Insulation as a sound barrier

November 27th 2000

Question from: Michael
Kimberley, BC

Dear Shell,

We are renovating our basement and the TV room and a bedroom are below the two upstairs bedrooms. What R-level of insulation would work best to give us a sound barrier? R12 or R20?

Thanks, Michael

Dear Michael,

The following four steps will give you a good sound barrier system.
1. Use R-20 insulation up tight against the under side of the subfloor
2. Apply Donnacona under the joist
3. Install acoustical channel
4. Then apply your 5/8 drywall
Note: Hot air ducts into the basement should be closed off as they will transfer sound.

Its just that easy.

Shell Busey