How to Soundproof Your Ceiling – DIY Guide

by admin on June 24, 2012 · 0 comments

When it comes to soundproofing, ceilings are perhaps the most difficult problem to tackle. Why is that? Well, for three reasons: 1) yesterday's flooring of choice, carpet, is now being replaced by hard floorings like wood and tile - and those hard floorings don't help at all when it comes to dispelling sound waves, 2) footsteps naturally create an abundance of sound energy, which quickly travels through the floor and into the ceiling below, and 3) your ceiling is held up by walls, and sound that travels through your ceiling also enters your room through the walls. Fortunately, there are some great products and techniques that can drastically eliminate noise pollution. Here are some tips for how to soundproof your ceiling:

Insulation. Insulate the space between the ceiling joists with a good soundproofing insulation. Fiberglass insulation like Owens Corning QuietZone is perfect for this project. You will have to either come in from the attic space to do this, or even remove the drywall from your ceiling to install the insulation.

Mass loaded vinyl barrier. This is a product that comes as a sheet in a large roll. You simply roll the product out onto your ceiling to block unwanted sound. Installation is simple with the peel and stick backing. It is important to note that mass loaded vinyl barrier is only part of an overall soundproofing ceiling system; for aesthetic reasons, it is necessary to install a layer of drywall, paneling, or acoustic tiles on top of the barrier.

Drywall solutions. You can apply drywall directly to the outside of your ceiling as an effective soundproofing barrier. You may want to consider hanging two pieces of drywall with a layer of a damping compound like Green Glue in the middle. The latter method may require some extra work, but it is also a less expensive and more effective way to soundproof your ceiling.

Acoustic ceiling tiles. If you are unable to install soundproofing insulation into your ceiling joists (which is a likelihood if you don't have an attic or crawl space) and you have some wall height to spare, you can install an acoustic panels tile system to soundproof your ceiling. Also referred to as a suspended ceiling, acoustic tile systems are comprised of a metal grid and thick, foam-like tiles that fit into the grid.

As you can see, you have several options when it comes to soundproofing your ceiling. You must take your budget, your soundproofing needs, and installation into consideration in order to make the right choice for your particular project.

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