Commercial Soundproofing for Real Estate Developers

Shield and isolate your occupants living space from outside noise
Silentium® triple-focused solution dramatically reduces unwanted footfall and neighbor noise.

The Silentium® System

Truly effective neighbor noise isolation must include not only isolation of the floor and ceiling, but also the wall attachment to the joists. The Soundproofing Company's proprietary Silentium® Commercial Soundproofing System addresses all three:

  • Floor: Multi-layer isolation
  • Ceiling: Independent ceiling suspension
  • Wall: Attachment to joists

Our triple-focused solution dramatically reduces unwanted footfall and neighbor noise.

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Real Estate Developers Need a Commercial Soundproofing Solution They Can Trust

Building conversion drives downtown residential markets

In major cities, it’s been popular for many years to convert old warehouses and commercial buildings into upscale apartments and condominiums. These old buildings have long, rich histories and a charm that is highly prized by the occupants. But since they were originally built for commercial purposes, almost every building has its own set of problems and challenges to overcome.

One particular design challenge for commercial real estate developers is soundproofing individual living units. This includes sound-isolating both exterior noise, and noise coming from neighboring units and hallways. In these cases, a typical residential solution delivers inferior results, so developers are more commonly turning to commercial soundproofing solutions.

Condo and apartment dwellers want acoustical privacy.

Today, acoustical privacy is a reasonable expectation for buyers and renters, especially in mid-range and upscale properties where people are paying higher rents, real estate prices, and association fees. Prospective renters and buyers are often willing to spend more for better sound isolation and privacy.

The Soundproofing Company works closely with prominent developers in major cities around the United States to help resolve these commercial soundproofing challenges.

  • We offer high-quality, cost-saving solutions for exterior walls, which shield the occupant from outside noise.
  • We’ve earned the trust of our clients for over 20 years with our floor-ceiling isolation solutions that will seriously reduce, if not eliminate, footfall noise from hard surface floors.
  • We also work to isolate living spaces from common spaces and parking areas in existing and new buildings.

Traditional Sound Isolation Methods Just Aren't Good Enough

Poured Gypsum Floors and Resilient Channel Ceilings are outdated, fail easily

When it comes to soundproofing, most developers and contractors have turned to basically the same solutions for a century. To overcome the resonant, conductive properties of wood frame construction, standard soundproofing methods have been deployed to isolate sound. These older methods included Poured Gypsum floors and Resilient Channel ceilings. These products easily fail, as our developers are quick to point out.

Common construction practices, whether in use today or 100 years ago, don’t help much with soundproofing. All of the common building materials - wood, steel, and plaster - are both resonant and excellent conductors. Connect them all together tightly and you’ve got a serious design challenge to overcome. Even the new 1/2” standard drywall is “Ultralite” and a distinct step backwards in soundproofing. Lastly, no one wants carpet any longer. This is the perfect storm for noise transfer.

Poured gypsum floors fail over time because of their fragile, mesh isolation mat that naturally deteriorates over time.

Why Poured Gypsum floors and Resilient Channel ceilings fail

Poured Gypsum floors rest on a fragile, mesh isolation mat. This mat deteriorates over time and eventually fails, causing a collapse and cracking of the gypsum floor. Without an intact isolation mat, conduction of footfall vibration continues to the floor below, carrying the sound of upstairs footfalls with it.

Resilient Channel for ceilings fails most of the time. RC-1, the original, tested material developed in the 1960s, doesn’t exist anymore. Instead, what is still called RC-1 is manufactured inconsistently and without a common set of standards. It’s also commonly installed incorrectly. This is why resilient channel litigation is so common in North America.

Mike Barrett with Chicago’s Barrett Homes and Ted White with The Soundproofing Company are in Chicago to discuss sound transmission in multifamily homes. Watch Planning for Acoustical Privacy

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