MuteClip® Single | Ceiling Soundproofing

Slim joist ceiling soundproofing to reduce airborne and impact noise. Focusing on light neighbour noise to workplaces, covered by our versatile MuteClip®. No need for additional studs.

  • Airborne: Up to 50dB
  • Impact: Down to 58dB
  • ££
  • 56mm
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MuteClip® (Patent Pending) Single is our slimmest option for projects that require a ceiling soundproofing solution that performs to a high standard and is space-conscious, with only a 56mm loss of space. It creates fewer points of contact with joist ceiling using our MuteClip™ which is composed of a dual-density rubber in a galvanised metal case, acting as a shock absorber. The MuteClip® Channel affixes to the MuteClip® and the new soundproof ceiling which is composed of a single layer of dense Acoustic Plasterboard 15mm this suspends away from the ceiling joists. What this ultimately results in is a vastly improved reduction of airborne noise, especially in the more problematic lower to middle-lower frequencies, as well as reducing immediate vibrations.

 

 

  • Easy to install, no incorrect fixing or shortages, unlike standard Resilient Channel.
  • Approximate loss of space of 56mm.
  • Up to 55dB for airborne (where a higher number is desired)* (details are available on the 'System Performance' tab above).
  • Down to 58dB for impact (where a lower number is desired)* (details are available on the 'System Performance' tab above).
  • 10-15dB estimated improvement for airborne noise* (where 10dB is a 50% reduction as perceived sound loudness).

 

MuteClip® Single is available for specification on a wide range of projects that include large scale residential builds, commercial properties for increased privacy and perfect for soundproofing the home. This system is also suitable for retrofit scenarios for those looking to improve existing properties with limited ceiling height available.

Projects where you are specifying the use of an acoustic system our team can help you from start to finish and with the use of our MuteClip® Single. We can provide Acoustic Modelling Data for estimating results, CAD drawings of the MuteClip® and Channel to aid visualisations and fantastic rates so that you feel you're making the right choice. We also provide Acoustic Testing for existing structures as well as Part E Building Regulation testing and additional acoustic testing options for projects that include Gyms and Nightclubs or even homes that require or seek increased acoustic performance for improved living quality.

 

MuteClip® Single contains components from our MuteRange core - these are products that have been 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 icons below or get in contact with iKoustic today.

 

 

MuteClip® System vs Resilient Channels

We have provided a detailed blog on the use of our MuteClip® System against the 'Additional Costs of Resilient Channel.' 

"To make you aware of the potential issues and additional costs Resilient Channel can leave within the project, we have provided some brief points to review before proceeding with this method."

 

A Guide to Soundproofing a Ceiling

If you are uncertain of what to look for when soundproofing a ceiling, you can read our handy guide - A Guide to Soundproofing a Ceiling by clicking on the icon below. You can also pick up the phone and say hello to find out how we can help you on - 01937 588 226!

 


 

Are you prepared?

  • Conduct prior sound testing or home testing to draw attention to any potential flanking paths (where sound takes an alternative route), and this will be an essential part of making sure you have the best soundproofing in place and managing what is possible to achieve, our team can help guide you on this.
  • You will need to make sure you are fixing directly into the brick/block work and not fixing over existing plasterboard (this may require levelling before installation)
  • To lay Acoustic Mineral Wool between flooring and ceiling joists to help reduce flanking transmission


How to Install

Installation is based on a 600mm spacing, and we recommend staggering the MuteClip® at 1200mm in a diamond configuration with a MuteClip® at each end. MuteClip® Channels would also installed with a 600mm spacing with one located 100mm from top and bottom

  • MuteClip® fixed to the bottom of the joist
  • 100mm overlap on MuteClip® Channel with four self-tapping screws into the shoulders of the MuteClip® Channel, running perpendicular.
  • Rockwool RW3 30mm between joists
  • A layer of Acoustic Plasterboard fixed on to MuteClip® Channel with self-tapping screws (leaving a 2-5mm gap from any adjacent surfaces and using acoustic sealant)

 

 

Alternatively, we provide Acoustic Installation across the UK to fit all of our systems, they come with a wealth of experience in the field so you can feel comfortable that the right installation methods are being carried out.

 

Contact us | 01937 588 226

 

All of our systems contain a high level of mass; if there are 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.

