How To Soundproof Your Basement

Soundproof Basement Remodeling Tips


If you have a plan of renovating your basement, make sure you take effective measures to soundproof your space. Not doing so, can bring the house down, but only in terms of noise. The sound of appliances, footsteps, loud conversations or even music can become an irritable experience for the basement dwellers. 

The source of noises can be several like ceilings, windows, and walls. Hence, all these areas must be sound-proofed to prevent any entry of noise.
 
Below are discussed some essentials tips of sound-proofing your basement effectively.

For ceilings - Hard surfaces reflect sound waves while soft ones absorb them. Hence, the trick is to cover the hard surfaces with some soft material to prevent the sound waves from bouncing off. The material used to cut down the sounds moving to and fro the basement is called acoustic ceiling material. You can either go for acoustic tiles, drop ceiling styles or the more contemporary soundproof foam panels. These are cheap, lightweight, effective and easy to install.

However, there are other options too, like soundproof drywall, soundproofing mats, acoustic insulation, green glue applied alongside or between two dry-walls, and mutex applied beneath the drywall for better effect. Sealing the drywall cracks with spackle and primer also contributes to the same function.
  
For walls - The best remedy for killing the sound from going out of the basement area is the installation of acoustic tiles or foam panels. They are available in different styles and colors, and prevent sound from entering into your basement from external sources.
 
For the floors - The best way to make your basement floors sound absorbent is by the use of soft and fluffy carpets and rugs. If you want to conceal the sound further, use more effective techniques like sound-absorbing plywood which contains a layer of elastic on top for dampening the sound waves, laying of acoustic carpet, rubber sheeting below your floor of ceramic tiles, hardwood or laminate.
 
Other tricks to minimize sound:

  • Lay dense carpets, rugs or floor mats on the above floor 
  • Place heavy furniture above that area of the basement where it’s more vulnerable to sound
  • Use premium quality appliances that make less sound
  • Repair floors if they squeak 
  • Weatherstrip the doors to seal sound leaks
  • Use solid wood doors to block sound from entering your home
  • Use sound-blocking drapes or curtains to prevent outdoor noise

After you reach home shutting behind the outside world, you expect to relax and spend time in peace. Any noise that arises within or outdoors can take away the tranquil ambience of your basement. If you are deciding on a basement finishing in Suwanee or other areas of Atlanta, ensure that you get expert basement finishing contractors to soundproof it using the above techniques. An optimally insulated basement can help you enjoy your personal time sans the intrusion of noise.    

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