03-01-2012 02:16 PM
My husband has recently moved the company office into our basement, and now I can't walk around in my kitchen when he's in the office because he says it's too noisy. What are the best materials and process for soundproofing his ceiling from my porcelain tile floor?
03-01-2012 03:16 PM - edited 03-01-2012 03:24 PM
Hi Cmk11309, this is Mike the Home Depot Answer Man. Welcome to the community.
One option is to use Owens Corning Quite Zone insulation. This is a special sound reducing insulation which can be applied to the ceiling in the basement.
However basements are a difficult space to sound proof with all of the plumbing, electrical runs and the heating and a/c ducts all tied to the space below the floor above.
My suggestion is to install a drop or suspended ceiling in the basement. This will allow access to the mechanical services running along the ceiling and provide a quieter and more business like space for the home office.
In addition this will allow room for insulation to quite the room as well a place to install lighting, heating and cooling outlets to make the home office a much better space to work in.
I hope these ideas are useful!
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03-01-2012 07:56 PM
You don't state whether the floor joists overhead are exposed or not. If it is still an unfinished area, the solutions in the above post would certainly help. However, should you want the more "finished" look of drywall, there is a system of vibration isolating metal rails that mount crosswise to your joists. Drywall is then fastened to it. These rails are designed to isolate vibrations from being passed through from above. I would still use the sound batt insulation too. These measures should greatly help, but I doubt that the clicking of hard soled shoes on ceramic tile will be totally eliminated. There is also a special type of sound deadening drywall on the market which also would help.
Perhaps the least expensive solution is to only wear your slippers when he is down there!
03-02-2012 12:49 PM