Train & Tube Noise Soundproofing Solutions
Living near a train station is great for commuters. Having to listen to their screeches, rumbles and horns at all times of the day or night is not. With customised solutions to soundproof against the noise of trains, we make nuisance noise a thing of the past.
Noise Pollution From The London Underground
Although many homeowners have issues with noise from tube trains, the majority of complaints come from central areas, where ground-borne noise from trains underneath homes is a major problem. As opposed to airborne noise, ground-borne noise pollution requires extensive structural work to be combatted effectively.
The Night Tube
TfL themselves have recorded noises of 52 dB inside homes along night tube routes. Even louder recordings have been made when two trains cross paths near the residence. This is far in excess of the World Health Organization’s recommended 35 dB for a good night’s sleep, and is much louder than their 45 dB peak noise event recommendation.
Findings from the Environment Committee found that those disturbed by the night tube complain of:
- Lack of sleep
- Constant headaches
- Hearing damage and tinnitus
- Reductions in concentration levels
Tube Train Noise Solutions
There are multiple products we can install to reduce the noise of tube trains in your house, with each system customised to suit your property, as well as the complaint itself.
However, as with any soundproofing project, you are only as effective as your weakest link – meaning if you do suffer badly from train noise just replacing your windows may not be enough if your floor is a weak point, and vice versa.
Our soundproof floor systems tackle train noise in two ways: by decoupling the floor from the rest of the structure (thereby preventing the sound from passing through the floor), and by ensuring that there are no gaps through which sound can penetrate.
Reduce impact noise transference.
Floor Decoupling / Floating Floors
The floor is decoupled from the building structure.
High quality sealants plug any gaps around the floor.
Classically the weakest point for noise pollution in any home, windows will let in more airborne noise from trains, i.e. if the train is above ground and passing by your home. With our specialised soundproof windows we can reduce noise by up to 51dB. In more severe cases, and where sill space permits, a two window solution will dramatically reduce noise.
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.
Prone to both airborne and structure-borne noise, poorly constructed walls can present a further entry point for noise from both tube trains below via flanking and at ground level.
To reinforce existing external walls, we will generally install a decoupled wall within the structure. This is created using dense acoustic plasterboards, mineral wool (where space permits) and is isolated from the brickwork by specialised resilient bars designed to prevent noise transference. While this will impact a little on room space, it will make a considerable difference to those suffering from train noise in conjunction with soundproof windows.