One of the main headaches for any Landlord is the issue of noise pollution. This either manifests itself in the form of neighbours making noise that is upsetting your tenants or in some cases it’s your tenants themselves who are creating the disturbance. If you find yourself in the second scenario then it’s your responsibility as a Landlord to deal with it. To save yourself the stress and hassle of constantly dealing with noisy tenants the smarter solution would be to sound proof the property.
This will keep your property noise free and maintain a good relationship with neighbours for the long term no matter who is living in the property. So how do you go about sound proofing your property?
Understand Where The Noise Is Coming From
The first step you need to take in sound proofing your home is to better understand where the actual noise is coming from. It may not always be from the sources that you first assumed. Check the property to establish if it’s electric appliances such as the TV or radio that are causing the most noise or if it’s a washing machine, boiler or just general footfall that is creating the racket.
Once you have established the main causes of noise then you can work out how to reduce their volume to the outside world. Sound travels in the form of waves and it continues until it reaches a solid service, which it will either pass through or bounce off. To eliminate as much noise as possible you need to use materials that will absorb sound and not simply reflect it.
Reducing The Noise
You can reduce the noise that emits from the property in two ways. The first is behavioural, i.e. establishing rules for your tenants to live by which will cause the least noise. This could involve keeping the volume of TVs and radios to a more reasonable setting, not putting a load of washing in the machine late at night, not using a hairdryer early in the morning etc.
If the behaviour of your tenants isn’t the problem or it’s only part of the problem then you will need to find a way to block the noise. The best way to achieve this is to reduce the distant that the noise can travel within any room in the property. Sound blocking doors provide a very good noise barrier, as a lot of standard doors are hollow on the inside, which isn’t great for blocking sound waves. That’s the door itself sorted but what about the noise escaping from around it? You should install a weatherstrip seal around the threshold of every door, which will greatly limit the noise that escapes through them.
Absorbing The Noise
An alternative to simply blocking the noise is to absorb it. This involves altering the sound waves when they make contact with a service and the result is a greatly reduced sound to the outside world. Popular sound absorbing materials to use are lead, vulcanised rubber, EPDM and foam.
A common form of noise absorption is to install underlay flooring to reduce the amount that footfall causes in the property. This is especially important if your property is a flat with people living below it. Similarly you can add acoustic ceiling plasterboards or absorber panels to reduce the amount of noise escaping from the ceiling. You should also consider adding double or triple glazing windows to the property if it doesn’t already have them and don’t forget the insulation level of the property plays a part in the noise it emits as well.