1. Install Acoustilay on floors
By far the easiest way of improving the sound insulation performance of a timber floor is to install SRS Acoustilay to the floor as an underlay for the floor finish. Acoustilay is the original proprietary acoustic underlay system - Beware of the clones. In its current form, genuine Acoustilay has a green PVC free barrier mat with the product logo and installation guidance printed to the top surface. Don’t accept imitations! Three versions are available to suit the particular acoustic requirements of the customer.
SRS Acoustilay Information
Should additional airborne sound insulation performance be required SRS recommend Maxideck
SRS Maxideck Information
2. Maxiboard for Walls and Ceilings
SRS produce Maxiboard, a 17mm thick, high performance composite building board that can be used as soundproofing for walls and ceilings. For walls, perhaps to reduce transmission from noisy neighbours, SRS recommend installing Maxiboard off Maxi Resilient bars. This offers maximum acoustic performance for the minimum loss of room space. Noise from neighbours above can be reduced by the installation of the Maxi Dropped Ceiling or the Maxi 60 Ceiling System.
3. Replacing carpets with laminate or timber floor finishes - consider the implications!
Replacing a soft, acoustically absorbent carpet with a hard reflective laminate floor will generate an increase in noise transference and it is highly likely the neighbours downstairs will notice. There will always be an increase in noise but SRS produce Acoustilay and SubPrimo, both of which have a history of use beneath a variety of laminate and timber floor finishes.
SRS SubPrimo Information
SRS Acoustilay Information
4. Squeaky Floorboards - Stop the movement!
Squeaking and creaking floorboards can cause a big nuisance. There are no proprietary solutions to this problem, it is a case of ensuring that timber joists are stiffened using plates and noggins, and ensuring that timber floorboards are firmly screwed (not nailed) to the joists. Once this has been carried out Acoustilay can be installed to reduce noise transmission through the floor.
5. Beware of dot and dab plasterboard!
This is a quick and efficient method of installing plasterboard to the external walls of the home but acoustically it can cause problems if installed before the separating ceiling - a common cavity all the way up the building!
6. Mineral fibre: A sound insulation material?
Check out our YouTube demonstration video: Maxiboard YouTube Demonstration. Mineral fibre is an excellent sound absorber, an excellent thermal insulation material, but it lacks the mass to provide very much sound insulation performance. SRS recommend that some absorption is always included where access to the void is possible but this should be used in conjunction with acoustic isolation, such as resilient bars, heavy board materials, such as Maxiboard and Maxideck, and resilient flooring materials such as Acoustilay.
7. Noisy Washing Machine?
Acoustilay Isolation boards can be used beneath washing machines and other noisy household appliances to reduce the transmission of vibration. Acoustilay Isolation boards are 18mm thick so can be accommodated under most appliances.
8. Noisy traffic: Secondary Glazing.
Sound is a lot like water: it will always exploit the path of least resistance. Windows within the external walls often present an easy transmission path for sound and can let in a great deal of environmental noise such as road traffic and aeroplane noise. How can this be reduced? The most effective systems on the market in our experience are Secondary Glazing Systems: Sliding and well sealed panels behind the existing windows.
9. Reduce Echo and Reverb with SRS Sonata Acoustic Absorption.
Rooms with laminate floors and tiled hard surfaces may be visually stunning and give the aesthetic appearance that the homeowner is looking for but a lack of soft furnishings can lead to the space being unpleasant to be in. SRS Sonata is a range of decorative absorbers that can eliminate this problem. Further information available soon.
10. Ask the experts!
When it comes to achieving the best overall performance it is highly recommended that you seek the advice of an acoustics expert at the earliest possible opportunity.
Here at SRS we have an industry leading technical team on hand to offer free and accurate advice on any noise problem. Both members of the SRS technical team can boast years of experience in the field and full Institute of Acoustics membership. Contacts: Richard Sherwood MIOA firstname.lastname@example.org; Toby Makin MIOA email@example.com
Sound Reduction Systems Ltd, Adam Street, Off Lever Street, Bolton. BL3 2AP. Tel: 01204 380074 Fax: 01204 380957 Web: www.soundreduction.co.uk
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