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Soundproofing Help, Tips and Case Studies
A Guide to soundproofing
‘Preventing, or constructed of material that prevents, the passage of sound’
Before undertaking any soundproofing project it is very important to understand some important fundamentals prior to deciding which system and approach is best suited to addressing the problem.
First things to check is the make up of the party wall, ceiling cavity, timber/concrete floors and look for any obvious paths that the sound can easily travel unabated due to missing bricks/insulation/untreated pipe-casings or RSJ's etc.
This may give a better idea as to how the sound is easily travelling between 2 dwellings and should be an early consideration for works.
From this early foundational stage the options available should take into consideration the available loss of space required, direct and in-direct noise paths and expected dB reduction.
This is achieved by following the principles of:
Absorption - Filling any cavities with the appropriate amount of mineral wool to trap sound which then converts to heat.
Mass - Adding density is a vital part of this process and this should be the main consideration in most soundproofing
Isolation/Separation - Separating (decoupling) between two surfaces/structures is an important part to reduce flanking and sound transmission.
There are a variety of different approach’s to address noise complaints whether the issue is to block disturbance from a noisy neighbour, attempting to contain sound inside your own property, convert a space for work or meet part E of the building regs then we have the advice and installers on hand to carry out the works from start to finish.
What type of noise issue do you have?
Airborne: Noise created by T.V., sound systems, loud conversation etc.
Impact: Created by heavy footfall, moving of furniture etc.
How loud is the noise entering your property?
Both issues present differing obstacles and require different methods to help reduce the problem.
By adding a combination of layers of specialist soundproofing materials and sticking to the principles of isolating, adding mass and absorption then great results can be achieved!
Noisy Neighbours and quiet homes.
Have you just brought your new dream home and found that the property has little to no soundproofing?
Maybe after many years of having little or no problems hearing your neighbours you now have an issue with recent renovations being completed or perhaps new neighbours have moved in?
Have you recently just completed on your beautiful brand new build property only to be completely surprised by how little soundproofing the house seems to have?
Or maybe the new sound system and TV that have been installed are keeping you awake at night and enjoying your home has become a major problem.
YOU'RE NOT ALONE.
These are just some of the every day issues and complaints we hear from customers who have either recently moved into a new property or are now experiencing soundproofing problems that they hadn't noticed before.
Poorly soundproofed homes can have a detrimental effect on a persons health and well-being and should not be ignored.
With the correct and carefully designed soundproofing systems for walls, floors and ceilings we can dramatically improve your properties acoustic insulation and give you back your peace and tranquility and help you fall back in love with your home.
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