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A two-ply, flexible and high performing acoustic matting for floor soundproofing, its application is perfect for rooms that are limited in available space, for timber and concrete structures, and suited for almost any floor finish including luxury vinyl tiles and engineered wood.
Noise pollution has been found to have a detrimental effect on both your health and wellbeing and on your concentration at work. What is needed is a solution that can help bring peace and quiet to your environment, one that tackles the various sounds that are now a part of everyday life.
Our MuteMat® 2 is a floor soundproofing material that features strong performance against both airborne and impact noise. It is suited for both timber and concrete structures, and it is both slim and straightforward to install. To achieve the best possible solution for soundproofing, you will need to incorporate them into 'Systems', and it is here you will find MuteMat® 2 in a range of options. Each offers ways of increasing acoustic performance, for example, fitting it on top of acoustic cradles to create a fully floating floor, or by adding them to joist structures alongside sound insulation for a vast improvement for airborne and impact noise, or use in concrete buildings as a standalone for impact reduction.
As a two-ply soundproof material, MuteMat® 2 comprises of a layer of six millimetres closed cell foam, this provides a separating layer from the floor and most importantly is compressible, which helps to reduce impact noise such as footsteps. There is also a Mass Loaded Vinyl layer at four millimetres in thickness to provide damping of airborne sound, its flexible mass it will help to break down airborne sound energy while helping to spread the load of impact.
The subjective nature of noise means that a problematic or irritating noise for you will not be the same for others. Your sensitivity to a specific sound or event will vary, and this could be disruption from footsteps above, the low hum of a washing machine or even from casual conversation. Acoustic issues vary for homes or workplaces, but it is our MuteMat® 2 that offers you flexibility across your specifications for performance, cost and thickness.
Listed below is a typical reduction figure taken from our system performance data.
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MuteMat® 2 is part of our MuteRange core, these products are subjected to stringent testing in both laboratory and real-world environments providing the best possible solution for the purpose with a result you can trust.
You can find out more about our all-encompassing MuteRange by clicking on the icon below if you are interested in stocking or specifying our range for projects now and in the future, get in contact with us!
This product contains a high level of mass if there any structural concerns you will want to consult a Structural Engineer to discuss your requirements.
*Our Typical Performance Results and Noise Reduction Guidance are provided to indicate the results that have been achieved in previous tests but are not guaranteed to a specific site as multiple factors can affect this, you can view their variants on our 'Featured Systems' tab.
We endeavour to display the most up to date testing and assist in managing your expectations through each stage of the process so that the choice we make is the right one.
We are always looking for the best ways to describe to you the world of soundproofing through introducing guides that range from the basic principles of sound, how to best soundproof surfaces and what to look for, and how to understand acoustic test data, and this is only naming a few! We want to help you come to the right decision, so whether this is through the use of our guides or talking to a member of our team - we are here to help!
A combination of the following will always result in a much improved acoustic performance.
MuteMat® 2 systems for timber, especially our 'Pro' range covers all the above properties, ones that secure the best performance possible. We recommend them to be installed in conjunction with removing the existing floor, treating the space (cavities) between the joists and refitting the floor with a buffer around the perimeter, this is our Perimeter Flanking Band. You want to prevent Flanking Transmission whenever possible, both in timber and concrete builds, and one example here that installation teams often overlook is by installing all the flooring layers tightly against the adjacent walls without a buffer. This vibration then has a clear path for transfer into the wall, moving up or down, leading to inferior results, or even the failure of an acoustic test.
If you are troubled by an extensive range of noises, ones that are intrusive and disruptive, or if you are specifying for a project that wants to be 'future-proofed', you will need to source solutions that combine all of the properties above. Low-frequency content can be found not just with machinery or with amplified music but you will also find these in the human voice, television sets, with the increasing use of soundbars, and from the impact of closing doors. It is these sounds that require separation from the structure.
We recognise the subjective nature of sound and how we react to each one, and that is why we offer so many variances in our systems. We understand that it is not always possible to incorporate significant losses of space with say, the introduction of a stud frame, so we provide different variances to suit what performance you need, your budget and thickness.
Ready to see how you can fit MuteMat® 2 into your space? Select our 'Systems' tab and then on any system to learn more about each one. You will discover their acoustic performances, overall system thickness and in what scenarios they are best used. You can then add all featured components to the cart in a press of a button!
Whatever the scenario, come and speak to our team on 01937 588 226.
Installation methods will be different depending on what sub-floor you are installing onto, whether this is timber and joist construction or concrete. They will also differ with the chosen floor finishes, and we have explained the most common applications below.
Please see floor finishes below to review the installation steps needed for each one.
Please see floor finishes below to review the installation steps needed for each one.
