Is It Better to Soundproof Your Floor or Ceiling?

Is It Better to Soundproof Your Floor or Ceiling?
September 15, 2023

Whether you’re in a residential or commercial space, noise from neighbors or your hobbies can get out of hand. Not everyone has time to experiment with soundproofing or sound-dampening projects, so it’s good to know what’s worth spending your money on.

Is it better to soundproof your floor or ceiling? The answer depends.

Your Goal for Soundproofing

Anytime you’re soundproofing a room, evaluate your goal. Are you trying to stop noise from leaving your space or prevent outside noise from coming in?

If people below can hear your footsteps or there is an echo when you’re talking, soundproof the floor. When upstairs neighbors are too loud, you can feel vibrations from people moving, or the sound of pets running around gets old, soundproof your ceiling.

Soundproofing a Floor

There are a few ways you can soundproof a floor.

1. Acoustic Underlayment

Acoustic underlayment materials are designed to sit under tile, laminate, stone, hardwood flooring and carpet. From softening footsteps to stopping accidental drops and waking your downstairs neighbors, acoustic flooring underlayment solutions give you the flexibility to treat surfaces with products in multiple thicknesses.

Our types of acoustic flooring underlayment include:

2. Door Sweeps and Seals

There’s a chance the sound you hear through the floor is traveling from underneath doors — this is especially possible in apartment buildings or business centers.

Positioning door sweeps and seals at entry points can reduce noise from moving from point A to point B. These devices fill the gap between the floor and the bottom of your door without getting in the way of opening and closing.

3. Soundproof Quilts

A soundproof quilt acts like a blanket you can position to stop noise from breaking into your space. These are versatile accessories you can use as needed to dampen noise coming from below.

Maybe you’re trying to sleep and decide to put a soundproofing quilt across the floor of your room to silence the downstairs neighbor or you’re assembling new furniture and want to keep sound from moving downward.

Whatever your application, a soundproofing quilt is great on existing floors.

Soundproofing a Ceiling

Soundproofing a ceiling calls for a different approach compared to treating floors.

1. Acoustic Foam Panels

Acoustic foam panels are your secret weapon in the fight against noisy upstairs neighbors. These accessories are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. Place multiple acoustic foam panels across your ceiling to cancel out unwanted noise from others walking around or talking.

2. Acoustic Insulation Materials

When you’re serious about soundproofing a ceiling, many do-it-yourself enthusiasts and professionals get results with acoustic insulation like Quiet Batt® 30. Insulation fits between ceilings and the floors above in multistory structures for sound absorption and temperature control benefits.

3. Hanging Sound Baffles

Sound baffles control sound in your space rather than letting it bounce around and cause disruptions. These panels are usually made from acoustic cotton or foam to intercept vibrations before they go back toward the source.

Hanging sound baffles are effective in large open rooms where soundwaves have space to move. You can make your residential or commercial space smaller from a sound standpoint to better control noise distribution — something your neighbors will appreciate.

Choose Soundproof Cow for Acoustic Products

Soundproof Cow has decades of experience in the soundproofing and acoustic treatment space. It’s our goal to help you manage your complex noise problems with user-friendly solutions. We’ll help you find the permanent or temporary soundproofing materials and sound absorption offerings you need for peace of mind.

Start your project by purchasing acoustic products from Soundproof Cow today! Or, ask us questions by submitting a contact form.

wave designAuthor

About Kellen Beaver

Soundproof Cow Representative Kellen

Kellen has been a member of the sales team for over a decade. Prior to delving into the soundproofing realm, he was a jack of all trades in the service industry, working both front and back of the house jobs to various degrees. This diversity in experience makes it easy to relate to the needs of a large customer base. He understands noisy environments as well as the importance of aesthetics in a space. Adding something that doesn’t fit the look can be intrusive, so knowing that acoustical needs must fit the interior design is something he’s become very well-versed in. Most of this planning comes from working with both the owner/operators as well as their design team and architects. He has been able to adapt his knowledge in the restaurant industry into projects involving schools, office buildings and large medical facilities when the situation calls for it.

Join the Herd

Get soundproofing tid bits and be the first to know about our special sales.

Subscribe Form - (Full Version)

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.