Soundproofing a wall is one of the easiest soundproofing projects out there. If you are willing to remove the existing drywall and start from scratch, your chances of getting great soundproofing increase exponentially.
To soundproof, you would remove your existing drywall to expose the studs behind the drywall. At this point you would add batts of insulation into the stud cavities. Two of the best soundproof insulations are Rock Wool and Ultra Touch cotton insulation. These insulation batts can be purchased from a local insulation or drywall supply warehouse. We at Soundproofing America also carry these products and can have them delivered right to your door.
The next step would be to purchase rolls of Mass Loaded Vinyl Sound Barrier or (MLV for short). The MLV will be stapled or nailed directly to the wood studs using an industrial air drive stapler or nail gun. The MLV will cover the entire wall much like a soundproof membrane. It is best to overlap the seams as you cover the entire wall surface of the studs with the MLV. Once the MLV is installed, you will want to caulk and tape the overlap as well as the perimeter of the vinyl membrane. Now that the MLV is sealed it is time to install a new layer of 5/8” drywall. Get a good quality drywall like National or US Gypsum. With the drywall installed you can tape the seams and texture it to suit your taste. That’s one of the best ways to soundproof any demising wall.
There are other methods available for wall soundproofing which include using a sound damping compound such as Green Glue which is applied between layers of drywall if you don’t want to demo your exist drywall. Another method is to create a “floated” wall assembly with sound isolation clips and furring channel. A third method is to add a engineered sound drywall such as our SoundBreak XP Drywall available in ½” and 5/8” varieties.
Soundproofing floors generally requires laying down a soundproof floor underlayment directly on top of your sub floor. Any old flooring, such as carpet and pad or tile flooring etc. will need to be removed prior to laying down the soundproof floor underlayment.
Here at Soundproofing America US, Inc we carry a wide variety of soundproof floor underlays and we can find one that will meet your needs as well as your budget..
Once the subfloor is cleaned and ready to lay down the soundproofing, it is recommended that you apply a sub floor to rubber adhesive directly to the subfloor to assure good adherence of the soundproofing and to prevent it from shifting. The adhesive is not essential, but it is highly recommended.
After the adhesive has been applied, it is time to roll out the soundproof flooring. It is best to start on one side of the room and work your ways across. You want the soundproofing to cover the entire sub floor completely from wall to wall. Once the soundproof flooring material is installed onto the subfloor, it is recommended that you caulk all of the seams as well as around the perimeter of the soundproofing material using an acoustical caulk. Now that the soundproofing is completely installed and sealed, it is time to install your new floor. You have the option of installing an engineered wood floor or a laminate or even a ceramic or porcelain tile floor. As a general rule you can install just about any kind of flooring directly over top of the soundproofing material. There are a few exceptions. However. if you are going to install a nail down wood floor, you will need to install a backer board over top of the soundproof membrane. The soundproofing is a recycled rubber and will not hold the nails. Also with certain porcelain or marble tiles (smaller size), you will need to install a concrete board over top of the soundproofing to prevent the tile or marble from shifting or cracking. The professionals at Soundproofing America US can help you determine the best way to install your new flooring over top of our soundproofing products. Don’t hesitate to call them toll free at 1-(800) 823-6817.
Soundproofing your ceiling may seem like a daunting task, but in many cases it is not as complicated of a job as it appears to be. A lot depends on how in depth you want to go in order to stop the noise that is transmitted from the floor above.
There are a variety of ways to soundproof a ceiling from Impact and airborne noise from above. One of the most common and effective ways to soundproof your ceiling requires removing your existing ceiling and then actually installing a new floated ceiling using Sound Isolation Clips and furring channels. What this system entails is actually floating a completely independent and resilient ceiling assembly. The floated ceiling would be completely isolated from the adjoining walls as well as from the joist structure above. Isolating your ceiling from the structure above as well as the adjoining walls is the best way to stop the impact and airborne noise from being transferred down to the unit below.
To learn more about floating your ceiling or any of our other methods for soundproofing your ceiling, call or email one of the professionals at Soundproofing America, Inc. We live soundproofing. Call Toll Free 1-800-823-6817
Acoustical Treatments or Sound conditioning is much different than Soundproofing. Acoustical treatment products deal with the echo and reverberation in a room. These acoustical treatment materials are used extensively in Recording studios as well as Home Theater applications because they can reduce the live acoustics in the room and can actually tune the room to your individual taste. We like to refer to Acoustical treatment as “Sound Conditioning”. Sound conditioning a studio live room for example can reduce the reflective aspects of the hard wall and ceiling surfaces and can actually reduce the reverb time in the room from an eight seconds reverb time to less than one second. Reducing the reverberation in a room is essential to obtaining the optimal sound for recording or for simply listening to your home theater surround sound system at its best.
Acoustical treatment products alone will not soundproof a room, but they will make the acoustics in the room more appealing to the end user. To learn more about our vast line of Acoustical Treatment products, call one of the Pro’s at Soundproofing America US ,Inc. We’re here to help. CALL 1-800-823-6817 for our expert assistance in picking out the right acoustic treatment materials for your project or situation.