What to put in ceiling for soundproofing?

7 Ways To Soundproof a Ceiling

  1. Single layer drywall.
  2. Double layer drywall.
  3. Damping compound.
  4. Hat channels and resilient soundproof clips.
  5. Floating joists.
  6. Soundproofing the floor above.
  7. Adding Underlayment to the floor above.

How thick is ceiling soundproofing?

When installing acoustic insulation slabs into the ceiling, they must be at least 100mm thick with a minimum density of 45kg/m3, which meets the current building regulation standards.

Can you soundproof an existing ceiling?

If you have an existing ceiling, you may not want to go through the expense of tearing it out and starting over just to add soundproofing. In fact, keeping the existing ceiling and adding more soundproofing may provide even better soundproofing than ripping out the drywall and starting over.

How can I soundproof my apartment ceiling?


  1. Put acoustic foam panels.
  2. Use Spray Adhesive to Install Foam Panels.
  3. Place Some Acoustic Foam Egg Panels.
  4. Use Mass Loaded Vinyl.
  5. Check for Holes in the Ceiling.
  6. Follow the House Rules and Be the Good Neighbor.

How do you reduce noise in a high ceiling?

There are two main solutions; lower the ceiling by installing an acoustic ceiling (ceiling tiles) or add broadband absorptive material by way of ceiling clouds or baffles.

How do I reduce noise from upstairs?

Ways to Reduce Noise From Upstairs

  1. Insulate the Ceiling.
  2. Improve the Mass of the Ceiling (without demo)
  3. Replace the Ceiling.
  4. Use Soundproofing Sealant.
  5. Install Drop Ceiling.
  6. Soundproof the Floor Above You.
  7. Use Resilient Underlayment with Damping Compound.
  8. Reduce Squeaking.

Can upstairs neighbors hear me?

The short answer is yes! Lower level apartments tend to hear more noise from foot traffic, furniture moving and the like. The biggest complaint with regard to noise from lower level apartments, is the noise neighbors make above them while walking around.

How do you tell your upstairs neighbor they are loud?

Start the conversation by writing your neighbor a friendly note. Ask them if you have ever disturbed them with noise, and then gently mention that you’ve been bothered on a couple of occasions. Going into the situation with a bad attitude will only makes matters worse and push a resolution further out of reach.

Can a ceiling be soundproofed with exposed joists?

Sound can be airborne or impact noise. An unfinished ceiling with exposed joists does little to reduce sound transfer. However, it does make it much easier to do a proper soundproofing job than a prefinished ceiling.

What kind of material should I use to soundproof my Ceiling?

Dense, rigid fiberglass or stone wool, heavy mass loaded vinyl (MLV), MDF (medium-density fiberboard), and even a layer of drywall or two can reduce the sound transfer of airborne or impact soundwaves. Noise waves are vibrations that can travel along or through building members such as joists and studs.

How much does it cost to soundproof a basement ceiling?

If you’re doing the job yourself, the drywall, noiseproofing compound, and R19 fiberglass work out to approximately $3.27/sqft. The number of resilient clips and channels also depends on the ceiling square footage, and also the number of partition walls. It will cost about $500 for every 400 square feet.

Which is better a soundproof wall or drywall?

The option of soundproof drywall is feasible and useful. Soundproof drywalls are thick and have better soundproof quality than ordinary drywall. The downside is the cost of these walls is fairly expensive. A sheet of drywall costs around $10 while that of a soundproof drywall cost as much as $40.