Not sure how you should deal with your noisy neighbours upstairs? Or maybe the children’s room is on the first floor, and you can’t help but overhear their chatter and laughter late at night, when you want to sleep. What should you do?

The team at NoiseStop Systems have given us a few hints about soundproofing a home, particularly a ceiling in an apartment. Read on to find out the experts’ opinion.

Is It Possible to Soundproof a Ceiling in an Apartment?

Unless you’re living in a rented space and the landlord doesn’t agree with this solution to noisy neighbours, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to do it. Ceilings in apartments aren’t very different from ceilings in a house. In fact, it might be easier for apartment owners to isolate their surroundings, because most materials used in apartment buildings are suited for additional modification. However, it’s important to know that all soundproofing solutions will cut back a few millimetres to a few centimetres. This will cause a lowering of the ceiling, although it’s very likely not to be observed at all.

What Should I Know First?

It all starts with the type of noise that’s bothering you. There are usually two types of sounds that cause discomfort – airborne noise and structure-borne noise. Airborne noise is transferred through air and walls, and it refers to any conversation you may overhear and the loud music you can dance to, even when it’s coming from your neighbours.

Structure-borne sound is created when objects are dragged or dropped on the floor. Think moving the furniture around or dropping a basketball on the ground. These naturally cause a certain level of noise, but if that noise is above your comfort level, you should consider soundproofing your ceiling.

How Can I Soundproof My Ceiling?

The solution depends on two things: the type of noise that’s bothering you – airborne or impact – and the level of noise. These are the two criteria that will help you choose the right material. To be specific, if the noise level is low and can be reduced with an acoustic mat, there’s no need to install a false ceiling to solve your problem.

Besides acoustic mats, which come in different densities (which allows them to absorb more or less sound), acoustic panels can help you reduce airborne noise. Just like the mats, they are thin, so the space loss will be minimal. They can be used standalone or in combination with other materials, to ensure an optimal protection against unwanted noise.

Last, but not least, false ceilings or ceiling systems can be installed. These are packages or soundproofing kits consisting of the right combination of materials that are needed for specific problems.

How Much Does It Cost?

The final price of the project depends on the total surface that needs to be covered, but also on the quality of the materials you choose to use. The price for an acoustic mat ranges between £2 and £20, but the quality difference between the two is uncanny. Covering a ceiling area of 20 m2 can cost between £500 and £800, if what you’re looking for is above-average materials and solutions. Although there are less expensive options on the market, it may turn out they’re more expensive in the long run, as they need constant replacement.

What Should I Choose?

You read it all but you’re still not sure what you should choose for your apartment? Give the team at NoiseStop Systems a call and ask for their advice. They’ll be more than happy to assist you with everything you need.