Thermal Plasterboard – Heavy Duty Soundproofing
If you are looking for some heavy duty sound deadening in your basement or home studio, thermal plasterboard may be right for you. Thermal plasterboard is great for areas that have a heat source like some basements that are near the heater, incinerator, water heater or fireplace.
Using thermal plasterboard as a soundproofing device is quite common since the thermal plasterboards seem to be quite a bit thicker somewhat like Gyproc wallboard (insulated plasterboard). These plasterboards are usually insulated and factory bonded and used in high thermal areas because of their excellent thermal capabilities. You will be pleased to know that thermal plasterboard most of the time has an extremely low toxicity and includes many vapor control layers to keep moisture out.
As noted in the website before, density is what helps keep sound in or out. Using thermal plasterboards is a great alternative to using something like the lead backed sheetrock. I have a friend who used thermal panels in his basement and actually has them on rolling wheels and moves them around when needed.
Thermal plasterboards are not only useful in the studio to stop sound waves from getting out and bouncing around! Thermal plasterboards are made to conserve energy. If you are working or playing or recording in a basement, having the warmth stay inside is a great benifit, its like killing two birds with one stone.
Due to the thickness and weight to these boards as opposed to sheetrock, you will have to anchor them to the walls with heavy duty anchors, not just some cheap nails you picked up at the local Home Depot. Make sure when working with plasterboard for soundproofing that you check with the local authorities as to the zoning laws. In some states it is not permitted to put a caulk or thermal compound between the wall studs or sub-wall and any type of plasterboard, sheetrock or paneling.
If you are zoned for installing sound proofing and thermal plasterboard, you may be required to use at least four mechanical screw fixing to attach the plasterboard. This is to prevent the plasterboard from falling down in the case of a fire in the area.
In conclusion, we’ve disgussed in the website the advantages of having extremely dense material as soundproofing. Density is number one when it comes to noise reduction. Recording engineers and hobbyists really look at thermal plasterboard as a solution because its dense, it holds heat, and can be painted to fit the existing room.