How To Soundproof From Noisy Neighbours
Living in and around London we’re surrounded by sound. Whether it’s the neighbour’s music or TV through the wall, barking dogs or noise from the street, a nuisance can quickly become a problem, disturbing your night’s sleep, and distracted during the day.
If you’ve come here wondering what you can do about noisy neighbours, we’ve got a whole host of solutions for you.
Whether it’s a converted house or an apartment block, the ceiling is often a pain point for impact noise such as footsteps and washing machines. This is due to thin ceilings constructed with subpar materials. In some cases it may be due to gaps around the ceiling through which airborne noise can penetrate. These gaps can be found and plugged with acoustic sealants for a simple, inexpensive solution.
Unfortunately, when it comes to impact noise from above, there is no simple solution for soundproofing the ceiling between flats. Instead, more drastic steps need to be taken to effectively reduce the noise from neighbours.
Installing resilient bars beneath the existing ceiling along with acoustic plasterboards.
A whole new acoustically treated ceiling installed on the underside of the existing structure.
Removing the current ceiling entirely and replacing it with a custom-made soundproof system.
Next to ceilings, walls are the biggest concern when it comes to noisy neighbours. Equally, if you are thinking about constructing a home cinema or music studio. Often thinner than ceilings, they are prone to leaking airborne noise such as music, TV and conversations, as well as the noise of machinery. This is particularly prevalent in more modern flats which tend to include cavity walls and be constructed using lighter masonry.
Thankfully walls are far easier to work with than ceilings, and there is a wide variety of solutions available to soundproofing apartment walls from noisy neighbours. The first step is to ensure that there are no air gaps around the wall through which noise is entering your apartment. If adequately sealed, there are a few steps we can take.
Decoupling the Wall
Resilient bars are affixed to the apartment wall, on top of which acoustic plasterboard is installed.
Insulating Cavity Walls
The cavity is filled with acoustic insulations such as foam, wool and membranes to line the inside.
In more severe cases a whole new, acoustically treated wall can be installed separate to the existing structure.
Whether it’s the sounds of your neighbours below, or tube trains rumbling underfoot, soundproofing the floors between your flats can help you get those peaceful nights you need back.
As with our other solutions, how this is achieved will depend on the origination of the sound. If it’s coming from your end, acoustic mats can be installed beneath or on top of the current floor to reduce impact noise transferring to your neighbours below.
If the noise is coming up into your home, we will consider installing the following solutions.
Installing A Floating Floor
Employing premium isolating materials, we create cavities across which sound cannot travel.
Separating the current floor from the structure below to prevent noise transference.
Including the laying of acoustic mats, foams and underlays to create a better sound barrier.
If the noise from your neighbours is coming from outside – garden parties, barking dogs – your windows will be the key focus. Classically regarded as the weakest point for noise in any home, they’re also the easiest to treat. And with current technology and designs, can boast incredible reductions in noise in your home of up to 51dB.
Specialised glazing designed to dampen and dissipate sound.
Increasing Air Gaps
Increasing gaps between glazing and/or windows significantly cuts transference.
Acoustic foams are used during installation to prevent sound transfer between the window and the walls.