Hotel Soundproofing 101: What You Need to Know
I love staying in a hotel. The room is clean and the bed is made every day. It’s like heaven to me. There is one thing that can ruin this utopian experience for me, though – noise. Now, I can deal with traffic sounds, because I’m used to living in a city – but I have a really hard time sleeping when I can hear people next door.
I know I’m not alone. Everyone enjoys a peaceful night’s sleep in a hotel, but excessive outside noise can easily disrupt that comfortable ambiance. And there are so many sources for unwanted sounds that can’t be controlled. There’s highway traffic, loud conversations, housekeeping vacuums, elevators, TV noise and music, kids running down hallways…the list goes on and on.
So in order to be successful in this era when travel reviews dictate whether a property is profitable, hotel owners and managers need a reliable noise reduction strategy. It’s critical to ensure that guests can relax and enjoy their time away.
Fortunately, our team knows how to address acoustic needs in the hospitality industry, and soundproofing hotel rooms is a big part of that. So, whether you want to start by soundproofing the walls, doors, ceilings, or floors, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about soundproofing hotels, including benefits and product recommendations.
Why is Hotel Soundproofing Important?
We’ve all been in a hotel where you can hear your neighbor next door, and whether you’re talking about a random cough or what they’re watching on television, it can ruin the experience of staying in a nice hotel. And sometimes no one is doing anything wrong, they’re just enjoying themselves!
I’ll never forget my first trip to Las Vegas. I was there for business over spring break. Three older women were in the room next to mine. I was thankful it wasn’t a group of rowdy college kids as I passed them in the hallway before dinner. But man, these women knew how to have fun after dark. While I was trying to sleep, they were hooting and hollering into the wee hours of the night. They weren’t trying to be annoying, and I hated to ruin their fun, but I had to call the front desk because I had a big meeting the next day. It made me appreciate the importance of soundproofing in hotels and how doing so can actively benefit all guests by allowing them to have their own unique experiences – whether partying all night or trying to get some much needed rest – without disturbing one another.
Indeed, as the old saying goes, “Good fences make good neighbors.” The same principle can be applied to hotel rooms! As long as you can’t hear what’s happening outside your walls, you can relax without worrying about what’s happening next door or down the hallway. That’s the kind of hospitality hotel owners strive to offer, which is why soundproofing is so important and should not be overlooked.
How to Soundproof a Hotel Room
When it comes to soundproofing a room, there are many ways sound can enter a room that you have to consider and unfortunately, it requires some renovation. Often people think that hanging a few acoustic panels on the walls will do the trick. While that will reduce reverberation and echo, acoustic panels won’t keep sounds from entering and leaving a space. To make a hotel room completely soundproof, you have to add a sound barrier to the walls, floors, and ceilings. Windows and doors need to be addressed too. You can’t just cover part of a wall, or part of the ceiling, because sound will pass through the gap. So, let’s break it down:
Soundproofing Hotel Walls
When talking about soundproofing hotel rooms, walls are important to tackle. After all, when you are staying in a hotel, loud next door neighbors can be harder to ignore than street noise. When walls aren’t soundproof, they allow a lot of noise transmission. Here’s an acoustic solution you can use to soundproof hotel room walls:
Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound
Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound is super easy to install, making it a budget-friendly soundproofing option for hotels. It works by stopping the sound vibrations from moving between walls to prevent noise transmission.
Soundproofing Hotel Windows
If you’re trying to soundproof a hotel room, you’ll also want to focus some time and attention on the windows. Sound waves travel through glass, so even the smallest hotel room window can create a ton of sound transmission. Single pane windows, and hollow window frames are especially problematic. Since hotel properties have many windows, replacing them all is typically not viable. We have a popular alternative acoustic solution for soundproofing hotel windows:
PrivacyShield® Window Seal Kit
Our PrivacyShield® Window Seal Kits are easy to install and work by adding a layer to the window’s surface. This layer functions as a barrier that prevents sound from moving through the windows. It is ideal for hotel rooms near parking lots, busy streets, event centers, or noisy intersections.
Soundproofing Hotel Doors
Doors are another big culprit when it comes to sound transmission. Unfortunately, true soundproof doors cost thousands of dollars, so in a property with a couple hundred rooms, that’s a million dollar investment. If industry-standard soundproof doors aren’t an option because of cost, we recommend replacing existing hollow doors with solid-core doors. Solid-core doors reduce quite a bit of sound transmission between hallways and other rooms and feel more high end to your guests However, if the cost of installing solid-core doors is still out of reach and you’re looking for the most cost-effective option, we’ve got you covered. Here are some additional acoustical solutions to help soundproof your doors:
Acoustic Door Threshold
Acoustic Door Thresholds can be installed on the floor underneath hotel doors to reduce sound transmission in. They work by blocking the gap between the bottom of the door and the floor. This is an ideal option for hotel owners who don’t want to replace their doors, but need additional soundproofing for their hotel rooms.
Automatic Door Bottom
A less common but also viable way to seal the gap underneath the door is to install our Automatic Door Bottoms. They attach directly to the bottom of your hotel door to prevent sound transmission through that tiny space between the bottom of the door and the finished floor. Our Automatic Door Bottom is especially helpful in hotel rooms that do not have carpeting.
Soundproofing Hotel Floors
Sometimes, the best strategy to soundproof a space is to begin by treating the room directly above it. This is especially true in multi-story apartment buildings and hotels where noise is primarily generated in the floor above. That’s why when it comes to soundproofing hotel rooms, I can’t undersell the value of flooring treatments. Depending on your current configuration, soundproofing your floors can be pretty challenging. Here are a few products that will make soundproofing your floors much simpler:
Iso-Step® Soundproofing Underlayment
The Iso-Step® Soundproofing Underlayment works by stopping the vibrations caused by heavy footfalls so that noise doesn’t bleed through hotel ceilings. Plus, installing Iso-Step Soundproofing Underlayment is incredibly simple. For floating floors, you roll the underlayment out beneath your flooring, and you can use Iso-Step® Soundproofing Underlayment Adhesive or Iso-Step® Quick Cure Soundproofing Underlayment Adhesive to install the underlayment beneath fixed floors.
Acousti-Mat® Floor Underlayment
Depending on your flooring assembly, the Acousti-Mat® Floor Underlayment may be a better option for your floors. It works similarly to the Iso-Step Underlayment by stopping the vibrations from transmitting through the floors, for the peace of your downstairs guests.
Soundproofing Hotel Ceilings
Of course, if you’re thinking about soundproofing your floors, you might also consider soundproofing your ceilings. This is another area in a hotel room that suffers from sound leakage and there are a lot of products to address it. Plus, if you soundproof your ceilings and your floors, you can drastically reduce sound transmission Check out our vast selection of ceiling treatments to learn more about soundproofing your ceiling.
Soundproof Your Hotel with Acoustical Solutions
Soundproofing is a vital investment for hotel owners. By reducing exterior noise, enhancing privacy, and increasing customer satisfaction, hotels can ensure a peaceful and comfortable stay for their guests. Plus, it is relatively affordable if you know where to look.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help soundproof your hotel and revitalize your guest experience!
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