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December 15, 2015

How to Soundproof a Ceiling

Filed under: Soundproofing — Deborah Dera @ 12:01 pm

tmsound ceilingReducing noise in your home through soundproofing may sound difficult, but don’t be fooled — it’s actually easy enough to do. Some folks may be hesitant to do their own soundproofing job in their home, especially the ceiling, but with the proper know-how it’s not that hard.

If you include soundproofing as a room is being constructed, it is a very easy task. Here’s a few pointers and steps for getting that ceiling soundproofed:

You will need to start out by cutting your drywall. You will need strips of drywall that can fit in between the joists in the ceiling. Apply some damping compound such as Green Glue to the drywall strips before attaching them to the subfloor. You may want to install a second layer of Green Glue and drywall to make the soundproofing even better.

Next you will need to install fiberglass insulation between the joists. Be sure the fiberglass covers any recessed lighting that is in your ceiling.

Use whisper clips attached to the joists then install a hat channel through those clips.

Next you will need to install more drywall. Screw the drywall to the channels using standard drywall screws.

Apply a layer of Green Glue to more drywall sheets then install those over the sheets you just screwed to the channels. Use screws to attach all of these drywalls sheets.

Acoustical caulk should be used to seal seams that are along the edges of the room and where layers of drywall meet.

Finish out your new ceiling. Don’t forget paint as the finishing touch.

While these steps do not mean a quick process, it will get the job done fairly easily. If your budget is tight, you can cut out a few of the extra steps and layers.

For an existing room, you can apply a layer of drywall and Green Glue to the existing ceiling. Be sure to seal the seams with acoustical caulk for optimal soundproofing and finish out the ceiling as it was before and your project is finished. Now that your ceiling is soundproofed, you can enjoy some peace and quiet without listening to loud footsteps, furniture moving around, television noise, or the sound of conversation from upstairs.

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