One of the most common issues that tenants in multi-floor units deal with is noise pollution. People turning the TV volume up, dropping things, or even just walking around the unit can transmit an incredible amount of noise through the floor to their neighbors. If it goes on long enough tenants are bound to complain, and may even decide not to renew their lease. You should never lose tenants to something as simple to reduce as noise pollution. This week we’re going to tell you how to insulate your floor against noise pollution, making your tenants happy and saving you thousands of dollars in rent.
The first thing you need to understand about noise pollution is how it is transmitted so easily. Plywood subflooring that is too thin transmits far more sound than thicker plywood or acoustic concrete. It can also be constructed in such a way that friction occurs between the individual plywood planks. This can cause nails to come loose and creak when stepped on. The carpet and pad can also transmit sound very easily if they are too thin.
Another factor you will want to consider is the installation of vinyl products. The market is currently trending towards the installation of vinyl tile and planking, even in larger areas like living and dining rooms. This makes noise pollution even more prevalent, as LVT and vinyl planking transmits sound far more easily than carpet. Larger areas of these units are transmitting more sound as a result, causing a spike in demand for sound insulation.
The best times to implement noise pollution solutions are when you’re renovating a unit or changing flooring on the turn. This allows your flooring contractors to implement noise reduction solutions cost-effectively. If the subfloor is too thin or causing friction, it can be strengthened or even replaced. Installing denser pad and carpet as well will ensure that the entire floor is fortified against noise transmission. It is important to remember that noise transmission can never be completely blocked. Therefore, it is vital to make sure that each layer of the floor contributes to containing noise within the unit.
Until recently, vinyl flooring had been much more expensive to insulate against sound. This was because specialized underlayments had to be used instead of the usual vinyl insulation or carpet pad. Recent developments in soundproof underlayments are far more affordable, however, allowing for cost-effective installation of modern vinyl materials. These new underlayments are also quite a bit more effective than the older versions, giving you every reason to include them when installing new vinyl.
The Complete Package
Sooner or later, you’re going to find yourself renovating the floors in your unit. In fact, it’s a safe bet that you already replace the pad and carpet (or vinyl) on the turn anyway. Implementing these noise insulating solutions is simple, fast, and not much more expensive than the renovations you conduct anyway. Most importantly, though, these solutions will virtually eliminate one of the most common complaints that tenants have about multi-floor units. Happy tenants are more likely to renew their lease, which puts money in your pockets for months to come. Installing noise insulation solutions means peace and quiet for both of you. Quiet for them, and peace of mind for you.
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