Fitting Noisestop 1+ panels
Guide to fitting Noisestop 1+ panels to walls and ceilings, how to correctly install soundproofing panels.
- Tools required: Tape measure, straight edge, Stanley knife, hand saw
- Fixings: If you fix stud or ceiling joists, you will need drywall or universal screws. Fit on to party walls with screws and plugs or bond directly to walls with Smart Tack adhesive
- AC50 acoustic sealant for the edges of the boards.
Before you begin fitting the panels
Always check the surface you will apply the boards to and ensure there are no holes, cracks or blown plaster. The surface you are applying to the boards should be in good condition. Fill and repair any obvious areas before you start.
Before the installation, all decorative features and electrical points should be removed. Once the work is completed, these should be reinstated.
Ready to start fitting the panels
Before you begin fitting Noisestop 1+ Panels, work out where you are going to start. Measure the area being soundproofed to avoid being left with small cuts of less than 30cm. Once you have worked out where to begin, you can start fitting the panels.
Installing the panels with adhesive
If you fit Noisestop 1+ panels with an adhesive, we recommend using Smart Tack adhesive, a spray adhesive applied to the back of the panel and the wall. Instructions on how to use the adhesive area on the tin. Each tin covers approximately 8 sqm of the wall.
You should only use this method on surfaces that are flat and in good condition. You can not apply these panels to ceilings using adhesives.
Installing the panels with screws
Fitting panels onto brick walls can be fitted directly onto brick walls using screws and plugs. You will need 9 fixing in total; holes will have to be drilled for the plugs and screws. You can use hammer fixing for this type of installation method or brown wall plugs and universal screws.
Fitting panels onto a stud frame, ceiling joist or soundbreaker bars – If you fix the panels onto this type of construction, you can use drywall screws or universal screws.
There is no need to pre-drill the panels with this type of fitting method. You should screw straight through the board into the framework behind the board. Fix into soundbreaker bars through the wide corrugated section of the bar with screws.
When you screw the panels into the stud frame or bar, try not to over tighten them. The head of the screw should be flush with the surface of the plasterboard face. This will reduce the chance of the fixings ‘popping’; the screw goes too deep and does not hold the panel properly, causing movement along the edge of the panels.
Cutting soundproof panels
You will need to cut the boards to fit the shape of your room. When you cut the boards, you can use a Stanley knife, hand saw, jigsaw or circular saw.
Measure the size of the cut and then mark the board; you should only have to cut the panels that adjoin a return wall or the ceiling. If you leave a small gap, approximately 3-5mm, around the perimeter, you should use acoustic sealant to fill around the perimeter.
Use acoustic sealant along the edges of the boards
As you fit the panels, you should butt them together as close as you can. Leave s small 3-5mm gap around the perimeter of the wall or ceiling to be filled with acoustic sealant.
As you fit the panels, you should run a bead of sealant along the edge of the first panel. Push the next panel up to the first and then repeat the process, applying a small bead of sealant between each panel as you install them.
Check the edge of each board to ensure they are acoustically sealed. Apply extra sealant to any areas that have not been filled with the acoustic sealant. Wipe away excess sealant from the panels once it’s been applied.
Reinstating electrical points
During and after the installation of the panels, you will have to consider reinstating electrical points. Sockets and lighting points can be fitted after the panels have been installed. Extend the electrical cabling through the soundproofing.
Cut or drill a small hole through the board to pass the cable through. If you fit plug outlets, you should consider surface mounting the back boxes. This will mean reducing the panel that has to be cut away when fitting recessed back boxes.
Ensure any holes that have been made are sealed at the end of the installation with acoustic sealant.
Once you have installed all the panels, you can now finish the installation. All soundproof boards in the Noisestop range have an acoustic plasterboard face with a tapered edge. This allows you to finish the installation in several different ways. The two main finishing methods are to either plaster the panels or tape and fill the tapered edge. From an acoustic point of view, you can use either method; it will not make a difference to the level of soundproofing. Replace skirting and coving if required and decorate.
Need any help regarding products or how they are fitted, call 01423 339163.