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Basement Sound Reduction

Improve the quality of your new basement space with easy sound reduction ideas.

Basement Sound Reduction Ideas

Planning a home theatre for your basement? A game room? Man cave? You might want to consider sound absorption to soften the sound within the space and block it from escaping to the rest of the house.

Creating a sound barrier as part of a basement remodel means addressing the large surface areas – ceilings, floors, and walls – that can transmit distracting sound. Here are a few easy sound absorption ideas that can you use to control the sound level in your basement.

Basement Sound Reduction Ideas

Acoustical ceilings – Armstrong ceiling tiles and panels help with sound reduction in a basement remodeling project by absorbing sound and reducing echo. Some ceiling products can also prevent sound from traveling to nearby rooms.

Anywhere noise is a concern, Armstrong ceiling tiles and panels can make a big difference in the comfort and privacy of your basement. To find the right ceiling for your new space, look for the sound performance ratings listed for each Armstrong ceiling product.

Silence squeaky floors – During your basement remodeling, check for squeaky wood floors in the rooms above. If you find creaking boards, drive screws directly through the floorboards and lower than the walking surface, then cover the holes with wood filler. You can also use liquid adhesive to keep boards firmly in place.

For squeaky subfloors under vinyl or another type of floor, measure from the wall to find the exact location of the squeaks in your subfloor.

Then move to the basement and transfer these measurements to find the same area in your subfloor. If there is a gap between the subfloor and the joist, shims may be used. Slide the shim into the open area until you have a tight fit.

Another option is to use long screws to “pull down” the subfloor through a ceiling joist near the noisy area. You can also use liquid adhesive to glue the subfloor at a seam or to a ceiling joist.

Sound blocking windows – Install fiberglass or vinyl window frames and consider double pane windows to reduce sound coming in from the outside. Energy-efficient frames and thicker panes will not only help keep your basement quiet, they’ll also keep out cold air.

Taking steps to reduce the sound levels in your basement requires a little effort, but the results will notably add to the enjoyment of your new living space.