Loud Neighbors? Will Carpet or Padding Reduce Noise?

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Loud Neighbors? Will Thick Carpet or Pad Help Reduce Noise and Sound?

Hi Alan,

I just checked out your website, CarpetProfessor.com, as I want to purchase and install a very durable, soil and stain resistant carpet in my heavy-traffic rental apartment, by end of this month. I also want to reduce the sound coming from my upstairs neighbors.

I own a fairly-new three-floor, two-family home, with the first two floors owner-occupied and the 3rd floor is a rental. The rental has 2 bedrooms, a storage room, living room and dining area, a very long staircase from ground floor to the rental apartment and another staircase inside rental apartment to the terrace.

I believe the two staircases have about 44 steps total. I just remodeled the rental apartment and removed all the old carpet as my last tenants soiled and stained the carpet beyond recognition.

I tried to get expert carpet advice, but my first two tries ended in disaster.

I tried National Floors Direct and found their salesperson a fraud and a scam using high pressure sales tactics. He was more interested in getting a down payment from me than recommending or advising me on best carpet and padding. He wanted a $2,000 down payment for a carpet he first priced at $7,500 and then dropped the price to $4,500 if I paid the deposit before he leaves. This was a very bad experience and scary.

Then I tried Empire Today, which sent an inexperienced salesperson to me and that did not go well. I found the guy only interested in making money and did not care if I made wise and informed choices.

Then I found your website. Your free information about carpet and padding was very valuable to me so I thought I would ask for your help. I need to install new carpet throughout the entire rental apartment by end of this month.

Best Carpet and Pad Options for Loud Neighbors?

The owner-occupied floors and the rental floor are not sound proof and we are very concerned about loud noise coming from the upstairs tenants’ floor. I originally wanted to install tiles in the tenants’ floor but decided against it because tiles do not reduce the noise or absorb sound.

I know a good quality carpet and padding does help reduce and absorb sound, so I decided I would install carpet in the rental floor and on staircases. However, I am still trying to figure out the best type of noise or sound reducing, durable, soil and stain resistant carpet and padding to purchase. So here are my main questions:

Q. What carpet and padding would you recommend for the rental apartment, bedrooms, living and dining rooms and storage room to reduce the sound from stomping feet and other loud noises coming from the upstairs apartment?

Q. I see where you recommended a commercial-grade carpet for the staircase, but would this help reduce noise or sound better than a residential-grade carpet and pad?

I live in Queens, NY near your recommended Bay Ridge Carpet & Linoleum Carpet Dealer. I plan to check out this company tomorrow or so and I hope they are still trustworthy and honest as you indicate on your website.

Which Carpet and Padding Will Reduce Noise Best?

Alan please reply to my email and questions ASAP. I really need your help and recommendations on best carpet and padding to purchase to meet my needs. I took your Carpet Foot-traffic Test and the results show I have Heavy-Traffic. Thanks, and God Bless, Kim

Reply:

Hi Kim,
Your dealings with Empire and National is par for the course. Sorry you had to go through that. It is well known that most nationally advertised retailers use high-pressure sales tactics and their sales reps have limited knowledge about the products they sell. I always recommend buying from a locally owned and family run carpet dealer.

I can’t tell you what grade of carpet you need to to buy, as there are so many options for you to consider. If you allow pets, then you might want to consider installing a lower priced carpet. Pets that have frequent wet accidents can ruin an expensive carpet just a fast as an inexpensive carpet. You already know how much damage some tenants and their pets can do. If your tenants will be staying for many years and have no pets, then a better grade of carpet might be a better option.

Does thick carpet or padding help reduce noise and sound?

I think you should select at least an 8-pound density “Rebond” type padding to help reduce noise from your upstairs tenants.Rebond is the most economical padding and it does a great job of supporting the carpet and has excellent sound deadening properties.

