Our renters have their bedroom in the basement, right underneath the first
floor kitchen (bungalow house). The noise from the kitchen is fairly
loud in the mornings. Just wondering what material can I use to reduce
the noise from the ceiling. I want a solution that would not be too
expensive. What about putting the pink insulation between the joist and
then a drop ceiling. Would that cut down on the noise level or would the
difference not be significant? I suspect some of the noise travels through
the heating ducts, but I imagine there is no easy solution to that.
To insulate (rather isolate) for sound in a structure, you need to seperate
the two structures. The kitchen floor from the bedroom ceiling..
I'm assuming you have a ceiling in the basement that is and that sheet rock
or ply, etc. is fastened to the bottom of the kitchen floor joists. This is
your problem and inserting insulation between the joist wouldn't help.
The correct way would be to remove the ceiling material. Install a floating
ceiling structure of that is only supported at the outer headers or basement
walls, with only minimal connections to the house joists. You would need to
find some type of suspension hangers that provide this noise isolation..
The simplest way would be to have a cushion type floor covering on your
kitchen floor. Visit a commercial floor covering store or a full service
floor covering store. Tell them what you looking for.. Perhaps just a area
pad or carpet in the main areas of traffic. Rubber gliders on the chairs,
The very, very simplest would be house slippers for everyone in the upstairs
I think Steve summed it up rather well. I will only add a couple of
Standard insulation has very little sound deadening ability. They make
special acoustical insulation that is better, but not really good.
I believe your concern about the vent ducts is sound (pun intended)
Take a look hear (pun?) for a few more ideas.
First, kitchens are "hard" places. Tiled surfaces reflect and re-reflect the
sound around and
you probably hear both. As one post mentioned, covering tiled surfaces
should definitely help.
Packing insulation - really squashing it - into the spaces between the
ceiling joists should reduce the higher frequencies. I did that once using a
4" deep frame, with gypsum board on the outside, against a brick wall
between two rooms. The insulation was fiberglass. Before the application, I
could hear a radio and voices very clearly. Afterwards, both were very
muffled and barely audible. Lower frequency sounds will probably not be much
affected by this solution. Noise can be controlled in metal heating ducts by
rubber-like sprays or sticking a thin rubber-like sheet to the surface.
However, gaining access to the ducts to do this may be next to impossible.
One very knowledgeable person in this group reported that using lead sheet
is very effective. However, even that wouldn't control the noise that passes
through the joists.
Good luck with your project and let us know how it works out for you.
The pink stuff is good heat insulation, not very good sound
insulation. What is there now? Is there a finished ceiling, or just
the bare joists downstairs?
To cut sound transmission you usually want to have mass, which is
usually applied cheapest and easiest via drywall.
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