Insulation stops resonance in an empty cavity
Resilient channel or isolation clips decouple materials and help with vibrational noises like bass and footsteps
Regardless of material or method, follow manufacturer’s guide for installation instructions for frequency and weight capacity.
SONOpan creates a solid barrier to stop & absorb noise
Learn more about our Noise STOP Technology here
Mark out the stud locations on ceiling and walls
Remove any electrical covers to prepare wall for SONOpan Install
Install SONOpan panels over existing wall, secure with drywall screws that penetrate at least 3/4″ into studs
Seal around the perimeter of the wall with LePage acousti-seal or equivalent
Seal any gaps between panels with acousti-seal
Install new drywall on top of the SONOpan. Longer screws will be needed to penetrate at least 3/4″ into stud
Offset the joints of the drywall from the SONOpan
Mud & tape as usual
Drywall is best for soundproofing since it adds mass to the wall assembly however, you may install most finishes over SONOpan including shiplap or paneling. Note that wallpaper and paint are not advised on the soft SONOpan panels.
It is recommended to soundproof any wall or ceiling where flanking could be of concern. Flanking takes place when noise takes a travelling path around the soundproofed area. Although the majority of noise may transmit through one area sound may be travelling around that particular wall or ceiling. (e.g. through the wall, up through a stud cavity and into another room).
Retrofit installs may not be as beneficial as installations intentionally designed to reduce sound transmission from initial construction. For best results any opening in a wall should be addressed, for more information please reach out to our customer support team.
SONOpan can be installed on either side of a wall to stop airborne noise travelling both ways.