Ceiling Independent

With the world's construction being built with more and more concrete, we need to provide the best soundproofing products and systems that can cover the broad depth that an increasingly urban population needs and demands. From homes, workplaces and leisure areas all being built in multi-purpose concrete builds these options need to cover everything from Part E Building Regulations, to the strict building controls to manage noise pollution from services from areas like gyms in close proximity, and bars all located in the same building. These now towering buildings need systems that are able to manage a range of different noise issues where proved acoustic results are a must.

 

To help you understand what performance means, electing the right soundproofing for gathering information for a soundproofing project, and guidance on acoustic design, selecting 'view more' below will expand this for you. These systems will offer options for those looking at three deciding categories: Performance, Cost and Thickness. 

 

                             Acoustic Testing or Sound Testing

Acoustic Design         Installation             Sound Test

 

Concrete Structures have a greater amount of 'stiffness' and often a great deal of 'mass', and both of these exist as positive and negative. 'Stiffness' means that its resistance against impact noise is poor, and this is solved by decoupling or separating from the concrete ceiling entirely. The 'mass' is great at 'blocking' certain frequencies from transferring room to room through airborne noise, but low-frequency noise can still remain an issue. In projects that concern a greater level of noise sensitivity or want to a more peaceful environment, it is these Independent Ceiling options that offer complete separation with a separated 'mass', protecting against even the most invasive noise issues and securing project requirements. MuteClip® is our versatile sound isolation clip that is featured prominently through in these systems. MuteClip® comes in 4 options.

 

  • MuteClip® is our sound-isolating acoustic clip for reducing impact and airborne noise
  • MuteClip® LP (Low Profile) for minimising the space loss of the standard MuteClip® above by nesting into the joists.
  • MuteClip® XP (Extended Profile) for managing uneven joist depths without additional structural work.
  • MuteClip® MP (Multi-Purpose) suitable for creating wire-suspension ceilings with a metal framework.

 

Concrete structures are often made of the following

  • Pre-Cast Concrete
  • Poured Concrete
  • Block and Beam Concrete
     

Understanding Performance in System Summary

Our system summaries are based on guided figures of the highest demonstrable number for this has what has been achieved. If you are an architect, acoustic consultant or specifier you will find all of our test data relevant to that system under 'System Performance' and complete test data under 'Related PDFs' for comparing different scenarios.

 

If you are a homeowner looking to improve the soundproofing or your home, we have given subjective readings in our 'System Performance' too, and we are always looking at how to best represent the effectiveness of our systems so that you feel comfortable in your decision. Talking to our wonderful team and their wealth of experience will help you to clear up any uncertainties you have.

 

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Airborne Performance Reading | We have included an 'Up to *dB' rating supported by taking our test data and applying the correction, we have outlined these in details in our 'Guide to Understanding Acoustic Test Results'. But, if you are comparing systems, with a (-*number) you need to subtract this from the first number as like our example below.

 

DnT,w (C;Ctr) =61 (-1;-7) dB | = 'Up to 54dB'

 

Impact Performance Readings | In our impact performance, we have two results depending on how we have tested them, and have tried to keep this as clear as possible. 'Down to *dB' is when you are measuring the amount of impact noise transferred. You are looking for a lower number here.

 

L’nT,w = 53dB = 'Down to 53dB'

 

The other is the reduction figure that takes before and after, this is more relevant with concrete floors. We put (reduction) next to 'Up to *dB' this to indicate this. You are looking for a higher number here.

 

Δ30dB (reduction) = 'Up to 30dB (reduction)'


Additional guidance for understanding system and performance. 

  • Systems are important to understand as a whole because they give the clearest picture. 'Soundproofing Products' are assembled and tested in a system, and this includes the partition, the ceiling in this case, with all its parts. Even the most robust systems mat will almost never provide you with an additional "45 dB reduction" for airborne noise, and will almost certainly include the ceiling and floor as a whole. 
     
  • If the number signifying impact results go beyond 40dB, especially for a simple soundproof mat product, you could assume this is an L'nT,w or Ln,w rating, where you look for a lower number. Below this number they could be talking about the reduction, a Δ symbol is usually shown here, a higher number is desired here.

 

Understanding Costs in Systems

Since the costs can vary, we have based this on a £-£££££ rating. We are basing this the inclusion of stud frames and everything that goes with it, as these are a part of these systems. We also provide installation and cover nationwide - we'd be more than happy to go through the details of this with you by contacting our team!

 

Understanding Thickness in Systems

As the stud frame is an important part of the system, we have factored in 100mm thickness here as a minimum. Depending on the span of the room, something thicker may be required. For concerns or building plans, we would recommend you to talk about your project through with structural engineer. We can assist you with different system weights to assure a secure fit. There is also a 10mm isolation gap from the ceiling to stud frame, then we are talking about the depth from stud frame to final plasterboard finish. We do not include skim and plaster thickness as this is generally nominal in the total system thickness.

 

Acoustic Design and Flanking Noise

We provide Acoustic Design at varying levels, and you can read more about how we provide this to all of our customers, whether you are a newcomer soundproofing their home, or an architect or specifier. A basic level of Acoustic Design is included in all of our projects, this is because every property will offer its uniqueness in passing sound, there is no definitive answer to any project. We know that makes it difficult, but we will help you get to the point of using the best system for soundproofing your concrete ceiling while making sure focus is given to the smaller details. We will investigate with you!

 

If you are working on new build structures as an architect, acoustic consultant or a specifier, we are able to provide 'Partition Designs' that combine ceiling and floor (when necessary) systems to showcase potential acoustic performance values. We are able to look at the projected airborne and impact down to the different structural concrete slabs alongside the inclusion of our differing ceiling soundproofing systems to find the right one for your project. We are also able to do this with existing builds when we have the previous structure design with the relevant information.

 

Acoustic Design requires a blend of the creative, scientific and practical approaches to solving the huge majority of issues found in soundproofing. An understanding of everything from neighbour noise to workplace disturbances with how it affects every individual differently cannot be responded by simply adhering to regulations, they must be acknowledged together, whether that is with you, an individual or the workplace as a whole.

 

Flanking transmission or flanking noise is where sound takes an alternative path, which varies from room to room, and structure to structure. When open cavities great or small or adjacent to the area you are covering, for example, any wall partitions that are adjacent to the ceiling will become the next area of weakness. We can help advise on this and the answer can range from installing Acoustic Mineral Wool between the studs to using varying wall and ceiling soundproofing systems to get it under control.

 

 

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Incredible soundproof ceiling solution against both airborne and impact noise. Used everywhere between very problematic neighbour noise to studio builds and even in industrial and gym complexes.

  • Airborne: Up to 68dB
  • Impact: Down to 35dB
  • £££££
  • 190mm (with a 100mm stud frame)
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For those addressing problems with impact and airborne noise, look no further than this system. Providing a solution from the home the workplace to recording studios with our versatile MuteClip®

  • Airborne: Up to 65dB
  • Impact: Down to 40dB
  • ££££
  • 185mm (with a 100mm stud frame)
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MuteClip® Concrete Stud Single | Ceiling Soundproofing

A slim and effective solution to gain high levels of protection against impact noise, as well as airborne noise. Used where impact noises are the biggest issue around footsteps and general vibration

  • Airborne: Up to 60dB
  • Impact: Down to 42dB
  • £££
  • 166mm (with a 100mm stud frame)
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