MuteMat® 2 Plus | Floor Soundproofing

MuteMat™ 2 in combination with Tecsound to provide significant improvement against airborne and impact noise. More information on floor finishes on our System.

  • Airborne: Up to 55dB
  • Impact: Down to 46dB
  • £££
  • 40mm (including 18mm floorboard)
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Our MuteMat® 2 Plus system is a top performing acoustic solution for soundproofing timber floors, providing noise control for both homes and workplaces. This system seeks to improve both airborne and impact noise issues while offering you something slim with a strong performance against even the most intrusive noises. MuteMat® 2 is compressible, while still dense, offering both airborne and impact reduction qualities and is combined in a full system alongside Tecsound, a visco-elastic material that reduces vibration and breaks down sound energy by turning it into heat. There is also Acoustic Mineral Wool to fit between the joists, at no less than 45kg per m3, and use of Isolation Strips to provide a floating floor function. It is all these materials combined that make it ideal for those looking to achieve the best floor soundproofing possible, for reducing clear conversation, bringing levels of footsteps down to background noise levels and even the use of HIFI audio devices. Although these are noise issues commonly associated with what you find at home, especially in dense-living, multiple dwellings, these disturbances are similar to those you hear in the workplace.

 

 

  • High performing floor soundproofing system.
  • Thickness from floorboards - 13.5 mm (plus any ply and floor finishes to be installed)
  • Up to 55dB for airborne (where a higher number is desired) (details are available on the 'System Performance' tab above).
  • Down to 46dB for impact (where a lower number is desired) (details are available on the 'System Performance' tab above).
  • Compliant with Part E Building Regulations (England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland).
  • Be sure to check for 'Flanking Transmission' in adjacent surfaces as these can affect acoustic performance.

 

Combining essential soundproofing materials.

 

  • MuteMat® 2 - 6mm PE crosslinked foam (closed cell) that is consistent in structure (provides compression needed in timber builds to reduce impact)
  • MuteMat® 2 - features a layer of 7.5kg per m2 Mass Loaded Vinyl (a high mass for reducing airborne sound)
  • Tecsound - a visco-elastic barrier to help reduce vibration and improve the reduction of airborne noise.
  • Acoustic Mineral Wool 45kg or 60kg per m3 - (essential for reducing resonance between joists, and to minimise sound 'flanking' into other rooms)
  • Isolation Strip P8 - is a deviated, rubbed crumber material to separate from joists (to achieve the best performance against impact and low-frequency noise)

 

A Guide to Soundproofing a Floor

If you are new to soundproofing, or you are unsure which system to use for your needs, or any requirements, you can learn more thanks to our handy guide by clicking on the icon below. You can also pick up the phone to say 'hello' or leave us a message, and we will together find out how we can help you best - 01937 588 226!

 


 

Floor Finish Examples

  • The carpet may go straight over the top, and you will need to use Carpet Gripper Strips around the perimeter of the room to raise your gripper rod
  • Laminate and engineered oak will require a 6mm ply minimum to be bonded to the top to act as a stable base
  • LVT, vinyl, tiled and over fragile and thin flooring types would require a 9mm ply minimum bonded to the top to act as a stable base

 

How to Install

  • Acoustic Mineral Wool fitted between joists in which it's depth dictates thickness needed, you will want to leave at least a 10mm air gap - DO NOT COMPRESS
  • Isolation Strips self-adhered to top of joists, make sure these areas are dust-free as possible
  • Subfloor installed, preferably a tongue and groove flooring as this would provide an airtight seal
  • Perimeter detail installed, dependent on your floor finish above this may either be Perimeter Flanking Band for hard finishes or Carpet Gripper Strip for woven carpeted finishes
  • Tecsound SY70 installed throughout with self-adhesive backing, this can be loose laid but use self-adhesive backing around edges to help provide an airtight seal, taping together joins
  • MuteMat® 2 installed over top opposite direction from joins of SY70, taping together joins

 

 

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 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.

