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How to Soundproof a Drywall Ceiling

March 15, 2019

A drywall ceiling can be extremely useful, but it can also create some real problems. Specifically, a drywall ceiling that is not soundproofed is likely to transmit a lot of sound from above. This can be frustrating if you’re in a room where noise control is important. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to effectively soundproof a drywall ceiling to prevent most unwanted sounds from escaping or penetrating.

Ways to Soundproof Drywall Ceilings

If you own the floor above, a simple way to soundproof a drywall ceiling is by soundproofing the floor above it, either with carpeting, some form of underlayment, or both. If that is not an option, or you want a more soundproof ceiling, you can add a soundproofing barrier in between the levels of drywall to block sound.

Tips for Soundproofing Drywall Ceilings

The trick to soundproofing a drywall ceiling is controlling both airborne noise that may get through and impact noise from collisions to the floor above. The way to do this is to create a “floating ceiling” by placing a barrier in between the ceiling and the drywall that not only is sound absorbent, but that has minimal contact with the other two levels. This way, impact noise has few ways to transmit all the way through to the drywall ceiling.

You can also attach joists to the ceiling that will allow you to affix additional soundproofing insulation, just as you would soundproof a wall, for even greater soundproofing power. Adding soundproofing insulation can also save you on energy costs by preventing heat from escaping in the winter or penetrating into the room in the summer.

Contact Soundproof Cow for More on Creating a Soundproof Ceiling

If you’re not sure how to get started with soundproofing a drywall ceiling, don’t worry. The Cow has you covered. Our IsoTRAX™ Soundproofing System is perfect for soundproofing a drywall ceiling, since it truly floats — suspended over vibration isolators without any hardware making actual contact with the ceiling, and the drywall only touches an isolated foam cushion. This combination stops impact noise in its tracks. IsoTRAX™ can be used to fully and efficiently soundproof an entire room or your entire home or studio.

Soundproof Cow has many other options to enhance your ceiling’s soundproofing, such as our popular Quiet Batt® Soundproofing Insulation which blocks heat transfer and is also great at blocking and dampening both airborne and impact noise. You can easily install this environmentally-friendly insulation by nailing it to joists and caulking to seal.

For more tips on soundproofing your drywall ceiling, other types of ceilings, walls or floors, or to learn more about any of our terrific soundproofing products, get in touch with us at Soundproof Cow today.