Can’t Deal With the Neighbor’s Kids Upstairs? Then Soundproof! What You Can Do to Alleviate Noise

An example of soundproofing on the ceiling (City Soundproofing).

In New York City, you deal with noise everywhere you go: the subway screeches while pulling into the station; city buses beep every time they make a stop; and millions of people pound the pavement and chat on their phones as they fill the air with cacophony.

So your home should feel a bit like a respite--a sanctuary space away from the noise pollution. But oftentimes, it doesn’t.

We get calls for ‘I can hear kids running above me’ or ‘We lived in this condo/co-op for years, never heard anything--and now a new family is there and kids are running all over the place.’ These people are in for a shock because they’ve been living in peace and harmony, and all of a sudden their world’s been turned upside down,” says Michael LaFratta of Silentium Soundproofing in New York City.

Almost every New Yorker shares at least one wall with another resident, and most of us share all the walls and the ceiling and floor, too. Noise travels through these barriers, which is where soundproofing comes in for buildings. 

We do a lot of new buildings because often the builders don’t consider soundproofing systems,” says Mason Wyatt, owner of City Soundproofing in Manhattan.

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