Case Study: Soundproofing Apartment Buildings

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Noise has consistently been known to be a leading factor in tenant turnover and lease breaks. When property management firms have noise issues, they turn to Residential Acoustics to solve them by soundproofing apartment buildings.

In an increasingly compact world, more and more property owners and managers are exploring noise disturbance issues and complaints. A quiet living environment is extremely valuable to students, tenants, homeowners and business associates. If a certain location has a lot of noise issues and complaints, chances are potential tenants won’t want to sign a lease there and current tenants won’t want to renew theirs.

Fixing Apartment Noise with Soundproof Curtains

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Anyone who has lived in an apartment has probably experienced the noise that comes from outside such as traffic noise and other tenants.

This is true in the case of IPA Development who came to Residential Acoustics twice in the past two years for large commercial orders of our patented sound blocking curtains. As the owners and developers of student housing complexes, IPA Development wanted to brand their company as a leader in quality, comfort and privacy for their students and active tenants in their properties.

IPA Development’s properties are located in a somewhat lively/urban environment, often surrounded by nightlife and music which disrupts academic students from sleeping soundly or studying. They also found being in such a populated area of residential and commercial business to be an issue. If you live in an area like this, you can expect to experience a lot of outside noise from traffic and public transportation coming in through the windows.

Avoiding Expensive Soundproofing Renovations

Instead of waiting for lease-breaks due to the abundance of complaints to management about the noise issues, IPA did some research and found our local business while seeking different options on how to resolve their problem. IPA was able to speak with one of our on-hand Acoustical Consultants to determine the right solution. They requested each student’s apartment should have our soundproofing curtain for their windows to secure the ideal noise control they initially wished and planned for when developing the property.












Bringing in Acoustical Consultants

Before placing their order with us, IPA Development purchased and tested a variety of soundproofing products from around the country. They hired a consultant to test the before and after sound quality with each product before determining our soundproofing AcousticCurtains™ . They have an STC of 29, to be the most effective. After a test curtain and on-site testing, their 300-party consultant agreed it was the most cost-effective after-math approach. The first year IPA purchased 150 sound blocking AcousticCurtains™ and AcoustiTracs™ to outfit the windows in their student housing complex.

Results of Soundproofing Apartment Windows

After installation, tenants were happier and more content as they experienced less outside noise; they also enjoyed the blackout properties of the curtains.

The following year, another of IPA’s multi-family properties was completed and they called hoping to continue our business relationship and to produce another large order of our AcousticCurtains™ and AcoustiTracs™ for their new development property. We have since finalized their second order and manufactured their custom-tailored order and shipped their facilities location.

How to Use Soundproof Curtains to Minimize Apartment Noise

Each year we assist many other properties with similar issues such as IPA Development’s to assure the efficacy of their companies’ standards and reputation. Student housing, residential and home developers world-wide use Residential Acoustic’s curtains to find a resolution to whatever their conflict of needing noise control could be, it’s just an inquiry to our website,, or a quick call to our office to speak with one of our acoustical consultants personally is just a couple clicks or phone call away.

If you’re interested in speaking with someone to find out more about our products and how they can be of benefit to your company’s needs, please call (813) 922-2390 and ask to speak with an acoustical consultant to discuss your options, pricing and custom solution.

Why We Continue Affordably Soundproofing Apartment Buildings

Here at Residential Acoustics, we continue to receive inquiries from apartment complexes and hotels about trying out our soundproof curtains. While each curtain can range from $119 to about $400 (depending on size) it’s a much more affordable option compared to doing an expensive renovation on an entire apartment building.

If you’d like even more noise reduction in your apartment we have some DIY tips you can use in our Ultimate Guide to Soundproof Your Apartment.