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A three-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, an additional plywood overboard may be required for certain floor finishes.
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® 3 is a premium floor soundproofing product that features strong performance against both airborne and impact noise. It is available for install on 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® 3 in a range of options. Each offers ways of increasing acoustic performance, for example, by fitting them alongside acoustic cradles to create a fully floating floor, 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 three-ply soundproof material, MuteMat® 3 comprises of two layers of Mass Loaded Vinyl at both two and four millimetres, each provides a level of damping that due to its flexible mass it will help to break down airborne sound energy. Bonded between the mass layers is a six-millimetre closed cell foam, this helps to provide a solid performance against impact noise due to its compressibility, this is very important in timber structures as rubber alternatives are often too dense.
The subjective nature of noise means that there are problematic noises that will affect you but will not have the same effect for others. Your sensitivity to a specific sound or event will vary, and this could be disruption from footsteps above, noise from traffic or a commercial store below, or even from casual conversation. Acoustic issues vary for homes or workplaces, but it is our MuteMat® 3 that offers you the flexibility to suit 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 ™ 3 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.
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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™ 3 systems for timber, especially our 'Pro' range covers all the above qualities, ones that acquire 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 MuteMat® 3 will benefit your project? 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 your soundproofing project, 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™ 3, and even the most basic of DIY skills would find it a straightforward process.
Whether or not you need to bond MuteMat™ 3 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 in the MuteMat; this will also assist in validating conversion properties so that they exist as 'fabric of the building.'
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MuteMat® 3 is high performing against impact noise because of it's Closed Cell Polyethylene Foam, and its dense layer of mass loaded vinyl spreading the load - although mass loaded vinyl is not effective on its own against impact noise, in this case, it is essential. The two layers of mass loaded vinyl also vastly improve airborne noise reduction, mainly when they are part of an acoustic system. The carpet will offer some soundproofing 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, a carpet will offer little to no sound insulation against airborne noise.
We often use the analogy here of running a 100mm race in slippers (a soft fabric material which allows a lot of contact to the body) or in running trainers (offering maximum resilience and specially designed for the purpose, reducing the impact transferring into the body)
MuteMat® 3 is a compressible sound insulation material, and this is an essential property for the reduction of impact noise - it is not suitable for installing tiled or wooden finishes directly on top. But, it is very effective in making sure replacements of carpet in apartments with laminate flooring receive the best sound proofing possible, minimising disruption to your neighbours. You will require an over boarding 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 the acoustic performance values when trading off carpeted flooring with proposed new hard floor finishes; we can help you with this - 01937 588 226.
Concerning Building Regulations, you will most likely need to bond all sound proof materials to the floor so that it exists as ‘fabric of the structure’, in other words, so it cannot be removed 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® 3 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 sound proofing qualities. When installing a Wove Carpet, do not require any glue when regulations are not concerned, it can be pulled over the top and attached to Carpet Gripper Strips around the perimeter.
No over boarding is required with woven carpet finishes. You will need to use a Carpet Gripper Strip around the perimeter to raise the gripper rods to a suitable height to avoid a dipping around the edges. Carpet Tiles will benefit from the installation of an over boarding to reduce the joins coming apart, you will find carpet tiles in offices, so when you are soundproofing an office with the use of MuteMat® 3 an over boarding will help to provide additional support.
When you are looking for wall sound proofing options, MuteMat® 3 would not be your best option - although there would be no issue in using it, it won’t offer an excellent finish nor can it be decorated over. We provide a range of effective wall sound insulation options for stud framing, brick, block and concrete constructions.
MuteMat® 3’s impact performance is almost identical to MuteMat® 2, and since it is impact noise that is mostly the primary concern, MuteMat® 2 may be your most cost-effective option. You can Learn more on how to install MuteMat® on the stairs.
The first concern many have when looking to soundproof a bathroom or wet room is whether water or vapour will become trapped in any foam materials belonging to the sound insulation material, MuteMat® 3 is not subject to these issues as the Cross-Linked Polyethylene Foam does not absorb moisture, nor does it suffer from fungal or mould problems. It offers high levels of sound insulation for both airborne and 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 correctly.
With the installation of underfloor heating, whatever lays on top must be able to pass heat energy through without straining the heating system. MuteMat® 3 is comprised of two layers of mass loaded vinyl which work incredibly well at reducing sound energy, but will, if installed on top, suppress heat energy. We would recommend seeking advice from the Underfloor Heating specialist before proceeding with MuteMat® 3 as well as continuing with an underfloor heating system when you need to meet set soundproofing requirements - we are happy to send out samples to make sure it is compatible. In most situations, MuteMat® 3 would be best installed underneath as an option for sound proofing underfloor heating trays.
Because of how the MuteMat® 3 is laminated together - it only comes in sheets. The different densities of mass loaded vinyl would make it very difficult to roll and could cause separation between the layers over time.
You will want to cut MuteMat® 3 with a new Stanley blade and a straight edge or metal ruler, always cut away from your body and behind the straight edge.