How Do I Soundproof My Apartment?

A Guide to Dealing with Noise in an Apartment

“He shoots, he scores!” and the audience erupts in elation and endless cheers! The only problem? You’re not watching the game. The sound is coming from your neighbor’s apartment…

Living in an apartment complex offers a great sense of community and security, whether it’s your first-time renting or you enjoy the affordability and convenience it offers. But when you can hear your neighbor’s music or perhaps you have a dog and you’re concerned about the noise disrupting your fellow residents, then it’s time to consider how to make your apartment more soundproof.

The question is, what can you do to soundproof your apartment, especially if you’re renting.

Before you take drastic measures, we look at simple ways to create a soundproof apartment and the steps you can take to manage noisy neighbors. Let’s start!

Loud Speakers Getting on Your Nerves
Loud Speakers Getting on Your Nerves

What Does Soundproofing an Apartment Mean?

Soundproofing an apartment means taking measures and performing modifications to prevent or minimize noise from the neighbor or from the street traveling through your walls, windows, and ceilings (in the case of living downstairs). Realistically, a professional soundproof involves the installation of insulating materials to stop the transfer of sound.

Fortunately, there are simpler steps you can take to minimize noise, whether you are the one making it, or you are on the receiving end.

We look at tips for both renters, shared homes, and condos.

Sound Travels - So be Mindful
Sound Travels - So be Mindful

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Why Aren’t Apartments Soundproof?

Most properties are not built with soundproofing, especially apartments. For properties that are close to busy streets, double glazed windows are generally installed in a renovation or insulating materials within and along the walls.

Do You Play An Instrument In Your Apartment?
Do You Play An Instrument In Your Apartment?

What is Considered Excessive/Unreasonable Noise in an Apartment?

A noise that is described as “unreasonable” or “excessive” is a noise that is not considered regular or everyday sounds. Traffic from a nearby public road is an everyday sound but loud music and parties are not.

The difficulty is determining the fine line between noise that is unreasonable or acceptable and expected in an apartment or residence.

If you can hear people talking or footsteps into a neighboring apartment, this could be regarded as expected daily noise.

Ongoing shouting, stomping, banging of doors, loud music, hooting from cars in the complex, and persistent dog barking, are considered the “unreasonable” end of the noise scale.

Throwing a Full Out Party In Your Apartment May Be Considered Excessive
Throwing a Full Out Party In Your Apartment May Be Considered Excessive

Do Apartments Have Quiet Hours?

While not always explicitly stated in the lease, every tenant has the right to quiet enjoyment of their residence. This means that parties, loud music, shouting, and unreasonable sounds should cease between these times.

The standard times for ‘quiet hours’ in apartments range from 10 pm/11 pm to 7 am/8 am during the week. These hours differ on weekends and public holidays.