House Soundproofing Service

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Got A Noisy Neighbour?

The Wall Doctor is your go-to local expert for soundproofing in the Greater Toronto Area. We focus on soundproofing walls and ceilings to help you enjoy peace and quiet, whether it’s blocking out your neighbor’s conversations, music, or footsteps.

Noise issues are common in townhouses, multiplexes, and apartments. It’s not always easy to find the perfect soundproofing solution for your home since noise can come from walls, floors, ceilings, electrical outlets, light fixtures, and even ductwork.

Different sounds and frequencies require specific soundproofing methods and materials to effectively reduce noise. For example, airborne sounds like talking or music have higher frequencies, while impact sounds from footsteps or deep voices have lower frequencies. Solving these various sound challenges often involves using a mix of techniques and materials for the best results.

To better address your unique concerns, The Wall Doctor provides free onsite consultations.

Contact The Wall Doctor today to schedule your free consultation.

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Semi-Detached House Party Wall Soundproofing

Only a 2×4 wood stud wall with lathe and plaster separated the bedrooms between these two homes.  Once we removed the plaster and lathe on our client side we could see the lathe on the neighbours’s side and light coming through areas where the plaster had nail holes or around electrcial boxes. We proceed with applying noiseproofing putty around all the electrical boxes, followed by the installation of Rockwool Safe’n’Sound batt insulation.  We then installed 1 layer of Sonopan acoustic panels and 1 layer of Silent FX noise reducing drywall on top.  All the drywll seams and gaps where filled with a noiseproofing sealant and then taped and mudded.

Noise Proofing Putty

Many people don’t realize that often the electrical outlets and light switches on the walls are a major contributor to sound transmission through a neighbour’s wall.

Not insulating these boxes can easily compromise the efficacy of a soundproofing project.

Application of Soundproofing Putty Around Electrical Boxes
GreenGlue Application for Soundproofing a Wall

GreenGlue Application

There are two common methods of using GreenGlue to soundproof a wall.

1.  When the studs are exposed, Greenglue can be applied directly to the studs before installing the new drywall.

2. When installing new drywall on top of old drywall, GreenGlue can be applied to the back of the new drywall before adding this new layer to the wall.

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Common Questions About House Soundproofing

What is the best soundproofing material for a wall?

While it’s true that various wall assemblies require  distinct soundproofing methods and materials for optimal results, one product excels in blocking a broad range of sound frequencies: Sonopan. This Canadian-made acoustic panel is environmentally friendly, crafted from recycled wood fibers.

Why can I hear my next door neighbour's foot steps?

If you reside in an older townhouse or a semi-detached house, you’re likely familiar with a common issue: the transmission of impact noises like footsteps. These noises can travel through various materials, including the framing, floor joists, or floorboards.

One effective way to mitigate this sound transmission is by incorporating absorption materials at the source, such as carpeting or underpadding. However, this solution often proves impractical as it requires cooperation from your neighbors.

Alternatively, you can opt to soundproof the ceiling and walls on your side by decoupling the surfaces. This approach disrupts the continuous transmission from one side to the other by minimizing the common contact points between surfaces.

Is plaster or drywall better for sound proofing?

Plaster possesses greater mass compared to drywall, making it a superior material for absorbing and reducing sound transmission.  If you live in an old townhome or semi-detached house and are planning to replace the plaster and lathe with drywall, then you should consider adding some other sound proofing materials to improve the wall sound transmission ratings.

What materials are used for soundproofing?

Here are some of materials that we commonly use for soundproofing walls and ceilings: Noise reducing drywall like Silent FX or QuietRock, Soundproofing sealants and compounds like GreenGlue, Soundproofing putty for electrical boxes, decoupling clips, resilient channels, Sonopan acoustic panels, Safe’n’Sound batt insulation, 5/8″ drywall, mass loaded vinyl.

Which methods work best for soundproofing?

Some of the techniques and methods we use to reduce sound transmission are:  Adding mass to a wall, adding sound absorbing materials, decoupling surfaces and adding damping materials that dissipate vibrational energy.

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