Do we need to soundproof the chimney breast and the alcoves?
The simple answer usually is no. You don’t have to soundproof the chimney breast and the alcoves. In most cases, you will only need to soundproof the alcoves on either side of the chimney breast.
You don’t usually have to soundproof the chimney breast because they have more bricks and a greater mass that forms the chimney breast. The alcoves at the side of the chimney are usually the weak spot for transferring sound between properties.
Another reason for sound passing through the alcove areas is the position of TVs, radios and any other devices that are usually amplified. The alcove is a convenient place to have this type of equipment. The problem is that the sound source is very near the party wall and placed near the weakest point of the wall, the alcove.
Solutions for soundproofing alcoves on a party wall
what are the best solutions for soundproofing the alcoves on your party wall? There are a variety of wall soundproofing solutions that you can install into an alcove. Which one you choose should be determined by the following factors.
- How much sound are you trying to stop?
- How much space can you lose inside the alcove?
The more noise you are trying to stop means the more soundproofing you require. For the best levels of soundproofing, you should use a combination of products. This will ensure you will block higher levels of sound through the alcove. Below are some of our recommended party wall soundproofing kits that you can install inside your alcoves.
Wall Soundproofing Systems for Alcoves
Slim Direct to Wall Panel Solutions
If you are tight on space and can not afford to lose much room inside the alcove, we have a range of thin soundproof panels. You might want to use the alcove as a bookcase or as storage; you will want to retain as much room as possible. By applying the direct to wall soundproofing solutions inside the alcoves, you will reduce mid-level domestic noises through the wall, such as TV noise, but still use the alcove area.