The joys of soundproofing your Saskatoon basement

It’s way too loud in here !

All families are in need of some quiet time; kids are too loud keeping mom and dad awake, or maybe you are at that stage in your life where the last thing you want is to wake up your one-year old that just fell asleep. “Not a good situation.” How can we help prevent the sound from vibrating throughout homes? Well, interior soundproofing is the answer. What is it? To answer that simple question: it’s an interior insulation that holds little to no R-value (level of protection from outdoor temperatures). It gets installed just like regular exterior batt insulation, except it is installed on your interior walls and floor areas, also creating a fire barrier – which in my mind is an awesome idea. Anything that slows down my house from burring to the ground giving me more time to get out, gets a thumbs up on my end. The long and short of it is that it works, however you need to keep a few things in mind when planning to soundproof your home. 

When it comes to soundproofing there are a few things that can alter the results:

· Joist/stud spacing – fitting the soundproofing as tight as possible to all areas is very important.
· Pipes and vents in your way – anything that is in your way will alter the ability to fit soundproofing in, therefore altering the ability to soundproof properly.
· Heat ducts and fresh air holes allow sound to travel directly from room to room. This cannot be avoided.

On a downside beware of future water leaks because if soundproofing gets wet it soaks up water like a sponge (unless you use water resistant materials). Having a wet sponge inside my wall cavity is not what I want as water plus no air circulation equals mould. Be sure you are aware of what you are doing and trying to achieve in the soundproofing world if you are thinking about adding it to your house.

Its best if you have any questions to contact your local building supplier or contractor.

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