For Woven Carpets
Woven Carpets are often a topic of discussion in soundproofing, but here we will keep it brief. Carpets do offer a little improvement over hard finishes for impact noise, but will not suffice for the alleviation of airborne noise. The installation method is very straight forward with our MuteMat™ 2, and even the most basic of DIY skills would find it a straightforward process.
Whether or not you need to bond MuteMat™ 2 to the sub-floor is a question for Building Control, primarily if you are converting a property into multiple dwellings to satisfy Part E Building Regulations, for example, a single home into apartments, the answer would be yes. If not, it can be loose laid and bonded together at the joins with a heavy-duty cloth tape.
For timber, tiled and vinyl type finishes.
These flooring types are often delicate, and we recommend anything under an 18mm in thickness to be accompanied by a 6 or 9mm ply to provide a stable base for the floor finish. Adhesives must be used to prevent any movement iwithn the MuteMat; this will also assist in validating conversion properties so that they exist as 'fabric of the building.'
This product is part of the following systems:
MuteMat® 2 is high performing against impact noise, and this is because the dense layer of mass loaded vinyl spreads the load - although the mass loaded vinyl is not practical on its own against impact noise, in this case, it is. The carpet will offer some sound proofing qualities against impact noise, but not to the degree of which a dedicated sound insulation material provides, and this is because it compresses easily underfoot.
We often use the analogy here of running a 100mm race in slippers (a soft fabric material which allows a lot of contact and vibration to transfer into the body) or in running trainers (offering maximum resilience and specially designed for reducing the impact transference into the body).
Because of the compressibility of MuteMat® 2, which is essential for the reduction of impact noise, it is not suitable for installing tiled or wooden finishes directly on top; but it is a sure method in making sure replacements of carpet in apartments with laminate flooring receive the best sound proofing possible as to not disrupt your neighbours. An overboard is required with: ceramic tiling, laminate flooring, engineered wood flooring, luxury vinyl flooring such as Amtico and Karndean, and standard vinyl floorings such as lino.
Building Control will often want to see estimated acoustic performance values when trading off carpeted flooring with new hard floor finishes in residential complexes, and we can provide these to you or help liaise with your Building Control officer.
Concerning Building Regulations, you will most likely need to bond all sound proofing materials floor so that it exists as ‘fabric of the structure’, in other words, so you do not remove it at a later date after passing the regulations; this is usually up to the discretion of the acoustic testing engineer. With any hard finishes, you will want to bond MuteMat® 2 to the floor, and any over boarding then bonded to the top to reduce flex and movement in the flooring. Using adhesive will not increase it’s soundproofing qualities.
You require no overboard with woven carpet finishes, but you will need to use a Carpet Gripper Strip around the perimeter to raise the gripper rods to a height to avoid a descending around the edges. Carpet Tiles may benefit from an over boarding to reduce the joins coming apart, and you will find these primarily in offices. Using MuteMat® 2 will add compressibility to the floor, so chairs with wheels will need an over boarding to provide stronger support.
Although there are no issues with using MuteMat® 2 to sound proof a wall, it is not the best material to use as it also cannot be decorated over. We have better options available for dedicated wall sound proofing projects which you can find here.
Yes! MuteMat® 2 works perfectly for sound proofing stairs against impact noise, and stairs often present a real issue in noisy neighbour situations, especially when you share a partition wall where one or both sets of stairs are adjoining to the wall. In this scenario, you will want to reduce this noise by using a product like MuteMat® 2 on the stair tread and risers as wall soundproofing solutions won’t be nearly as effective, especially in areas that offer little space. Learn more on how to install MuteMat® on stairs.
When it comes to sound proofing wet rooms or bathrooms, the concern is often that water or vapour will become trapped in foam materials. MuteMat® 2 does not yield from these issues as the Cross-Linked Polyethylene Foam does not absorb moisture and offers high sound insulation against impact noise, tiling and lino floor finishes may require a form of water-resistant marine over boarding as opposed to standard ply or MDF as a bed to lay the flooring securely. You will still want to opt for acoustic mineral wool between the cavities in timber joist constructions to reduce the sound moving into this area and leaving a boom-like effect.
We would recommend seeking advice from the Underfloor Heating specialist before proceeding with MuteMat® 2, and we are happy to send out samples to make sure it is compatible. In most situations, MuteMat® 2 would be best installed underneath as an option for sound proofing underfloor heating trays as the mass loaded vinyl layer will trap a vast amount of heat below it and the heating system will need to work harder to pass the heat through.
MuteMat® 2 is laminated together from two separate materials and does not come as a roll, and this means that each piece is stored safely without the two composite layers coming apart by keeping them in a roll form.
You will want to cut MuteMat® 2 with a new Stanley blade and a straight edge or metal ruler, always cut away from your body and behind the straight edge.