SOUNDPROOFING FLOORS

There are many ways one can soundproof floors to help combat both impact and airborne noise. When deciding a solution. One should take in account what the final floor finish will be and from this design a solution which will work best for your property. Simple solutions is a good soundproofing underlay which will help reduce impact noise. If you are considering a wooden flooring then a more extreme solution may be best, like a full floating floor as this is the most effective way to combat Impact noise. To reduce airborne noise coming up or going down, one should remember the good rule of thumb when it comes to soundproofing and that is to double the mass of the current floor structure. We would always advise to fit an acoustic Rockwool between the floor joists in conjunction with any floor soundproofing.

A) Rock Wool & Acoustic Plaster BoardsRock Wool & Acoustic Plaster Boards

 

This solution is a far better approach when looking to significantly improve on airborne noise been transmitted between two properties through the floor area whilst also providing some improvement to thermal insulation. The floor height will be raised by around 25mm with this solution as the 19mm plank and 10kg sound matting is fitted to the top of the floor. Please note all floor boards must be removed as leaving a 1% uninsulated floor will effect the improvement by up to 10%.

 

This soundproofing floor solution consists of 100mm RS60 rock wool only, 19mm sound plank, 12.5mm sound shield acoustic plasterboard and a 10kg sound barrier matting. Floor boards can also be sealed with acoustic mastic.

B) Acoustic DB Boards & RockwoolAcoustic DB Boards & Rockwool

 

This solution is one of the best solutions which can be installed to a floor when looking to significantly improve on both impact and airborne noise been transmitted between two properties through the floor area whilst also providing some improvement to thermal insulation. The floor height will be raised by around 18mm. Please note all floor boards must be removed as leaving a 1% uninsulated floor will effect the improvement by up to 10%.

 

This solution consists of 100mm RS60 rock wool ,15mm Acoustic DB boartd & 10kg sound barrier matting.

C) SRU Floor HangersSRU Floor Hangers

 

This solution is used when wanting to retain original flooring in your home. This solution improves on both impact and airborne noise been transmitted between two properties through the floor area whilst also providing some improvement to thermal insulation. The floor height will be raised by around 7mm in some area’s with this solution.

 

This solution consists of 100mm RS60 rock wool only,19mm sound plank, 12.5mm sound shield acoustic plasterboard and a 10kg sound barrier matting. Floor boards can also be sealed with acoustic mastic.

D) 15mm SRU Impact Reduction Matting15mm SRU Impact Reduction Matting

 

The 15mm impact reduction solution is a simple solution when looking to slightly improve on impact noise been transmitted between two properties through the floor area. Can be laid under carpets or fitted under new wooden flooring The floor height will be raised by 15mm with this solution. You can also add a 100mm RS60 rock wool between the floor joists to improve on the airborne noise improvement. Please note all floor boards must be removed when fitting the rock wool as leaving a 1% un insulated floor will effect the improvement by up to 10%.

 

This soundproofing solution consists of a15mm impact reduction matting made from 100% recyclable materials.

E) SRU Multi Panel FlooringSRU Multi Panel Flooring

 

This solution is one of the most effective solutions on the market today to drastically improve on both impact and airborne noise. The Multi panel consists of a cement impregnated chipboard Existing floor boards are removed and the Multi panel will be the final floor finish. The floor height will be raised by around 12mm with this solution from the current joists . This solution can also be fitted into kitchens and bathrooms as it is moisture and smoke resistant.

 

This solution consists of 5mm Joist isolation strips, flanking bands and the Multi panel.

Floor Solution Comparison

 

Solution Solution Description Floor Height Loss Material Cost Labour Intensity Airborne Noise Improvement Impact Noise Improvement
A Rockwool & Acoustic Plasterboards 19mm Medium Medium 50%* Low
B Acoustic DB Boards & Rockwool 15mm High High 60%* 60% -65%*
C SRU Floor Hangers 7mm High High 60%* 65%+*
D 15mm Impact Reduction Matting 15mm Medium Medium 35%* 40%*
E Multi Panel – Floating Floor 12mm High High 70%+* 70%+*

 

*Results may vary due to flanking noise and/or structural noise