Our most common systems for walls are for the direct approach to solving soundproofing issues as direct options, this means to apply directly without a stud frame. Whether it is the home or workplace, brick and block walls offer a certain level of protection against airborne noise, but depending on its age and condition can be completely weakened. Part E Building Regulations are a concern from timber to concrete homes, and some offer little in the way of available depth into the room. Here we offer answers to these issues with our direct to wall soundproofing systems.
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.
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You'd think that with the weight of a brick or block wall, these would protect you against from noises transmitting through, disturbing your peace. But, this is not the case. A solid wall does not offer much 'flexibility' or 'resilience', and they are sometimes only a single brick thick between two properties. There could well be a single layer of plasterboard fixed or 'dot and dabbed' over the top. With the single layer offering little to no improvement and dot and dab sometimes worsening the noise, greater options need to be applied. Breezeblock is very porous and lightweight, so these can perform very poorly for soundproofing, especially if they have not been rendered. Our options range from our MuteBoard™, that are available in different thicknesses and airborne performances for spaces that offer space-conscious options. And our MuteClip®, a decoupling option that can support great weights for additional soundproofing while separating from the wall, covering both airborne and vibration noise.
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 with their wealth of experience will help you to clear up any uncertainties you have. We are Creating Quieter Spaces Together.
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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) =56 (-2;-7) dB | = 'Up to 49dB'
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. We do provide installation and cover nationwide - so we'd be more than happy to go through the details of this with you by contacting our team!
As these systems are installed only to the brick or block wall, the systems are from the materials themselves. Skim and plastering are not included and other wall finishes need to be factored in, these can often be nominal in the grand scheme of things.
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 brick or block wall 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 provide 'Partition Designs' for brick and block walls to showcase potential acoustic performance values. We are able to look at the projected airborne performances of different thickness or course/layers of brick or block walls alongside air gaps then combine them with our wall 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 adjacent to the wall you are looking at soundproofing that is left empty or untreated, this then becomes the 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.
Combining Tecsound and our MuteBoard™ 3, this system is another option for direct fitting to brick and block walls. This upgrade is for addressing everyday noise issues in homes and workplaces.
A simple wall solution for areas that present tight spaces. MuteBoard™ 2 helps to give an additional boost to standard plasterboard for reducing background airborne noise levels.
A directly fitted wall solution for areas with restricted space. MuteBoard™ 3 is an upgrade to MuteBoard™ 2 and helps to address low level, everyday noises in homes and workplaces.
Our MuteClip® helps to decouple from the wall, and with this system, you will gain a high level of protection against airborne noise for the space lost, while also minimising vibration.
A wall soundproofing solution using our MuteClip® for decoupling, it provides protection against light vibration and muffled levels of airborne noise. For tightly fitted residences and workplaces.
Our best wall soundproof solution that does not use stud framing, but our MuteClip® for decoupling. For problematic levels of airborne noise and medium levels of vibration in the home or workplace.