How to soundproof floors
How to soundproof floors with Noisestop Systems range of floor soundproofing products. Reduce airborne and impact noise between floors by increasing the sound insulation between floors. Find out which is the best soundproofing materials for soundproofing timber and concrete floors. This article will explain how to soundproof a floor, if you are a homeowner or an experienced developer. Solutions on how to soundproof a floor against noisy neighbours and soundproofing a floor to meet Part e Building Regulations.
What type of floor are you soundproofing?
The two main floor construction types are timber joists and floorboards, or concrete floors. Concrete floors have a high level of mass. Concrete floors will block airborne sounds (conversation, television). Impact sound (footfall, moving furniture) will still through the floor to the room below. If your floor is timber joist and floorboard both impact and airborne sounds can be a problem.
Soundproof your floors with the Noisestop F7 mats. Quickly and easily upgrade your floors with this 10mm acoustic underlay. A combination of two layers of 2.5mm mass loaded vinyl with an acoustic grade foam centre, an ideal combination for reducing airborne and impact noise.
How to soundproof wooden floors
To stop impact noise through wooden floors you will need to lay either an acoustic mat, or a floating floor. Acoustic underlay matting will absorb impact sound before it transfers into the structure of the floor.
Our range of floor soundproofing mats the Noisestop F7 and the Noisestop F7+ are laid directly over wooden floorboards. Use the Noisestop F7 predominantly underneath carpets, the Noisestop F7+ is best for use with hard floor finishes, engineered flooring, laminates etc. These products can be used to ensure floors comply with current Building Regulations for separating floors.
Install he Noisestop F7+ below hard floor finishes, engineered flooring, laminated flooring and tiles. You would expect this type of floor to generate more impact sound, the Noisestop F7+ offers a higher level of sound reduction for impact noise compared to the Noisestop F7. The Noisestop F7+ combines a 5mm mass loaded centre with a layer of 5mm acoustic foam bonded either side. The result of this combination of materials offers floors extra protection against impact noise.
Stop airborne sounds between wooden floors with acoustic floor insulation
If you are looking to stop airborne sounds through a wooden floor use acoustic floor insulation between the floor and ceiling joists. DFM acoustic insulation between floor joists is the best way of reducing airborne sound between floors. We recommend using 100mm of acoustic floor insulation and a density of between 60kg/m³-80kg/m³ to increase the soundproofing between floors.
If you don’t want to lift floorboards an alternative method would be to lay Noisestop Barrier Shield over the floor. A high density mass loaded vinyl sheet that will reduce airborne sounds. These mats are quick and easy to lay and will increase floor sound insulation.
Use a floating floor to soundproof a floor
Use a floating floor as either a direct to joist solution or on top of the existing flooring. Install floating floors in new build and conversion developments to meet Building Regulations. We provide three types of floating floor solutions in the Noisedeck range, Noisedeck 27, Noisedeck 32 and Noisedeck 36. Lay the Noisedeck 27 over existing floors. Install the Noisedeck 32 and 36 directly to the joist or over the existing floor. The Noisedeck boards will meet current Building Regulations for separating floors.
How to soundproof concrete floors
As we mentioned earlier concrete floors have a good level of mass so airborne sounds are not normally a problem. Because impact sounds will still transmit through concrete you will need to put soundproofing over the floor to absorb the impact sound at the source.
As with the wooden floors the acoustic mats Noisestop F7 and F7+ can be laid over concrete floors to reduce impact sound. The Noisedeck range of floating floors can also be laid directly on to a concrete floor.
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