Author Topic: door noise in a wood frame building  (Read 4275 times)


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door noise in a wood frame building
« on: June 12, 2008, 01:27:20 AM »
I purchased a condo in a wood frame building.  I live on the top floor and I assumed that since I did I would not have problems with noise from the neighbors.  Well, I have found out that noise can travel up as well!  There is a layer of concrete between my floor and the unit below me which helps quite a bit.  The biggest issue now is the fact that when the neighbors come and go they tend to be heavy on their door, which I can hear and it's very annoying.
Surely there must be something I can do to reduce this noise.  Yes, I have talked them and they have improved, but they have guests frequently so it's very hard to regulate completely.  My front entranceway, which is directly above theirs is hard tile, which probably adds to the sound.

Should I carpet the front area?  Is it worth it?  Can I do anything else?  Any advice other than "talk to your neighbors" would be greatly appreciated!

Randy S

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Re: door noise in a wood frame building
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2008, 04:09:54 PM »
You are dealing with structure borne noise, the impact of the door closing is sending the noise through the structure and will exit anywhere, soundproofing your floor might give you some relief but the noise could still travel up your studs and remit as airborne sound from your walls.
If you address your floor you might still have to soundproof the walls also.