Toronto is a big city, and with its size comes a whole lot of noise. The sounds of daily life are practically unavoidable in public, but your home should be your haven, no matter where you live. The only problem is, many of the units in Toronto’s most popular living accommodation – apartment buildings and condos – aren’t soundproof.
Shared walls and ceilings allow noise to travel through a building – both airborne, and structure-borne noise, plus noise from flanking paths. With today’s quick construction, Developers seldom build noise-impenetrable walls. So, if you want some peace and quiet, how do you go about it?
The first option is to separate your ceiling from the upper level’s floor by making a drop ceiling of sorts. So do with rubber-fitted clips that spread the floor and ceiling apart, or with spring hangers that allow a loose, hanging attachment between the two. Our Resilmount Sound Isolation Clip line is perfect for this.
If the noise comes mainly from the walls, you can decouple them – meaning mechanically separate two adjacent walls to make it harder for sound to pass through. Again, Resilmount clips can achieve this – but greater results will be achieved with the clips, and two layers of drywall with Green Glue Noiseproofing Damping Compound in between. Full coverage means no sound can get through.
Other, cheaper options include layering drywall and a damping compound on your walls, as well as installing tiles specifically designed to absorb noise. For a lesser racket reduction effect, any soft, malleable furniture will soak up the sound to some extent.
Whichever way you choose to soundproof your apartment, make sure it’s done correctly – doing so means you’ll achieve your goal of peace and quiet.