Frequently Asked Questions
Noisy neighbors are a common problem but one that can’t be solved with acoustic solutions alone as acoustics are designed to improve sound quality within the room rather than prevent noise from being transferred. To combat noisy neighbors, you need solutions to reduce noise transference.
Sound reduction is all about adding mass. The denser a material, the less sound will be able to pass through. Mass can be added to walls and ceilings either internally (with insulation) or externally (with dense paneling) but when adding sound reduction solutions to existing walls, it’s faster, simpler, and cheaper to use external means.
For combating noises heard from the apartment above, you can use acoustic ceiling tiles that will reduce the amount of impact sound heard from above. Ideally you want to address the floor however this will be up to your neighbor.