|A sheetrock or wood ceiling gives us the best chance at a remarkable outcome. The heavier the ceiling the better we are able to stop noise. To effectively create a quiet ceiling, there are some questions that need to be answered.|
Our first step is to clearly establish your goals for the ceiling soundproofing project. We need to know what the noise source is and where it is coming from; are you affected by footstep noise from above or just voices/tv/stereo? When we have the above information, we can move to the solution phase.
Many times we can leave your existing drywall ceiling in place, and use Green Glue to complete the project. Green Glue will provide measurable improvement for both footstep noise and airborne noise. Green Glue is the only product that was designed specifically for use over existing ceilings.
When you are willing to remove the old ceiling, or are starting from scratch, we have the opportunity to create a mechanical separation from up to down. Using Sound Isolation Clips, with a standard 7/8" hat channel, you will be able to attach new sheetrock to a floated metal channel rather than the bottom of the floor joist. Common sense tells us this is the best possible situation; vibration from footsteps and noise above cannot travel through the structure in either direction. One or two layers of sheetrock can be installed with our clips; you do not have to add any extra clips with 2 layers.
As a second step, we have the ability to take your performance to the Luxury Level. Using one tube of Green Glue per 32 sqft, between two layers of sheetrock will add measurable results to the clip system above; two tubes will max out the available STC and IIC ratings.