Case Study: Mike's Drum Room

When Mike contacted us, he was planning to construct a drum room in his new residence. After speaking with several local contractors, and several of our competitors online, he was convinced that he couldn't do what he wanted — put his drum practice room in his finished attic.


 

drum-roomWhen Mike contacted us, he was planning to construct a drum room in his new residence. After speaking with several local contractors, and several of our competitors online, he was convinced that he couldn't do what he wanted — put his drum practice room in his finished attic.

Mike had two primary goals; prevent any neighbor noise issues, and substantially reduce the amount of noise passing through the floor.

Without a true understanding of the best available soundproofing products, and access to the premium performance products offered by Sound Isolation Company, Mike had no workable solution. However, after meeting with Jody Cook, at Sound Isolation Company's offices, he was again enthusiastic about the possibilities. The combination of Sound Isolation Company's proven, effective soundproofing products, and simple to find standard building materials made the project very doable for Mike as a homeowner, no contractor was required at all.

To address the neighbor noise issue Mike started by using standard R-19 insulation, and 2lb/sqft Soundproof Barrier, with an STC of 33, on all exterior surfaces, and finally 5/8" Type X drywall. Mike was able to construct the drum room of his dreams. With the help of one other person, the entire installation took less than 3 hours; even the ceiling installation was simple with our suggested Hitachi Cap Nailer.

As you can see from the pictures, care was taken to completely cover the entire exterior of the room, barrier seams are butted closely and taped, fasteners are 12" on center maximum to prevent any sagging or wrinkling because drywall is direct attached over the barrier. Nothing complicated required, just good materials and common sense.

After the room was taped and mudded, then painted, Mike returned to Sound Isolation Company to complete the floor solution. After careful planning with Jody, Mike selected the best possible product for his carpeted floor. Sound Isolation Company's Premium Carpet Underlay combines a 2 lb/sqft soundproof barrier and 1/2" thick water resistant, durable foam layer to decouple the barrier from the floor. This composite product is easy to install; simply cut to size, roll out, caulk and tape all seams, then install carpet directly over the underlay. There is no better product on the market to soundproof your floor, no construction is required, no special installation, and no carpet pad either!

The results have been fantastic; Mike can play without holding back, and the neighbors have not said a word. An added benefit is that nothing can be heard on the ground floor of the house either!