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joehann
Soundproofing ceiling
joehann

I was wondering if anyone could help me find the best way to soundproof the ceiling on the main floor? I have pine wood floors throughout the second floor with exposed 4x8 beams. There is nothing in-between the beams or a subfloor beneath the pine floors. I do not necessarily want to insulate, I want to reduce as much sound as possible and try to keep the exposed beams still somewhat exposed. Any ideas or help would be greatly appreciated!

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Soundproofing ceiling
HoustonRemodeler

The only solution I can think of that meets your requirements is fuzzy slippers for the second floor.

If you can find the ones with the microfiber soles they will clean as they walk.

joehann
Re: Soundproofing ceiling
joehann
HoustonRemodeler wrote:

The only solution I can think of that meets your requirements is fuzzy slippers for the second floor.

If you can find the ones with the microfiber soles they will clean as they walk.

Thanks! Perfect solution! I cannot believe I didn't think of that?!

dj1
Re: Soundproofing ceiling
dj1

Actually there is something you can do, and it will cost more than a pair of home shoes.

1. QuietRock is a sound proof drywall.
2. Doubling drywall with a sound divider wafered in between is another, something I had to install in a home overlooking a freeway.

Google it and read about new techniques to muffle sound in homes, then post about what you have decided to do.

MichaelInOr
Re: Soundproofing ceiling
MichaelInOr

You need to talk to the car audio guys. There are all sorts of composite pads and rubber mats that they use to dampen vibrations in cars. Some outrageously expensive and some economical. I would guess your problem has more to do with the foot steps above resonating increasing the transmitted volume (echoing) than the actual sound transmitted through the floor. A peel and stick dampening material will probably be much more effective than a sound insulating material.

Wood does a great job of transmitting and amplifying sound... that is why it works so well for musical instruments! Dampening the wood will go a long way in quieting your down stairs.

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