Author Topic: soundproofing while keeping hardwood floor?  (Read 4482 times)

glevey

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soundproofing while keeping hardwood floor?
« on: January 26, 2010, 03:46:50 PM »
My family lives on the top floor of a 60-70 year old condo which I believe has the original hardwood floors. To minimize noise to my downstairs neighbor I use area rugs with padding like this: http://tiny.cc/3lOnE
But it's apparently not helping much. The primary activity that causes noise is walking. However we'd like to use a toy drum set so I'm also wondering if I can set up some extra padding or temporary contraption for that activity in particular (I think the foot pedal is the primary problem).

My question is a 2-parter.
1. What can I do to improve soundproofing? Will it have much of an effect?
2. Is there anything I can do with pads/area rugs/sealer/etc keeping the floors I have *without* reconstructing/damaging the floors or adding wall to wall carpeting? How effective would this be?

Sorry if this has been covered, but most posts I found were ideas for the downstairs and I'm unclear if padding needs wall to wall carpeting (which I'm extremely adverse to) to be effective. Thanks!

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Re: soundproofing while keeping hardwood floor?
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2010, 12:10:33 AM »
You can put down our MLV w/ 1/4" closed cell foam underlayment followed 6lb-8lb carpet padding and finally carpet.
Without knowing the entire assembly and weight variables I cant provide an exact reduction value, but if the ceiling below is closed with drywall and insulation then you should get a decent reduction.
feel free to contact me direct if you want to discuss particulars and variables that will change the outcome.
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glevey

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Re: soundproofing while keeping hardwood floor?
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2010, 10:32:18 PM »
Thanks for the response. Are there are no paddings that can be used with area rugs or for isolated areas? Are there any fillers or ways of bracing particularly noisy floorboards? I was wondering if vibration pads would somehow help with the toy drum set.
http://www.soundproofing.org/infopages/vibrationpads.htm

I basically just want to help accommodate my downstairs neighbor if I could with a budget up to $1000 and am not interested in taking on large-scale home reconstruction or redesign. Any leads for those kind of solutions would be appreciated - any sound reduction would help.

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Re: soundproofing while keeping hardwood floor?
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2010, 04:26:58 PM »
You can use our underlayment beneath areas rugs for addressing impact noise/ footfall for those areas only. As far as the drum set and the airborne noise you will be generating, this will still be heard if you dont do wall to wall installation of the barrier.
Vibration pads will only address the direct connection and will not do anything for the airborne noise issue.
Randy Sieg

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