The padding thickness to choose will depend on the type and style of carpet you select. In most cases a 7/16″ padding thickness will be appropriate. Some dealers have higher density pads and increased thicknesses. Too much padding thickness can cause your carpets to develop wrinkles. A half inch thickness is where I would draw the line for a frieze, plush or textured style carpet. Looped Berber styles are not a good choice for rentals because they tend to snag easily.

I do think it would be wise to select a commercial-grade carpet for your stairs and use a synthetic-fiber padding. It is a dense pad and has anti-microbial properties. It will last longer and help quiet the sound of stomping feet. Stairs always take a beating and a commercial grade carpet and pad is more durable and will save you money in the long run.

Loud Neighbors? Will Carpet or Padding Reduce Noise?

Bear in mind that you will still have some noises and sounds from neighbors that you will need to live with and tolerate. Even the thickest carpet and padding can only do so much to reduce the noises and sounds from people living near you.

Yes, Ritchie’s Bay Ridge Carpet is still my #1 carpet choice in Brooklyn and they can help you select a carpet that will serve you best and help reduce the noise from your upstairs neighbors!

Link;
http://www.CarpetProfessor.com/preferred_carpet_store_in_new_york_NY.htm

Be sure to print out my discount carpet coupon to save up to $100 on your purchase. Let me know how it goes! Please tell Ritchie I sent you!

Kind Regards,

Alan aka The Carpet Professor
www.carpetprofessor.com

Reply:

Thanks Alan and God Bless you. You are the best. I will tell Ritchie you sent me, Kim

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10 Ways to Save On Apartment Carpet

10 Ways to Save On Apartment Carpet

Landlords and rental property owners can easily save a fortune on Carpet and Flooring replacements by following the tips, tricks and tidbits revealed in this timely article by Alan Fletcher – a 30 year carpet and flooring expert.

 

1. Choose a carpet that meets your apartment or rental property needs.

The carpet you install in your rental unit must be able to endure the normal wear of your typical tenant. You also need to consider the frequency of your current carpet replacements and if you allow pets. Select a lower grade of carpet if you tend to replace it more often due to pet damage or excessive wear. Choose a better grade carpet if you do not allow pets and your tenants are generally not overly rough on your carpets. The trick to saving money here is to select a grade of carpet with a life expectancy equal to or exceeding the lifestyle and average length of stay of your tenants. 

Many factors contribute to this approach, including the average age of your tenants, number of children, average income and occupation, type of pets, etc. Selecting a better grade carpet can potentially add several years to the life expectancy of your carpets. It could be well worth the additional expense if you do not allow pets and your average tenant stays for 5 to10 years. It may be a waste of money if your average tenant turnover were less than 2 years and you allow pets.

Continued…

 

Read full article here:

 

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What is a Good Carpet Choice for Kids Dogs Cats and Pets?

What is a Good Carpet Choice for Kids Dogs Cats and Pets?

Q. I am looking for a good quality carpet that can withstand children, cats, dogs and heavy traffic. I have a formal living room that you land in upon entering my house. To get to any other part of the house at that point, one needs to walk through the living room. My biggest problem is the traffic marks from the front door, across the living room and down the hallway to the bedrooms. This gets dirty fast.

Alan’s response:

A Nylon Frieze is one of the most durable and best-wearing carpet styles. There is only one type of carpet fiber that can withstand kids, pets, and heavy traffic, it’s a Nylon Frieze. Depending on how long you want your carpet to last, you need to choose accordingly. I suggest you take my free Carpet Foot Traffic Test and follow the prompts until you determine what face-weight and pile density might best meet your needs and goals. 

For example: A 100% nylon frieze carpet style with a tuft twist of at least 6, a face weight of 38 to 45-oz, and a pile density of at 1800-2200 is designed to withstand 10 to 15 years of medium to heavy traffic. Frieze styles wear so well because they have a higher tuft twist and Nylon is the most durable fiber. Smartstrand by Mohawk is another good option if you want a carpet that is easy to clean and is excellent at resisting stains. Between Nylon and Smartstrand I think that the most important thing to consider is your budget and how long you want your new carpet to last. Overall, Nylon will last longer, but Smartstrand will be a bit easier to clean. Smartstrand is also known as Triextra or PTT or Sorona and was invented by DuPont. Personally I am a fan of Nylon because it has stood the teat of time for over 70 years while Smartstrand has been around for about 10 years.

