Soundproofing a Basement Ceiling

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Every homeowner knows that hearing sounds of TV’s stereos, games, and conversations that carry from one area to another can be irritating. In this case, you should consider basement noise reduction when renovating your basement. Soundproofing the ceiling tiles will reduce the noise that travels between the upper and lower levels. Also, soundproofing the basement ceiling is one of the more cost-effective and easy renovations that can be done to increase the level of comfort and privacy in all rooms of the home.

Basement Noise

Before you begin soundproofing a finished basement ceiling, first you must figure out the noise you want to block:

  1. Airborne Noise
    Airborne noise is noise that travels through the air from one place to the next. The sounds can travel through walls, ceilings, and floors or bounce around the hard surfaces to get from one room to another. Music, loud voices, and notes from musical instruments are all examples of airborne noise.
  2. Impact Noise
    Impact noise occurs when the force of an object hits another surface. The sound from one object hitting another radiates off the surface and transmits the noise to other rooms or areas. Banging pots, footsteps, doors closing, and balls hitting the ground are examples of impact sound.

Once you determine the type of noise you want to block, you can renovate your area to reduce the noise levels.

Basement Soundproofing Techniques

There are many ways to soundproof a basement. Some of the most efficient techniques to do so include:

Area Rugs and Carpeting

Adding area rugs or carpeting to the upper and lower level will reduce the impact noise in each area of the home. Carpeting absorbs impacts and will reduce the amount of noise basement dwellers hear from top tenants.

Fill In the Gaps

Noise travels more easily through openings in hard surfaces. You can soundproof your basement ceiling to lower the amount of noise passing through any cracks and crevices by filling them with high-quality acoustic sealant or soundproofing caulk.

Soundproof Insulation

When remodelling your basement, adding soundproof insulation to the ceiling will reduce both types of noise. Acoustic or fibreglass insulation muffles the sound better than regular insulation. Not only will insulating material help reduce the noise volume, but it will also help regulate internal temperature in both upper and lower living areas in your property.

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Soundproof Ceiling Tiles

There are several soundproof tiles for basement ceilings available. Applying the tiles over soundproof insulation will control the amount of airborne and impact noise that travels from one area to another. When selecting tiles, make sure they are government-standard and made to muffle the type of noise you want to reduce.

Soundproofing your basement ceiling is an easy and cost-effective way to add comfort to all areas of your home. Reach out to a professional basement contractor to find out about basement noise reduction.