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Tecsound is a flexible, easy to handle and high performing acoustic matting for all your soundproofing needs. it is a feature in many of our acoustic systems and is suited for timber and concrete structures with particular focus on the 'muting' vibration in metal structures. Learn more below.
The adverse effects that noise pollution has on our health are ones that concern the long-term, the longer you are exposed to them the more significant the health risks. It affects our health and wellbeing, so it is essential to find the right solution in both the home and the workplace.
Tecsound S100 ALU is a visco-elastic membrane, and this means it is both a viscous material, part way between a solid and a liquid, having elastic properties, meaning that it returns to its original form when stress is within its limits, like pulling an elastic band, if you pull it too hard it will break. Tecsounds sweet spot for damping or 'muting' vibration does not often go into these 'stresses' in the majority of projects that need control over vibration.
For soundproofing, these are both effective for the damping of vibration, and because of its high mass, will reduce airborne noise too. To achieve the best possible solution on soundproofing projects, you will need to incorporate them into 'Systems', and it is here you will find Tecsound 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.
Tecsound S100 ALU is a single ply material, one that is used between plasterboards in our acoustic systems or used to be directly applied to metalwork to dampen vibration. Our acoustic test data and performance is based on an acoustic curtain, where Tecsound separates two rooms and then measures its performance. When factored into a 'System' this will change as you cannot add dB levels together, you can learn more on our 'Science of Soundproofing' page.
The subjective nature of noise means your sensitivity to a specific sound or event will differ from others. These noises could be from disruption from footsteps above, or conversation from all directions, or even the loud, tin-like sound from the rain in contact with metal sheeting. Acoustic issues will vary for homes or workplaces, but it is our Tecsound S100 ALU that offers improvements to our acoustic systems, look for our 'Pro' and 'Plus' systems as these feature the use of Tecsound.
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.
We understand that it is not always possible to factor in the significant loss of space that the introduction of isolated stud frames or the use of acoustic cradles, so we provide different variances to suit what performance you need, your budget and thickness.
Ready to see how to use Tecsound in your space? Select our 'Systems' tab to learn more about acoustic performance, overall system depths and add all featured components to the cart in a press of a button.
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Tecsound S100 ALU is a 4mm thick, visco-elastic membrane that is accompanied with a self-adhesive backing to make direct application easier without the need for mechanical fixings, tacking or additional adhesives with an aluminium facing. Visco (viscous, a thick and often sticky consistency) elastic (when stretched will often return to its original state) is a malleable, dense and easy to cut product that sits between both these mechanical components, this makes it suitable for reducing vibration and airborne noise issues as the two properties combined help to turn sound energy into heat.
The aluminium facing of Tecsound S100 ALU is for decorative purposes only, for example - in industrial environments or when being applied to ducting or other metal structures it helps to blend in with the existing aesthetic instead of leaving the facing of Tecsound exposed.
Yes, it does, and it will be something you notice almost immediately. The self-adhesive backing is always in even contact with the surface, which is why we always opt for self-adhesive. Energy from the vibration, especially in metal structures, is absorbed into the Tecsound and the resonance is dampened, resulting in the removal of a long-delayed ring heard in the majority of metal structures. Tecsound is often used between acoustic plasterboard to provide additional sound proofing properties, and the aim is to provide different densities and material composites to break down frequencies in the most effective way possible.
Tecsound S100 ALU is incredibly flexible because of its thickness, this makes it great for metal ducting and accommodates small jutting of fixtures - we would ask for some information about the ducting to make sure it is compatible in for your specific environment. Damp environments, for example, could lead to the adhesive becoming compromised over time. We would use Tecsound to dampen the long-tail resonance of sound in ductwork, and this would often not require complete coverage. In cases where the metal ducting leaks sound, we will aim to wrap the ducting to reduce sound transmission.
Tecsound S100 ALU’s temperature range is between -20°C to 60°C, anything above and below these could compromise its self-adhesive qualities and the visco-elastic material - it is best to create a form of boxing around these pipes if noise can be heard from them and apply Tecsound to the acoustic plasterboard boxing. You will want to discuss these options with a registered plumbing expert to be sure of its compatibility.
Tecsound S100 ALU can be used to soundproof waste pipes where waste can be heard travelling down or across them, and this can be a highly uncomfortable situation when these noises are in earshot, you should aim to box in the waste pipe to improve the overall soundproofing performance.
As an alternative, our MuteWrap™ works exceptionally well against sound proofing waste flues.
To help protect sound proofing materials from high amounts of vapour and moisture, which over time can begin to degrade the adhesive qualities and elastic materials in the Tecsound S100. Damp professionals generally recommend that when using a soundproof system, that there is at least a Vapour or Moisture board protecting all materials from any exposure, it is most common that Moisture Board is used internally in bathrooms to preserve the sound proofing materials behind it. Vapour Boards concern primarily external walls, so when damp is expected in these areas - you will want to discuss the use of sound insulating materials with a damp specialist during the specification of materials.
Hung as an acoustic curtain, Tecsound reduces sound at an average of 25.2dB - what this means is if a sound measuring device is placed at one end of the room with a sound played at another (usually in a controlled environment with sound played at a specific level) it would reduce it by this amount. Decibel reductions cannot be added together, so when using Tecsound S100 ALU in a soundproofing system, applied directly to a wall or within one of our MuteClip® Systems, these results will differ and is not always possible to determine what level of sound proofing the Tecsound will provide in these composites.