A new generation of young professionals is looking for a means to enter the housing market. Condominiums are an attractive price point. To meet this demand, owners of rental housing are, considering converting their currently rented properties into condominiums. A number of considerations enter into this decision, not the least of which is the applicable law. The Massachusetts Condominium Conversion Statute creates hurdles for owners to jump before converting their property to condominiums, as well as consequences for landlords who fail to jump these hurdles. One of the is condominium soundproofing.
There are minimum federal standards for condominium soundproofing in Boston. Much like Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco these cities grow vertically, when that happens you need something in between floors such as PROFLEX 90 or ECORE QT. If its tile, wood or other hard surfaces you will want a sound control underlayment such as PROFLEX,ECORE or WECORK. This will ensure that when you are walking or the kids are playing, the impact to the tenant downstairs is minimized as much as possible. This is a solid practice for condo associations and landlords to implement when owners plan to redo the floors does nothing but increase the value of the building and keep your tenants happy.
I was just in Southie last week at my sisters place and her condo is an old building. The owner obviously went the cheap route and didn’t use sound control under any of the floors. I could hear the person above her place and it was just a single man walking around as normal as can be. This should not happen when you are paying 2K for a place in this day and age. There are fairly inexpensive methods to reduce noise between floors. Say it costs $3 a square foot to install something under hardwood, that would have cost the landlord or tenant $3000, but for the rest of the buildings life there is sound control. Imagine if there are two kids upstairs, how brutal.
Condominium soundproofing is important in Boston. Proflex MSC 90, Ecore QT and WeCork provide the sound control needed between floors.
Moral of the story is that there are ways to reduce noise pollution under flooring so that all condominium owners can have a peace of mind. Doesn’t take much, and adds value to your building.