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Let me be clear, I don’t sell carpet or flooring materials. I do not require you to stop using anyone who you are currently doing business with. I can save you money no matter who you do business with right now. My flooring management solution is revolutionary. You will be amazed.

 

What you need to know about my services upfront:

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  • I do NOT require you to change your property management company.
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Every apartment investor and maintenance supervisor should have a copy of my powerful property management guide entitled “Landlord Floors – Carpet and vinyl management for rentals”  in their bookshelf. It is the new  standard in rental flooring management. Now available for instant download to your computer. I think all real estate investors are skeptical by nature. After you read my Landlord Flooring Management Guide you will have little doubt as to my credentials in this industry and my ability to help you save thousands each and every year. But what I reveal in my books is only the tip of the iceberg! 

 

4. I’ve developed an incredible comprehensive flooring management strategy that will save you thousands, guaranteed! There’s no other system like it in the world.

My comprehensive floor covering consulting service is not offered by any other company in the world. What I have to offer you is totally unique. I can help you  save as much as 25% or more on your flooring replacement and repair expenses without you having to change your current flooring vendor or suppliers. Most of my techniques are very easy to implement and offer immediate and substantial savings. It sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? and the best part is… It won’t cost you anything to find out how much money you can save….

 

5. Let me explain further by giving you a common scenario.

Let’s say,  for example purposes, that you happen to own a 300-unit apartment complex that is at least 5- years old. It is likely that you hope that your carpet and vinyl flooring will last for at least five years before it needs to be replaced. But the sad truth is, you often end up replacing your flooring more often than that. But for this example, let’s just say that you only replace your flooring every five years. That means you will be replacing about 5 units per month, every month, as long as you own these apartments. (300-units divided by 60-months = 5)   I don’t work with those who own less than 300 rental units because of the cost to implement my programs. You would not be willing to spend $1000 to save $1000 would you? No. But if I could save you $30,000 this year what would that be worth to you? This is the reality I am talking about if you only have 300 units. How many units do you have? How much money should you be saving? You’ll never know unless you call me and talk to me about it. It’s only money. But it’s YOUR money we are talking about.

 

Now, the typical 2 bedroom 1-bath apartment has 80 yards of carpet and 20 yards of vinyl. At current market prices carpet and vinyl flooring replacement is typically about $1200 for the carpet and about $400 for the vinyl. That’s about $1800 per unit, and again, you do this about 5 times per month on average. That adds up to approximately $9000 per month or $108,000 per year. However, if you allow pets, or if there are any unexpected flooring repairs needed, mold or dry-rot  or water damage to fix, or if your tenants rebuild their motorcycle engines in your living rooms this amount will surely go up.

 

One hundred and eight thousand dollars is a lot of money. How would you like to only pay out $80,000 and save $28,000 per year? But not just this year, every year. In five years your savings would be $140,000. In twenty years your savings would be $560,000 or more. Let’s not forget the interest you could be earning on this money.  Does this interest you? It should because it can be a reality for you. The more more units you own the more money you can save.

 

I have just described what an owner of just 300 apartment units can expect to save by using my flooring management solution. It’s easy to implement and you don’t have to change who you do business with right now. You just have to add me into the equation and give me the ability to make some changes to the way you do business with flooring vendors and how you handle your onsite management operations. Basically I need you or your property management company to allow me to implement some strategies that will yield dramatic savings for you.

 

I know you would like to know what my strategies are and how I can possibly save you such a huge amount of money, but this is the secret to my success. It is a well-developed set of proven strategies. Once I reveal my strategies to you or your property management company you will have no more need for my services. That’s why I will require that you sign a confidentiality agreement

 

 

Maybe you are thinking…

 

But I hired a top-notch Property Management Company to handle all this on my behalf. I don’t have the time to deal with this. It’s there job to go with the lowest bid and save me money wherever possible. I trust that they will do a good job for me!

