Last Updated: August 10th, 2019
If you are tired of hearing your noisy neighbors then I think soundproofing your apartment floor is the best thing to do. It’s obvious that an apartment is one of the noisy places to settle. There is noise coming from everywhere from a couple arguing, babies crying, loud music playing and the list goes on.
You can eliminate all these disturbing noises by learning how to soundproof the floor of your apartment. By doing so you will have the ability to reduce vibration that is created by daily noise and also block out all unwanted noise.
In this article, we will be looking at the best way in which you can make your apartment as quiet as possible. We will also be looking at the most effective method that can be used and all the products you need so you can improve the acoustics of your home.
How to Soundproof a Floor in an Apartment
1. Use Interlocking Floor Mats
If you have a great memory you should remember those puzzle looking mats on the floor while you were going to elementary school. These mats are actually used for soundproofing purposes and are great for combating unwanted noise in your apartment as well.
If you want to avoid all the hassle and work with something that’s quick and easy then you can simply use these interlocking mats by laying the first one down into the corner of your apartment floor and start working from there. You should repeat the process until you have completely covered the surface.
Not only using interlocking mats is easy and doesn’t take much time but it is also one of the cheapest methods when it comes to soundproofing your floor.
The main disadvantage is that interlocking mats are not the best option in terms of blocking noise. Even though these mats are effective, it doesn’t mean that they work as complete sound blockers. For the best results, it’s best if you combine this method with a few others on this list.
2. Acoustic Floor Underlayment
Another effective method you should consider using is acoustic floor underlayment. These are a very thin layer of insulation that is usually placed underneath the carpet to help provide an effective barrier to prevent sound from traveling out of your home.
Which is why when applying an underlayment, it’s best if you do so on top of a bare vinyl floor or hardwood, if possible.
One of the best underlayment on the market for soundproofing your apartment floor is the Laminated Flooring Underlayment. This is made with a vapor barrier and is 3 mm thick, making it great in terms of absorbing sounds.
The installation process is pretty easy, all you have to do is simply unroll it on the floor and cover all the floor surfaces. You can use a nail to secure the material to the edge of your floor, if necessary. You should cut off the material on the corners and use it in areas that may not be covered correctly.
3. Use Carpet Padding
Using carpet padding on the floors is one of the most common ways of padding floors; it’s extremely great when it comes to soundproofing and does a really good job at providing thermal insulation.
Most apartments tend to already have carpeting. If your apartment does, then what you can do is use carpet padding underneath your existing carpet. Although these carpets are very efficient in their own right, they work magic when layered underneath the traditional carpet.
You can easily install these by rolling out the material until it meets both ends of your floor, then simply cut it at the edges and securing it with glue or nails, (it all depends on your preference). In order to get the job done, you will be needing a few tools and due to the heavier weight, you may need a friend to help, this will make the installation process much easier.
There is a lot of different carpet padding that is available on the market today. But the one I recommend getting is the Premium Grip Rug Pad. These pads are very durable and slip-resistant, making the application process smoother.
4. Install Mass Loaded Vinyl
This is considered to be one of the most effective materials available when it comes to soundproofing. You can achieve great results by simply installing Mass Loaded Vinyl. This should be used underneath your carpet as well.
It’s made of denser rubber-like material and has an adhesive on one side. It’s also a versatile soundproofing acoustic barrier specifically designed to reduce noise transmission through floors, walls, and ceilings. It is even used to reduce unwanted noise and improve acoustics in cars.
You can start the installation process by laying down the MLV then place rubber on top of it. You should now add a thick carpet on top of the two layers to combat the noise in your apartment. Sandwiching the three layers together should work quite well because the rubber is already a dense material. You can simply use a few nails to attach the MLV to the floors.
If you want to get the most out of your soundproofing, then I highly recommend checking this Soundsulate 2 lb Mass Loaded Vinyl on Amazon. Many people like it because it’s odorless, thin and will certainly get the job done. If you would like to learn more about this product then you can reach out to the retailer from where you purchase your MLV.
5. Green Glue
This is one of the best products out there (in my own opinion) when it comes to reducing noise and vibrations. This product contains a polymeric formula which works magic when you apply it between two soundproofing materials.
Unlike other soundproofing materials on the market, this one is a bit difficult to install. You can use it on MDF, Plywood, OSB and more.
Green glue has the ability to reduce unwanted noise by 70-90% which I think is impressive and you will certainly notice a significant difference. It works by converting waves of sound into heat. A sound is a form of energy wave which travels through the air. Not only is green glue effective, but it’s also affordable, it is definitely one of the best in the market and very reliable.
Also, it’s important to note that green glue is eco-friendly and non-hazardous. The only downside is that it smells a bit unpleasant, but this also can be prevented.
6. Get Professional Help
If you are not a handy person or you’re just busy working all the time making it impossible to soundproof your apartment floor, what you can do is hire a professional to get the job done for you.
All you will need to do is save up some cash in order to purchase the necessary materials and to pay the workers.
Before you make any changes to your apartment floor, you should make sure that you are able to make adjustments without infringing on anything that may cause conflict between you and your landlord.
In most cases, you should be fine, but I’ve lived in an apartment complex that had very strict rules. So the best advice is to contact your landlord before even start looking for ways no soundproofing the floors.
Living in an apartment, you don’t have a choice to choose the type of flooring that you like, so basically you are stuck with whatever flooring the apartments already have. However, if you are allowed to do add your own choice of flooring, then this can play a huge role when it comes to combat noise.
For the base layer, the best thing would be to add hardwood or tile. This will make adding a soundproof layer or carpet relatively easy. For the top layer, you will want a thick, firm carpet that isn’t too spongy.
As you can see there are many different ways in which you can soundproof the floors of your apartment. Carpet padding, acoustic underlayment, and interlocking mats all work magic especially when they are combined with each other.
In order to reduce as much noise in your apartment as possible, try to make sure that there are no gaps between your soundproofing flooring and the wall. If you are concerned about your budget, then you can start by just adding a thick carpet or rubber floor mat.
Even though the installation process is a bit easy, it is probably best if you ask a friend for help and if you are too busy to do it on your own then you can hire a professional.