Finishing your basement is a great way to add some additional square footage to your home, but depending on the space’s purpose, it could interfere with your main living space in terms of sound. Here, you can learn about some of the ways in which Guy Solomon can create a sound barrier in your basement and prevent annoyances.
Ceiling – The Main Transmitter
If you will use your basement as a “quiet space”, such as a home theater or one or more private bedrooms, you will need to consider the annoyance of hearing every footstep or conversation from overhead. Oftentimes, unfinished basements contain only bare rafters, which does very little to create a sound barrier between the levels of your home. To combat this, Guy Solomon can recommend unique types of drywall and grommet devices that can help block the path of vibrational sound from above. Combined with insulation between the rafters and the ceiling itself, this can block virtually all of the sound.
HVAC Equipment Noise
Despite all of the new technologies available in the HVAC industry these days, there is simply no denying that these systems can be quite loud, especially if your HVAC system is located in the basement. The only real way to stop the transference of noise is to isolate the equipment to its own room. Guy Solomon and his team understand HVAC codes and clearances, and they can help you muffle the sound produced by your furnace or air conditioner either by building a “closet” around their existing location or moving them to a less intrusive area of your basement.
Although you might not pay much attention to it in the upper levels of your home, plumbing can make quite a bit of noise. This noise is amplified in a basement space thanks to the openness of the area and the fact that many water lines run beneath the floors in the basement area. To combat this, some pipe insulation will certainly go a long way. Guy Solomon will cover each one of your water lines and drain lines with insulation to help muffle the sound of rushing water traveling through them. Believe it or not, this one simple trick reduces noise significantly.
If, like many Canadian families, you keep your laundry equipment in the basement, the sound of the spin cycle or the humming dryer may interfere with your basement activities. In this case, you may opt to build a large room or closet that contains not only your HVAC equipment as mentioned above, but also your washer and dryer. This way, you only need to build one room to serve two purposes, and with a bit of soundproofing drywall, you might forget that your washer and dryer even exist.
When it comes to refinishing your basement, Guy Solomon can help you pinpoint some of the sounds that may travel between your two living spaces. With these tips and tricks, it is possible to silence the outside world and truly enjoy your basement as a beautiful, soundproofed living space.