We endeavour to display the most up to date testing and to manage expectation as best as possible; please do contact us to discuss your requirements

Noise Reduction Guidance*

  • Television, light music levels
  • Muffled Conversation
  • Minor impact noise issues and vibration
     

Compliance with Part E Building Regulations and Scottish Building Regulations

 

  • We would advise conducting a Sound Test to survey any planned conversions in existing properties before concluding on this Acoustic System in regards to Part E Building Regulations; these are applicable across the UK, excluding Scotland (England, Wales, Northern Ireland) and the Republic of Ireland.
     
  • Regarding Scottish Building Regulations we would advise conducting a Sound Test to survey any planned conversions in existing properties before concluding on this Acoustic System as they contain higher targets than that of Part E, our Legal Requirements section has the required acoustic values.
     

  • For additional guidelines and requirements for non-residential buildings; for example, Gyms, Nightclubs and Industrial focused purposes, please do contact us so we can discuss your available options.

Residential properties, especially new builds, offer minimal ceiling heights compared to those of past builds, and there will be a more conservative approach with the final ceiling height. The positive is that MuteClip® Single still provides separation from the structure and this will heighten acoustic performance for both airborne and impact than that of the fixture of acoustic boarding direct to the joists. As we cannot take in to account the effects of Flanking Transmission for every property and every room in a property will behave differently acoustically, these areas will contribute to the overall performance too. As a guide to the soundproofing values for airborne and impact, as a general improvement, we would expect to see a 5-8dB improvement for airborne and 5-10dB for impact, which is 25-40% and 25-50% respectively.

Across these noise issues, which are common household noise issues but would also be found in perhaps an office that requires soundproofing - there would be a reduction of each, especially more towards the middle ranges and higher ranges, with the separation from the Mute Clip™ and Channel helping to mitigate immediate vibrations. But with use of any high fidelity speaker systems, soundbars or excessive shouting, an upgrade would most likely be required to yield a noticeable reduction. Remember to take care of any adjacent cavities to the ceiling in stud frame walls or dot and dab plasterboards, for sound can move into vulnerable areas from above via Flanking Transmission.

For both conversion and new build projects, the expected values would come in close to passing the values of new build structures in the Part E Building Regulations for airborne on a few occasions, but with nothing treating impact noise above - may not pass for impact noise transmission. It is advised to look at our upgraded option or to combine with a floor soundproofing solution above like our MuteMat® 2 or MuteMat® 3 to assure there is the further treatment of impact noise at source and an additional mass layer - if a total ceiling solution cannot be installed.

Our design of the MuteClip® and Channel had a range of customers in mind, everyone from brief DIY backgrounds up to architects and specifiers working on projects of personal and grandiose, bespoke or commercial. We wanted to assure that there was no possible way to fix our sound isolation clip options incorrectly, and that there was a single fixing required per clip, and that the Channel snapped in. Its performance is superior in the reduction of low-frequency sound energy, essential for the attenuation of structural vibration and airborne noise. We have put together a blog on the comparison of the two which you can view here.

Vibration travels through connected points in all sorts of mediums, so if a suspended ceiling like our MuteClip® Single has it’s Acoustic Plasterboard layer abutted tightly to the adjacent walls, any vibration found flanking down them will make its way back into the board - completely short-circuiting the MuteClip® and Channel. It also reduces the ceiling’s suspension to reacting with low frequency and structural/impact noise because it is tightly fitted. Make sure to leave this isolation gap and run a bead of acoustic sealant down them to reduce air flow.

Joist thicknesses alter depending on the span of each room with the minimum being a 2x8 inches or 50.8 x 203.2 millimeters. We generally find 2x8 in most domestic situations, and with this example, 200mm of Acoustic Mineral Wool can be fit into the joist, with the air gap provided by the suspension of MuteClip® and Channel, this would be two slabs of 100mm as this is the thickest available. Do not try to compress more inside the cavity as this will bridge a gap from the MuteClip® Channel to the underside of the floor above - short-circuiting the acoustic system.

All decorations from the depth of the new system will require removing, and this would usually be any cornicing, coving or other decorations that may be fitted and any electronics such as light fixtures, movement sensors or alarms would require removing and wiring extended to accommodate new depths prior to installation.