Thin-walled apartments use thin ceilings. Indeed, it can feel like someone’s about to come through the roof in a low-rent flat, especially when they’re wearing high heels or steel toe-capped work boots. To remedy this headache-inducing issue, annoyed apartment residents are turning to Green Glue. They’re retrofitting their ceilings and silencing the upper apartment noise with a product that works as well against downward directed vibrations as it does against invasive wall noise.
Prepping the Ceiling Void
Before getting this project underway, seasoned contractors like to feel out the situation. They begin by peering into the void between the ceiling and the floor above. What’s the contractor looking for here? Well, while Green Glue noise proofing can dampen overhead foot traffic and the screech of moving upstairs furniture, the compound works better when it’s aided by a secondary noise-cancelling system. A layer of insulation will help. The wool or cellulose foam is possibly already installed as a thermal barrier, but it also functions quite well as a noise-absorbing umbrella.
A Fully-Integrated Ceiling Dampening Solutio
Even without overhead insulation, Green Glue compound is designed to deaden the low bass tones that propagate when a heavy human foot or furniture table leg strikes an upstairs floor heavily. Of note, ceiling noise proofing clips might be a viable option here. They’re worth considering if a ceiling to upper floor void won’t accept a thick layer of insulation. Anyway, back to the task at hand, it’s time to take a drive. After a trip to the local hardware store to pick up the ceiling plasterboard, the panels need to be cut to size. Next, the compound is liberally spread on the surface that will come in contact with the existing ceiling. An experienced craftsman leaves a little of the outer surfaces untouched, all the better to provide a clean lift point. Now, lifting by those clean surfaces, the Green Glue covered panels are raised into place.
It’s a two, maybe even three-man job, this ceiling soundproofing project. Granted, Green Glue is a sticky compound, but it’s not designed to support a thick plasterboard ceiling. As a pair of guys lifts the coated panels into place so that the compound forms a noise dampening sandwich layer between the existing and new ceiling, someone else needs to be ready to fasten the plasterboard to the ceiling joists. With that done, another tube of the compound is picked up. This is used to caulk the ceiling, to fill the gaps between the ceiling and the apartment walls. In conclusion, after a week or more of curing, those heavy footsteps should fade away until they no longer trouble the occupants of a downstairs room.