Godear Design 86 in. W x 96 in. L

Godear Design 86 in. W x 96 in. L

How to Soundproof Walls & Ceilings

Facing sounds at all hours of the night can be dreadful. I have been there. This information has helped me and I want to share with you, helpful tips on how to soundproof your house. I will show you which surfaces reflect sound, and which surfaces are good at absorbing sound.

Surfaces that reflect sound are smooth and hard. Surfaces that absorb sound are soft and porous (such as hardwood). Other materials that help to dampen sound are cork paneling, thick carpet, and textured wall coverings.

Soundproofing a Ceiling

One of the best ways to soundproof a ceiling is with acoustical tile. When installing acoustical tiles, always place on a firm, smooth ceiling. You can either nail furring strips to the joists at right angles, and then place the tiles to the strips by stapling them, or you can install directly with an adhesive.

Soundproofing Walls

A very effective way to soundproof walls is to add what is known as a staggered-stud wall. This can be done by taking the old walls down to the studs, then add a new row of studs that are off center with the original studs. You will want to put the new studs directly in front of the old studs, and have them lined up midway between the originals. Beware not to let the top plate or bottom sole plate touch the original plates or you will get vibration. Place insulation between the two, and finish with new plasterboard or sheet rock.

You can also make your walls thicker by adding a new layer of sheet rock to the original plasterboard. You will need to remove all of the moldings and baseboards. Place adhesive following the stud lines. With each new piece of sheet rock, place a nail along the edges of the stud. If you want to soundproof even more, adding insulation into furring strips is a good idea.

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