Basement Soundproofing – The Walls And Ceiling
Basement soundproofing has become very popular in recent years thanks to the advent of home theater systems and the advance in the quality of consumer electronics. There are several methods you can employ to soundproof your basement either for entertainment purposes or professional recording.
The professional solution for soundproofing your basement is creating a sub wall, if you have just exposed concrete or stone. Using batts and green glue along with a lot of insulation, you can really achieve a soundproof basement. If you really have the money, you can even invest in lead lined sheetrock.
You should start off by wrapping all the outlets and recepticals with a foam or an adhesive type insulation, I always say the first step in soundproofing is air proofing.
One major area of concern in the cellar is the basement’s ceiling. Most often the ceilings in a basement are not finished, not to mention sound proofed. This is a slight advantage to you, because you do not have to tear down any sheet-rock from the ceiling to install the proper amount and type of noise reducing insulation.
Another method you can employ is using MLV(mass loaded vinyl). This vinyl soundproofing material is basically a heavy sheet of vinyl that can massively reduce the amount of sound being transferred through it. MLV can be placed on the floor, ceiling, walls and doors which makes it a real versatile sound dampener.
If you hear squeaking on the floorboards, this is a good opportunity to take care of that for the best basement soundproofing. Have someone step on the floor and when you hear a spot that squeeks. Stop, drill a hole and inject into the floorboard some glue or putty(caulk). This will fill the contact point between the floor joyce and the sub-flooring.
There are many methods that are used when it comes to basement soundproofing, although I cannot discuss all of them here, this site does contain a lot of soundproofing ideas that can be transfered into your basement. One concern you must be aware of when creating a soundproof basement is moisture, mostly all basements have moisture.
Make sure your materials are rated for moisture, and you will have no problem when it comes to basement soundproofing.