Secondary suites are a great way to get started in the real estate investment business, mainly because you don’t have to purchase a second property in order to become a landlord.
If you have a basement, you can turn it into a legal apartment (depending on the laws in your area). This lets you start making money off your existing home, and often adds value to the property!
When considering turning your basement into an income property, you’ll need to renovate it first. Installing high-quality soundproofing in your basement ceiling is a key part of making it tenant-ready, as it will preserve your family’s privacy and comfort in your home.
SONOPAN is a 4′ x 8′, 19 mm thick eco-friendly soundproofing panel designed to promote peace and harmony with your basement neighbours.
This environmentally friendly panel features cavities of varying dimensions and depths on both sides.
SONOPAN absorbs a wide range of frequencies and significantly reduces the transmission of sound and vibrations from your basement rental unit.
When soundproofing your basement rental from the rest of your home, take note that flanking noise (from along the areas floor and wall meet) need to be sealed. Sound can travel in these areas to all parts of your home.
When soundproofing your basement, remember to take into account the impact sound and vibration of foot traffic. We provide acoustic underlays that will solve this issue.
I have an unfinished basement and would like to create a basement apartment rental. Should I consider soundproofing the space or wait until noise is an issue?
It is best to incorporate soundproofing into your original design. The cost of soundproofing at the construction phase is considerably more effective and will end up costing you much less. We have solutions for both new construction and renovations.
I have a finished, but not soundproofed basement that my in-laws are moving in to. Are there options to improve the soundproofing?
Yes, SONOpan is the easiest, most effective way to increase soundproofing in your basement.
How does sound travel between rooms?
Sound transmission paths between two units include both direct transmission through the separating assembly (ex: sound leaks or direct transmission through materials) and flanking transmission through adjacent wall and floor assemblies. It’s crucial to ensure there are no openings between two rooms (seal all openings) and to use materials with different densities to achieve the best soundproofing performance possible.
Are wood furring strips equivalent to resilient channels?
No. Wood furring strips do not have sound deadening properties. Resilient channels must be used as recommended in the tested assemblies, and as per the manufacturer’s recommendation.
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