In this article we will be talking about how to soundproof your home on a budget. With this economy people are always looking for economical ways to soundproof their home's.
These days many homes have home theaters or entertainment rooms. When building a home theater, you want to make it as soundproof as possible so that you can watch a movie at 2 AM and not bother the other occupants of the house.
If you are soundproofing from scratch, there are many common building material that can be used in place of more costly professional soundproofing agents. For example, you could use rolled roofing as a sound barrier in place of many vinyl barriers. The rolled roofing will not be nearly as effective as mass loaded vinyl, but it is better than doing nothing to soundproof.
In today’s economy, even the professional soundproofing agents are quite affordable. Mass Loaded Vinyl (MLV for short) used to cost as much as $10 per sq ft, but these days, that same loaded vinyl costs around $1.10 per sq ft. That would actually be less costly than the rolled roofing and would do a much better job on both walls and ceilings.
Now this being said, high grade drywall itself is a decent sound proofer and can he had at any hardware store or home improvement center. The combination of mass loaded vinyl and drywall make for an excellent sound barrier wall assembly, that would keep costs to a minimum.
If you are in to process of building and soundproofing a Home Studio or a Home theater there are many economical things that can be done to soundproof the room as well as to add very effective sound conditioning materials that will reduce the echo in that space.
If you are willing to do the ultimate soundproofing job for your Home theater or Studio, then you would be looking at floating your walls as well as your ceiling using the RSIC-1 sound clips and furring channel system.
To properly float the walls and ceiling you will need to remove all existing drywall in the room. You need to be working from the bare studs and joists.
The first step would be to add rock wool to the joist and stud cavities. rock wool is a very effective sound batt insulation that would be placed in the cavities. In the ceiling it is best to place the rock wool up against the bottom of the sub floor above. It needs to contact the entire bottom of the sub floor. Once the rock wool is installed in the joist cavities, you would fill the rest of the cavity with regular fiberglass insulation.
Now we come to a crossroads. It would be very helpful to add a product to both the walls and the ceiling called Mass Loaded Vinyl. MLV is a high grade vinyl material that is impregnated with barium salts and silica which gives it mass. The MLV would be stapled to the ends of the joists and studs to form a soundproof membrane. You will need to caulk all of the seams of the MLV as well as around the perimeter. Note, it would be best to over lap seams wherever possible and then to caulk the perimeter of the vinyl membrane.
The next step would be to attach the sound clips to the joist assembly. The RSIC-1 clips would be installed every 4 sq ft plus there would be clips at the edges as well. Once the clips are installed as per the instructions, you would then fit them with a metal furring channel. This channel should be a 25 gauge steel 7/8" furring channel that you will get from a local drywall supply house. These channels will compress and fit tightly into the sound clip.
Now that the sound clips and channels are installed, you would then screw up a layer of 5/8" drywall. The screws must hit the center of the metal furring channels.
As you install the drywall, make sure that you leave a small gap around the perimeter of the drywall where the drywall ceiling does not contact the adjoining walls. This gap will be filled in using a foam backer rod and also acoustical caulk. Once the new ceiling is sealed around the edges, you would simply tape mud and paint ot texture the new drywall ceiling.
Now that you ceiling is complete, you would use the same procedure to float the walls.
For more information about soundproofing a home theater, studio, or any room, contact the professionals at Soundproofing America, Inc Thanks for reading. Dr. Bob