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How to Soundproof a Room

How to Soundproof a Room

There may be a number of reasons you want to soundproof a room. If you are building a home cinema, recording studio or you just want to soundproof a room to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Whatever the reason we will outline the best way to soundproof a room.

The two types of sound we experience are airborne and impact sound. Airborne sounds would be conversation, TV noise and music. impact sound is walking or dropping something on the floor.

You should also identify were the noise is coming from. Is the noise through a party wall from a noisy neighbour, or can you hear the person in the flat above you moving around. It could be you that is making the noise, if you are planning a home cinema or music studio you might want to not disturb the neighbours or your own family.

This post will explain the best way to get the most out of your room soundproofing to ensure you stop the maximum amount of noise possible.

Soundproof solutions for your walls

The first thing you will need to check is what is the existing wall made off? Is it a brick wall or stud wall? Once you’ve determined the wall type you can then decide the best way to proceed.

When it comes to soundproofing walls there are two different approaches. You can use direct to wall soundproofing panels which are suitable for reducing airborne sound. If you want to stop the sound of conversation then you could consider applying these soundproof panels to your wall. If you require a higher level of noise control, for instance if your soundproof room is for a home cinema you will need a higher level of sound insulation. Soundproofing a room with a combination of materials will result in higher levels of noise reduction.

If you are soundproofing a room that has stud walls you will have to consider increasing the mass and density of the wall. Applying the wall panels could be an option for lower level sound. If you require higher levels of soundproofing you should consider removing one side of the wall and installing acoustic insulation, soundbreaker bars and soundproof panels.

Below are some of our best wall soundproofing solutions

  • Slim sound proof Noisestop Acoustic Panel

    Noisestop Acoustic Panel 1200mm x 1200mm x 22.5mm Soundproof Panel 1.44 sqm

    £39.93 ex. VAT

    Premium wall soundproofing panel against noisy neighbours, soundproof walls to stop high levels of airborne sound through party walls and stud walls

    Noisestop Acoustic Panel reduces unwanted sound transfer through walls. A high performing stand alone soundproofing board Noisestop Acoustic Panel can be applied directly to party walls to stop unwanted neighbour noise. Alternatively combine this soundproof panel as part of a full soundproof system for the highest level soundproofing for domestic and commercial applications. Stick the panel to walls to ensure space loss is kept to a minimum; alternatively use to upgrade soundproof wall and ceiling solutions using acoustic insulation and soundbreaker bars. Effectively block up to 50dB on party walls, Part E compliant for separating walls. This panel is fire rated up to 30 minutes.

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    Size 1200mm x 1200mm x 22.5mm (1.44 sqm) £27.72 per sqm

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  • Stud Wall Kit

    Stud Wall Kit 75mm DFM

    £172.14£688.59 ex. VAT

    Stud wall soundproofing solution to increase sound insulation of internal walls, soundproof your walls to stop sound passing between rooms

    Increase stud wall sound insulation using 75mm stud wall soundproofing system. Restore peace in quiet in you home. Reduce sound transfer between existing or new stud walls. This stud wall solution ensures the best sound insulation for stud walls. Combining acoustic insulation slabs, soundbreaker bars, soundproof panels, acoustic plasterboard and acoustic sealants. Effectively soundproof stud walls with this combination of materials.

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You will nearly always get the best soundproofing results using a wall soundproofing systems to soundproof the walls in your room. Assuming you can afford to lose the space that is required that would be our recommended method of soundproofing your walls. It may not always be possible to lose the space that’s required for the systems. If you are soundproofing a room and only have limited scope for space loss then use the Noisestop Acoustic Panel. As a stand alone soundproofing board it is our highest performing panel. Noisestop Acoustic Panel can be bonded to most wall surfaces, at only 22.5mm thick it will ensure space loss is kept to a minimum.

Ceiling soundproofing in a room

Soundproofing the ceilings in your room is all about adding mass and density and creating separation. As with soundproofing walls you need to combine different acoustic materials to ensure the best level of noise control. Timber ceilings should be insulated with a minimum of 100mm acoustic insulation slabs between the joists, this will reduce airborne sound. To create separation without having to install a completely independent ceiling fasten soundbreaker bars to the joists. these acoustic hangers reduce sound as it vibrates through the structure of the ceiling. Install soundproof panels to the bars to complete your ceiling soundproofing.

A range of products and systems are available to soundproof the ceilings in your rooms, below are some of the systems we recommend to soundproof timber ceilings.