 

Yes, I understand, you give your Property Management Company a budget and they make due as best they can. They want to save you as much money as possible because it makes their portfolio look good to potential clients. But when it comes to flooring replacements,  they don’t always have enough time, experience or staff to save you the most money possible.  

 

Why are you in business if not to maximize profits? I would like to present you with a golden opportunity to put a huge amount of money back into your pocket. Anyone would be willing to entertain the thought of saving $10,000, $20,000 or $50,000 per year or more, right? 

 

Finally, let me ask you a simple question, if you could invest a mere $1000 and get a quick return of $10000 within this year would you be interested?  What if that same $1000 initial investment would save you $10000 next year too. And the year after that and 10 to 20 years after that too. That’s the power of my strategic flooring management solution. Once implemented, my flooring management system will work for you again and again, year after year without any more investment from you. 

 

Once you discover how to tap into the power of my program you will have the benefit of saving money from this day forward. But you must agree to keep my strategies a secret. Doing so will also give you a huge edge over your competition.

 

Don’t let this once in a lifetime opportunity pass you by. Call me today and let’s put together your unique flooring solution. A solution that will increase your rental profits dramatically for years to come. You have nothing to lose and thousands to gain.

 

Regards,

 

Alan J. Fletcher

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Cat, Dog, Pet Urine Stain Odor Products – Do they really work?

 

Cat pee, cat piss, cat spray, cat urine.

No matter what you call it, it stinks!  

By Alan J. Fletcher

I have a cat urine problem like so many people do today… this is my story….

The problem I have is, I love my cat. And even though she is ruining my carpet and making my life miserable I need to find a simple solution to this problem. It may not be so simple because I’ve tried many products featured on television and at this point nothing really seems to work. They are nothing more than rip-offs.

So, at this point I am desperate to find a viable solution to my cat urine problem and am willing to try anything, at any price, to resolve the problem, as long as I don’t have to get rid of my cat. She is my best feline friend named Carmen.

Carmen is a middle aged cat, about 7 years old now I figure. I rescued her from the humane society about four years ago. They said she was about three years old. She is a multi-colored cat, with a Carmel tone and a long tail. Carmen is a fairly lazy cat, and she stays inside most of the time. But she goes outside when it is not raining and the mood suits her. During the day she prefers to curl up in a ball and sleep on my bed or hang out near the front window on her carpet covered cat condo.

Most of the time she uses her litter box when she is home alone but sometimes she sneaks behind the television to pee in the corner. She also likes to pee in a spot in the spare bedroom sometimes. I don’t know exactly why she does this; perhaps I am at fault for not putting her outside more often. Maybe she smells another previous pet in that spot and it is a territorial thing. Maybe I don’t change her litter box as often as she might like. I just don’t know anything for sure. She won’t tell me. I never punish her, I don’t think spanking a cat is something that I could live with.  

When I am home, she may wait by the door patiently until I let her out. But she only stays outside for an hour or two and then wants back inside. She is not a very social cat. There are other cats in the area but she does not interact with them. Maybe it is because she has been spayed. The neighborhood tom cats don’t have any interest in her.

She does like to play. We play with a string and a catnip mouse at times. I tried using dental floss once, it was mint flavored and when she put it into her mouth she did not like the flavor at all. She even watches television with me. I can see her head moving as objects move across the screen. She becomes very alert when a dog barks or a cat howls on television. She sleeps on my bed at night.

She loves tuna flavored wet food but I only giver her that a couple times a week. I give her dry food, the vet recommended kind. She seems to like it just fine.

I don’t know why she pees in the corner. It might be my entire fault. Maybe she is not able to hold it very long and I don’t notice that she wants to outside in time. Perhaps she is just lazy. Maybe she is mad at me for being gone at work all day. I don’t know. I just know that she is making my life miserable. I cannot afford to have the carpets cleaned every month or replace the carpet every year. I need a solution that is low cost and highly effective.

