Good Questions: Ceiling Insulation?

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Dear AT,

I just bough a new apartment and have only discovered since living here is that my ceiling is very thin, and I can hear everything my neighbors and their children do upstairs. They are nice people and do have rugs on the floor, but it is still really loud.

It is so bad that I can sleep well at night and have seriously thought about selling my apartment and moving.

Do you know of anything I can do? How would I insulate the ceiling or their floor. They are willing to work with me, but don't know what to do.

Thanks, Brandi

This is not an easy fix and can only think of three different solutions:
1. Layer your ceiling with insulation foam covered in a nice, neutral fabric, just as they do in restaurants
2. Build a new ceiling over the old one with insulation foam in between
3. Invest in wall to wall carpeting with padding on your neighbor's floor

We think that, unfortunately, the second choice is the best option and would recommend Anthony Riccio of AD Construction (347.267.1681) or email at adconstr@aol.comwould be able to tell you exactly how and how $$ much. This Link might be helpful too. (Thanks, Brandi!) MGR

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