Typical Performance Results*

Impact L’nT,w dBAirborne DnT,w (C;Ctr)
44dB65 (-2;-7) dB

 

Noise Reduction Guidance*

  • Clear conversation
  • Background television and radio noise
  • Muffled mid-range music levels
  • Regular foot traffic

Compliance with Part E Building Regulations and Scottish Building Regulations
 

  • When installed under the correct guidance this system is compliant with the required acoustic values for airborne and impact transmission featured in Part E Building Regulations; these are applicable across the UK, excluding Scotland (England, Wales, Northern Ireland) and the Republic of Ireland. We would advise conducting a Sound Test to survey any planned conversions in existing properties prior to concluding on an Acoustic System.
     
  • In regards to the Scottish Building Regulations Building Standards Technical Handbook 2017 for Scotland, we would advise conducting a Sound Test to survey any planned conversions in existing properties prior to concluding on an Acoustic System, Scottish Building Regulations 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.

MuteMat® 2 Plus is a combination of dense, compressible and vibration reducing soundproofing materials that work incredibly well to all reduce noises of footsteps, with even the heaviest footed, dropping of objects and moving of general furniture such as the scrapping of a chair as somebody moves suddenly. Depending on what is currently in place will greatly affect the level of reduction you will achieve, there will be a dramatic increase in acoustic performance for example on exposed floorboards changed over for this system, but with some properties they may have no ceiling and currently have exposed joists - to where noise issues will still be there. As a guide we would look to see a 10-15dB reduction overall for impact noise, 50-67% of noise issues reduced as an average.

It is the various dense layers of both Tecsound and MuteMat® 2 that provide the mass to reduce airborne noise, especially if using Tecsound S100 as an upgrade. Often we find that noise issues such as conversation, television and low-level music without the use of large high-fidelity systems are reduced. We would expect to see up to 10dB reduction for airborne noise issues in the middle to higher frequencies, 10dB is a 50% reduction in terms of loudness levels.

Some offices don’t harbour excessive noise issues so can be relatively comparable with those found at home, conversation for example - being of primary concern for both privacy issues and of focus. Large offices that harbour large teams all on phones for extended periods of time and office equipment of large printers can often be problematic. MuteMat® 2 Plus is entirely suitable for both applications.

It is always recommended whenever it is possible to treat the cavities below the flooring, for missing this important part of the installation out can lead to a drop in acoustic performance, especially for airborne noise. Leaving a cavity untreated results in all sounds passing through as a boom-like sound, or a whooshing - continuing to amplify beyond the MuteMat® 2. It is also a clear path for sound to flank into other weaker areas or through flooring voids into another space. Impact noise is still affected by leaving an open cavity but if the floor cannot be lifted you will see often still see a greater lift in the reduction of impact noise.

Tecsound is a dense, visco-elastic membrane which means it is somewhere between a viscous material and an elastic one which properties help to mitigate vibration. It’s density which ranges depending on the Tecsound SY50, Tecsound SY70 or Tecsound S100 of 5kg, 7kg and 10kg per square meter respectively, and remember - mass is important in the reduction of airborne transmission. So Tecsound in this instance helps bring the further damping of vibrations and addition mass for the reduction of airborne.

For all the variations and hefty reliance on the build quality that timber constructions harbour, determining the outcome of acoustic results is difficult for it is often the ceiling that lets down a good system, especially when it is attached to joists underneath. A ceiling system with a degree of suspension if often required and recommended to put in place if the ceiling is of the above, our MuteClip® ceiling soundproofing solutions come in a wide range of options that can help assist - this is for conversions. For planned or proposals of new build timber structures we can help design acoustic partitions of your current makeup to help determine potential results of both airborne and impact. Timber is heavily influenced by many construction elements that can both negatively and positively affect their performance for the passage of sound.

For when impact noise or structural vibration is for a specific appliance, for example washing machine, dishwasher or tumble dryer - it can be installed as a standalone floor soundproofing platform to reduce noise transfer into the structure. For airborne noise, installing in one area of a single room will not reduce any noise issues as it will find the weakest point - even if rooms below are separated in a way that would split your single room in half, the sound would move along the flooring area by way of Flanking Transmission.

This all depends on structural requirements and protection of any damp getting into the cavity in moisture-heavy rooms like bathrooms or wet rooms. This system our very dense, cement impregnated chipboard - MuteDeck™ for increasing airborne reduction.