Soundproofing Solutions for Walls, Windows and Curtains

Basement Ceiling Soundproofing Options

Basements ordinarily are extra rooms beneath the ground floor of our homes where we stack our unused stuff inside boxes. Since it’s basically underground it would be considered ideal for either a storage or a wine cellar. It would also make a good hiding spot for the kids and a good spot for a haunted prank during Halloween.

All these options may not give you a good reason to want to soundproof your basement ceiling, but picture it as an office, a study, a studio, an art room, a library or even a man cave slash game room for your teenagers.

All these types of rooms will need a quiet and private space as any type of noise would be unpleasant.

 

soundproofing your basement

 

Since it is below ground level it will have an issue with airborne noise which is sounds from people or the TV generally carried by the medium which is air.

Another type of noise that would affect the basement is the impact noise which results from one solid material having contact with another, like our feet when we walk on the floor. There is also the issue of flanking noise which uses indirect mediums to intrude the soundproof barrier. It is the most difficult to control.

How Do You Soundproof Your Basement Ceiling?

If you plan on undergoing the project of basement conversion, you may want to consider some soundproofing materials. To aid you in making productive choices, we have compiled a list of various materials and ways to soundproof your basement.
 

Plasterboard Experience

One of the basic elements to consider while soundproofing, is mass. To create a better soundproof barrier, you have to increase the mass on your ceiling. Attaching standard plasterboard to the under of the ceiling would greatly reduce sound invasion. But this is not a perfect sound barrier.

Adding another layer of plasterboard and using Green Glue will definitely take the soundproof quality to a whole new level. It isn’t quite perfect but it’s just about there.

Acoustic Foam/Tiles

These are most commonly found in recording studios, radio and television stations. The tiles aid in vibration reduction. This helps to stop echoes from bouncing off the walls and from escaping the room. It is most effective for impact and airborne noise.

They are best for soundproofing walls. But the ATS Acoustic Panels are a great alternative for basement ceilings. 

When attaching the acoustic foam or tile to the ceiling, use the Green Glue compound as an adhesive. Smear it all over the ceiling before attaching the foam. Aside from being an adhesive, the components used in the production of the Green Glue compound makes it good for soundproofing.

Soundproofing Mats

This could be considered as an alternative to acoustic foams. Rather than foams, a mat would be used. A good example is Donner soundproof material. It’s a thick and light roll of black material made of vinyl and a high mass element. Vinyl increases its flexibility while the high mass element boosts the density of the material. Because of its nature, MuteX material has very extensive uses. 

An alternative to the Donner soundproof material is the Mass Loaded Vinyl (MLV). This is a dense but malleable material.

It is filled with little metal particles which increase the mass of the material. As mass is a major factor to be considered in soundproofing, MLV would be a great alternative for the job. 

Resilient Channels

This has to do with plasterboard and flanking noise. Since flanking noise use an indirect medium such as floor to floor sounds, wall to wall or corners to move, they are very unpredictable and difficult to prevent. So far, the best way to do that would be to use resilient channels while fixing up your plasterboard.

Seal the cracks on your drywall with Green Glue.

 

While sticking up your plasterboard, leave about two metres gap between the ceiling structure and the plasterboard. This leaves the plasterboard hanging and creates resilient channels.

Whenever there is a sound being made from the rooms or floors above the basement, it bounces around on the bars of the joints located between the structures then fades off before it can pass through the sound barrier.


Seal The Cracks On Your Plasterboard With Green Glue

Have you ever blown a balloon only for it to slowly deflate because of a little gap at the side? Well, the same theory applies to the cracks or gaps in your walls. They create a space for sounds to slither in. This doesn’t apply only to the ceiling. It involves the walls and window if there is any in your basement.

Green Glue (1) is a sound damping compound that is very effective in its job and affordable too. To prevent spending a lot of money, simply use green glue to seal up the gaps. 

To use the Green Glue, you may need a dispensing gun for a clean and easy job. 

Absorb Sounds With Carpets And Mats

This is different from the soundproofing mats which are attached to the ceiling of the basement. This is simply placing thick carpets, rugs or mats on the floor above the basement to absorb sound. It is not entirely soundproof but it is very effective for airborne and impact sound.

Reposition Your Furniture

This might sound a bit far-fetched but it also works to an extent. It involves no cost at all but it can be a bit stressful. You just have to change the position of the furniture in the room above the basement. How certain decors are placed will either reduce or increase the level of sound we hear in the basement below.

Choose whichever method that appeals to you and achieve your perfect soundproof space. Whenever you are ready, we are here.

Glossary

  1. Green Glue [1]