Below are some of our best ceiling soundproofing solutions

If you require soundproofing for concrete ceilings these systems can also be installed as a new ceiling.

Soundproofing the floors in a room

Soundproofing a floor in a room can help stop impact as well as airborne sound transfer between floors. Using a soundproof underlay or a floating floor will block airborne sound both ways through the floor as well as reduce the sound of footfall going to a room below.

As with walls you need to check whether the floor is timber or concrete. The type of floor you have will determine the type of solution. Secondly you need to determine if the noise you are trying to stop is airborne or impact or both. Concrete flooring is very high mass so it will normally block airborne sound on its own. Impact sound tends to be the main sound issue with this type of floor. Floors constructed of timber often suffer with both types of noise, impact and airborne.

Reducing impact sound through your floors is achieved by reducing the impact at the source i.e. Lay acoustic underlay mats across the floor below the floor finish to absorb the footfall before it gets into the structure of the building. This type of solution is good for concrete flooring and timber floors.

When you are soundproofing a timber floor you may need additional protection. Acoustic insulation should be used between floor joists to reduce airborne sound transfer between the cavity of the floor. Combining acoustic insulation and acoustic underlays gives a good over all level of noise reduction to stop impact and airborne sound.

An alternative solution would be to use a floating floor on either concrete or timber floors. This type of flooring is often used for more robust levels of soundproofing for Part E requirements or in rooms that might have a high volume of footfall. floating floors can be laid over the top of the sub-floor or in some cases directly on to floor joists.

Below are some of our best floor soundproofing solutions

  • Noisestop Acoustic Underlay floor soundproofing

    Noisestop Acoustic Underlay 12mm x 1200mm x 1200mm 1.44 sqm

    £36.76 ex. VAT

    Premium soundproofing underlay, use over any floor type below most floor finishes

    Noisestop Acoustic Underlay premium soundproofing for floors in domestic and commercial applications. Suitable for use on concrete and timber floors and can be laid below most floor finishes. Comprises of two layers of 7kg/m² mass loaded vinyl sheets laminated around a 6mm acoustic foam core. The result of this combination ensures high levels of impact and airborne noise reduction through your floors.

    • Dimensions 1200mm x 1200mm x 12mm
    • Weight 15kg/m²
    • Airborne sound reduction 49dB
    • Impact sound reduction 51dB
    • Part E Building Regulation compliant

    Size 1200mm x 1200mm x 12mm (1.44sqm) £25.52 per sqm

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  • Noisedeck floating floor soundproofing

    Noisedeck 36 2400mm x 600mm x 36mm Floating Floor 1.44 sqm

    £54.61 ex. VAT

    Noisedeck 36 is an interlocking floating floor product designed to reduce sound transmission through existing applications. Use the Noisedeck 36 direct to joists as part of your separating floor for Building regulations. It consists of 22mm moisture resistant chipboard bonded to a triple layer acoustic composite. Floating floors are widely used to soundproof new build and conversion projects as well as increasing the sound insulation of floors in music rooms and home cinemas.

    Size 2400mm x 600mm x 36mm (1.44m²) £37.92 per m²

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  • Noisestop F7 soundproof underlay floor soundproofing
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    Noisestop F7 Mats 1200mm x 1000mm x 9mm Acoustic Underlay 1.2 sqm

    £20.92 ex. VAT

    Noisestop F7 acoustic underlay, soundproofing for floors in domestic and commercial applications. Acoustic floor mat for use on concrete and timber floors can be laid below most floor finishes. Comprises of 6mm acoustic foam laminated to a 7kg/m² mass loaded vinyl sheet.

    • Dimensions 1200mm x 1000mm x 9mm
    • Weight 10kg
    • Airborne sound reduction 45dB
    • Impact sound reduction 51dB
    • Part E Building Regulation compliant

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    Size 1200mm x 1000mm x 9mm (1.2sqm) £17.44 per sqm

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This post has covered three of the main areas of room soundproofing the walls, floors and ceilings. Other areas to consider when you are looking to soundproof a room are the doors, windows vents and electrical outlets.To truly soundproof a room you will have to consider all of these areas. In our next room soundproofing post we will discuss how to soundproof other areas of a room. If you require more information on soundproofing a room we have individual how to guides on soundproofing walls, soundproofing ceilings and soundproofing floors.

For more help or advice on soundproofing a room give us a call 01423 339163, alternatively use our contacts page to send us an enquiry.

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