Soundproofing for noisy neighbours reduce unwanted noise in your home
The need for domestic soundproofing in the UK has risen dramatically due to a number of factors, overcrowded cities, property conversions, wall mounted TVs and home cinema systems are just some of the reasons why noisy neighbour complaints have risen over the years.
A report published by York Council stated that 74% of complaints about noise related to noise from next door neighbours. A national survey found that 1 in 6 people are bothered by noise from their neighbours.
What can I do to reduce unwanted noise from a neighbouring property?
If you live next door to someone the likelihood is at some point you will hear noise. When that level of noise becomes excessive and you can no longer live with it soundproofing can be the answer. Walls, floors and ceilings can all be soundproofed to stop noise coming into your home; solutions will vary depending on the type of sound you are trying to stop, the construction of the property and how much space can be lost in the room.
Soundproof your walls
In a domestic situation there are two options for soundproofing a wall, direct to wall soundproofing panels and acoustic false walls.
Direct to wall panels are thin soundproof solutions that will stop lower levels of sound transmitting through your walls. If space loss needs to be kept to a minimum direct to wall panels are a very good solution.
Acoustic false walls offer better levels of soundproofing but will take up more space, space loss can vary between 50mm and 100mm. False wall systems combine a variety of products that give overall higher levels of soundproofing
Find out more about our wall soundproofing solutions.
Soundproof your floors and ceilings
Soundproofing between floors will depend on whether or not you have access to both sides and what type of sound you are trying to stop, is it impact noise or airborne noise?
Impact noise – The sound generated by walking on the floor, sound is transmitted through the buildings structure and through the ceiling to the room below.
Airborne noise – The sound of talking or TVs transmitting through the floor and into the room below or above, usually caused by a lack of mass in the structure.
If you are trying to stop impact noise this is best done by treating the floor, acoustic underlays or floating floors are good for this. If you are trying to stop airborne sound you can use DFM acoustic insulation between the joists or high density barrier shield mats over the floor. Alternative solutions include independent ceilings or soundproof panels hung on Soundbreaker bars.