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Saying Goodbye to Noisy Neighbours: Soundproofing Ceilings 101

If you live in a home where someone’s floor is your ceiling, you might feel like achieving peace and quiet is an impossible feat with all the footsteps, television noise, loud conversations and more.

Noise disturbance can negatively impact workflow and productivity. If noisy neighbours are disrupting your daily routine, the solution is to soundproof your ceiling.

Here’s everything you need to know about soundproofing ceilings.

Airborne and Impact Noises

You need to soundproof your ceiling against two different types of noises: airborne and impact noise. Airborne noise is due to sound waves that travel through the air, such as music, TV, conversations, bass, a dog barking, a baby crying etc.

When traveling through the air, these sound waves collide with a solid object such as a floor or ceiling. The collision distributes sound waves through the solid material into your bedroom, your living room, your office etc.

Impact noise on the other hand is caused by sound waves that travel through structures such as your ceiling. Hence, if someone drops a plate or walks on the floor while wearing heels, you can hear those impact noises as vibrations.

Drywall Ceiling Vs Dropped or Suspended Ceiling

There are two main types of ceilings: drywall and dropped or suspended ceiling. A drywall ceiling is made of gypsum wrapped in thick paper sheets. Drywall is also sometimes called plasterboard and sheetrock. The drywall ceilings are not dense enough to absorb or dampen sounds.

Dropped ceilings are secondary ceilings that are suspended from the original ceiling above them. These ceilings provide a measure of soundproofing as they decouple or create a space between your apartment and the apartment above you.

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Soundproofing Ceilings

To soundproof a drywall ceiling, you can install an additional layer of drywall to your existing ceiling to absorb noise and minimize sound transmission. You can also use fibreglass to add an extra layer of insulation.

Another option for soundproofing ceilings is installing acoustic tiles, which are useful for both drywall and dropped suspended ceilings. They’re made of fibreglass and contain a layer of mass loaded vinyl or sound-disrupting foil.

You can also install acoustic panels to your ceilings using construction adhesive, which will secure them into place and provide effective soundproofing. Lastly, acoustic foam is also an economical solution for soundproofing ceilings and works in the same way as acoustic tiles. Installing soundproofing products on your ceiling can be a tiring and exhausting job. It’s better to call soundproofing experts who offer soundproofing installation services. At Hush City Soundproofing, we use premium quality materials to soundproof ceilings. Contact us today and say goodbye to noisy neighbours with our h