Regardless of why she is doing this, I now have a couple areas where the odor is very pungent and I just can’t stand the smell of cat pee, especially on those warm summer days. I have got to do something, and replacing the carpet is not my first choice, nor in my budget.

When those television commercials say that they have the solution to my cat odor problem I pick up the phone and read off my credit card number. I have tried three pet urine products in the past 9 months without much success. Recently I saw a new product on the market, let’s call it brand X.  This one says it will cure my urine problem once and for all, I really hope this one works because I am tired of spending money trying to deal with this problem. 

They claim that it can quickly and easily remove pet urine stains and odor from carpets and upholstery simply by spraying on their newfangled enzyme solution and letting it dry. So for about twenty bucks I desperately needed to give it a try, hoping and praying that this time it will be THE product that will finally solve my never-ending dilemma of pet urine from my beloved cat.

Once the product arrived, I eagerly headed to the main hidden area where Carmen tends to frequent. So I spray and spray the magical solution until my hand becomes fatigued, soaking the entire area as the directions have stated. Then I sprayed the other areas that were not as severe.

During the treatment, my curious feline wanted to know what I was doing so she came over to the evil spot and sniffed around momentarily and then fled indignantly. I could tell that she recognized the stinky area as one of her no-tell zones and she didn’t want to hang around long enough to be held accountable. 

After applying the product I am instructed to wait until the product has time to work it’s magic and dry completely… So I eagerly wait…………………….

If you’re like me, waiting for something to happen is nerve racking. Waiting for a stain to disappear or odor to be eliminated is very difficult to see as it happens, but every couple of hours I headed back to the scene of the crime and look to see if there was any noticeable difference. I put my face down close to the carpet and sniffed eagerly. Not a fun thing to do, and at this point the smell was still there in full force. Eewwww!

I have to say that cat urine (or any other urine) is not a nice smell to endure and putting my nose within two inches of the nasty spot is making me feel like a slave to my beloved kitty. And although I would never consider giving up my cute little friend, this urine problem is putting a horrible strain on our relationship. I have spent over $130 in the last two years on urine remedies and cleaning supplies, so far no luck in solving this issue. 

The next morning I woke and went straight to the treated area to see if it had dried. It had not. I rub my hand across the carpet and feel wetness. My hand now smells of cat urine and enzymes. In my eagerness I had used up almost one entire bottle on this one main spot, so drying time will obviously take longer. I figured if I sprayed on a ton of this stuff it will work better. Once again my nose is inches from the carpet hoping to smell nothing more than a sweet fragrance, but the urine smell was still very evident. I am not going to make any rash decisions until the area is fully dry.. So I am off to work. I want to make sure this product has plenty of time to work its magic. I will check it again when I get home in about 7 hours…

Home from work I head straight to the spot to see if the area was dry. It was not. Again I put my nose to the area hoping for a sweet smelling carpet. Eewwww… no sweet smell yet. I rub my hand across the carpet and feel wetness. My hand now smells of cat urine again. This is frustrating.  I decide to not deal with this again until the next morning. 

I wake up and the first thing on my mind is the cat urine issue. I have more important issues to deal with but this issue is the one on my mind. What have I become? A slave to my cat? There are major issues at work that I am facing, legal and financial obligations looming but still the cat pee is the first thing I think about when I wake up. So, I head out to the living room, move the TV out a little and once again rub my hand across the carpet and I discover the area is finally dry! I quickly place my nose to the spot and…. It still smells like cat pee. But there is a hint of fragrance too. I guess it is like the old saying of fish and roses. I think the smell is not as bad, but never the less, the smell is still there. Even after two weeks, the smell is still just as strong. Now my cat has found a new spot to pee, behind the plant next to the couch. It happens to be near the heat vent. I think my problem has become worse. 

For those of you looking to find the best option for your pet urine problem, I don’t believe any quick-fix spray shown on TV is going to do the trick. One product I have found does work but it is not a quick fix. It requires some work and diligence.

 

 

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