Cincinnati, a city ranked as the noisiest in the USA.
As a work from home dad, I have a first hand experience of how noise can truly affect your well being.
Soundproofing isn’t something that should be taken as a hobby, it should be a skill that every homeowner should be equipped with.
Most of the work documented on this blog comes from purely first hand experience, and the products recommended work as indicated.