Housing, office and industrial complexes are built from concrete in vast numbers today. It offers greater control with the available pre-cast options (factory-built slabs) and with today's technology and expertise, with much greater speed than timber, thus fewer costs spent on build time. It also gives way to building upwards taking up less square meterage on the ground, with new technologies allowing us to construct higher. But although these are made of concrete, they still need soundproofing options for floors to protect one another from impact noise, and at times, increased airborne noise. Part E Building Regulations concern every residential new build, and conversions too, so we offer a range of systems for concrete floors to help solve them.
To help you understand what the performance means and our additional focus on areas when gathering information for a soundproofing project, viewing more below will expand this for you. These systems will offer options for those looking at three deciding categories: Performance, Cost and Thickness.
Acoustic Design Installation Sound Test
These systems are designed for concrete floors, and with special focus on soundproof underlays as over screed options, this means they are fitted on top of the concrete finish. See here for Floating Floor and Under Screeds. Our MuteMat® OSF (Over Screed Flat) options address impact noise, the main source of noise found in concrete because of its 'stiffness'. By applying a rubber underlayment such as our MuteMat® OSF, this will offer astounding performance with a minimal loss of height. They can receive almost any floor finish on top without the need for additional support. When airborne noise is a concern we would turn to our Concrete Ceiling Direct and Independent Ceiling Systems as separation or decoupling is important in concrete builds.
Concrete structures are frequently built of the following, and all of our systems are suitable with each.
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.
Ln,w =48dB = 'Down to 48dB'
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.
Since the costs can vary, we have based this on a £-£££££ rating. We are basing this on the material costs alone, and with floor finishes and additional fitting not included in this. We do provide installation and cover nationwide - we'd be more than happy to go through the details of this with you by contacting our team!
Thickness is taking the material depths and noted alongside necessary elements of the structure. For example, MuteMat® OSF 750-03, 05 and 10 are standalone, and simply applied to the concrete. We do not factory floor finishes here as you will need to add these the top of these MuteMat® OSF options. MuteMat® 2 and MuteMat® 3 systems also do not include the floor finishes, but generally, with hard floor finishes and our MuteMat® 2 and MuteMat® 3, a 6-9mm ply support decking will need bonding on top to keep the floor stable.
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 timber floor 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 flooring and ceiling (when necessary) systems to showcase potential acoustic performance values. We are able to look at the projected airborne and impact performances of various depths of concrete slabs across the different structural concrete. We put these alongside the layering of our floor soundproofing systems. 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 noise affects every individual differently cannot be answered 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 - no two are alike! When open cavities great, small or adjacent to the area you are covering, for example, a stud frame below and adjacent to the room of a floor and ceiling partition that is left empty or untreated, that becomes a weak point. We help to advise on these areas and provide options that range from installing Acoustic Mineral Wool between the studs to using varying wall and ceiling soundproofing systems to get it under control.
Concrete floors that need extra attention for reducing impact noise, this system will reduce even the most stubborn of household or workplace noises. It is also very straight-forward to install.
A system for intrusive impact noise, this will help reduce even the most problematic of situations from above. It combines our MuteMat™ 2 with Tecsound for additional protection. Easy to install.
As a concrete over screed, this is our thinnest system available for treating impact noise. It is straightforward to install, cost-effective and made of recycled rubber of up to 94%.
A thin concrete over screed for treating impact noise. This is an upgrade from the 3mm option and is easy to install, cost-effective and made up recycled tires up to 94%.
Our most robust concrete over screed for addressing impact noise. This is an upgrade from our 5mm solution and is easy to install across various floor finishes with 94% recycled material.