Deciding What Kind of Insulation to Use for Basement Soundproofing Deciding What Kind of Insulation to Use for Basement Soundproofing
You’re watching the game in the basement and your wife isn’t happy about the noise so you should probably look into basement soundproofing. One way to lower the noise transfer is to insulate the basement.
If you have an existing drywall ceiling you can add spray foam insulation by making a small hole in the drywall between the studs and spraying in the foam. You will have to patch those holes and do some touch up painting.
If you don’t have a drywall ceiling you can add insulation directly to the ceiling. You can get sheets of foam insulation and cut it to fit between the joists. Simply staple it on.
This kind of insulation come in different thicknesses and can be installed in frames, with clips or with a special adhesive.
Mass Loaded Vinyl (MLV)
These heavy vinyl sheets reduce sound transmission and can be used on walls and ceilings. They come in rolls and are thick but can be cut with a utility knife. If used on the it should be nailed to the beams. Then the joints should be taped and edges caulked to provide the best result.
Now you can cheer your team on and still have marital harmony.