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How to Deal With Noisy Neighbors

Updated: Jan 27, 2023

Neighborhood relations are essential. Our neighbors are people with whom we share our joy and sorrow, and whom we regard as our family, even if we are not related by blood. But sometimes, when we want to work peacefully at home or rest our minds and ourselves in a quiet environment, we may encounter situations that prevent us from actively resting or concentrating while working with the noise and loud noises they create. In the face of all these negativities, we have listed practical solutions to eliminate the noise problem in your current home, rather than change house or move to a detached house.

4 Basic Solutions/Features That A Place Should Have for Sound Insulation:

  1. For sound insulation, less sound vibration is required from one side of the wall to the other. For this reason, it is extremely beneficial to separate the framing on our walls and ceilings. It is a simple, inexpensive, and highly effective method.

  2. A hollow wall traps air to resonate. When the wall vibrates with the sound coming from its next-door neighbor, the air in the wall cavity also vibrates like a drum. This air gap is another way for sound vibration to travel from one side of the wall to the other. The vibrating air gap will still transmit some sound through the wall between the wall posts. For this reason, insulating with porous materials such as mineral wool, glass wool, and rock wool will absorb most of this sound.

  3. Making the walls as heavy as possible with common and cost-effective materials such as Gypsum Board, Plywood, OSB, and Cement Board prevents the transmission of sound.

  4. Using damping materials on the sound-producing side of the wall reduces all sound vibration. There are several ways to increase damping by building a curtain wall.

Professional Sound Measurements

Unfortunately, undesirable sound transitions are encountered between neighboring areas and apartments in projects that are implemented without sound insulation and noise control in accordance with the regulations. In such cases, professional sound measurements are made in the existing places, and solution suggestions are presented and implemented in light of the results obtained and the evaluations made.

Decoration Solutions

Sound reflections occur depending on the material of the ceiling, wall, and floor surfaces in the space/room. This can worsen acoustic comfort in living spaces in the very short term. This situation can be prevented by simple and easy arrangements. For example, using carpets on the floors and curtains on the windows will be beneficial as it will increase the absorption of sound. At the same time, the thickness of the carpet, the pleat, and the thickness of the curtain will increase this effect. Again, even using a painting on the walls will have a positive effect. In addition to these, a bookcase full of books will also help to block the noise coming from the side wall.


By using sound insulation and sound absorbing solutions, significant results can be achieved that can create a quieter environment in homes. But of course, different places require different applications. Qubi offers you the most suitable solutions by providing architectural acoustics with its expert staff and professional approach, giving service specific to the building.

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