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Does Soundproofing Really Work??

Yes its does. The end results will depend on the following :

  • Correct product used for the correct noise issue
  • Installation of the soundproofing system and/or products
  • Flanking noise transmission     

Do I need a qualified Acoustic Installer to fit the products?        

  • In most cases some DIY knowledge or competent builder will be able to install any soundproofing system. We would always advise that you use builders who have experience in installing soundproofing as incorrect installation could worsen the noise issue or make the entire system void

What are the cost for Soundproofing a room?

  • The cost for soundproofing a room or an specific area will depend on the size of the room or area. For a ceiling, wall or floor the cost for the supply and installation through our approved installer would be start from around £990.00 + VAT

Is it better to soundproof the floor or ceiling if the noise is coming from above?

  • There is really no definite answer to that as in most case’s there is no access to the source of the noise so a ceiling system will have to be installed. We    offer various floor and ceiling soundproofing systems which will achieve similar results after installation

Can Noise come through electrical points?

  • Yes it can as this is a Flanking path for noise especially through hollow stud walls. A layer of Acoustic putty can significantly reduce noise through any electrical point

Can I soundproof my room using Egg Boxes?

  • NO  – This is a myth and the egg boxes should only be used to protect eggs

Do you offer a Design & Build service for Drum Studios and Music Studios?

  • Yes we do offer a full design and build service of all levels of drum and music studio’s. We take care of the build, soundproofing, electrics, ventilation, acoustic doors, acoustic windows, acoustic treatment, plastering, decorating, exterior cladding or render, GRP Roofing . All we need is a space and we will do the rest.

Is Soundproofing Guaranteed to reduce noise by 100% or even 50%?

  • Unless you install a Room with a Room to prevent noise from entering or escaping from all walls , floor and ceiling , there is no company or system that can guarantee a specific DB rating or Noise reduction % after any installation. Flanking noise – Noise coming down or entering through areas like fireplaces, air-vents , stud walls, windows or doors and un treated areas will effect end results. Only soundproofing the entire room some sort of guarantee can be given

Will products that claim to achieve 36db really achieve 36db when installed?

  • Unfortunately the answers is NO. The reason for this is because most products have been tested in controlled environment’s . IE laboratories. When installed into a domestic environment the results will vary due to influences of construction of property and/or flanking noise. Its always best to consider products that have had site tested carried out. At SRU Insulation Ltd we do have many products and systems we have installed ourselves with acoustic tests carried out

What does 10db Reduction on Noise Mean?

  • A 10db reduction in noise is 50% improvement or halve the noise than before.

What is Flanking Noise?

  • Flanking Noise is noise that will/can still be heard through other areas which have not been treated within a room. If you are considering soundproofing the ceiling then the flanking noise could be noise coming down the walls or a fireplace that may be in use within the room

How do I reduce echoing within my rooms?

  • By adding soft furnishings like curtains, carpets large fabric sofas , will reduce echoing in most rooms. If you are wanting to minimise reverberations within a music studio, restaurant, classroom or sports hall then a acoustic sound panels and diffusers will be the most suitable product we would advise installing

How do I know what product or system would work best for soundproofing my walls?

  • Firstly you would need to determine what noise is coming through your wall and at what levels. Impact noise can also be transmitted through party walls via kitchen cupboards against party walls and/or a staircase installed against the party wall, but in most cases this would be airborne noise.
  • You would then need to determine what the construction of the PARTY WALL is. Pre War walls are mostly made up of brick construction but after 1950 its getting more and more harder to assess.
  • Then you would need to decide how much wall space you can afford to lose. This will then give you a good idea on what product or system you would be considering

How do I know what product or system would work best for soundproofing my ceilings?

  • Firstly you would need to determine what noise is coming through your ceiling and at what levels. In most cases this is both impact and airborne noise so a system to reduce both is highly recommended.
  • You would then need to determine what the construction of the ceiling. Is it concrete, plasterboard or lath and plaster o
  •  Then you would need to decide how much ceiling height you can affords to lose This will then give you a good idea on what product or system you would be considering

How do I know what product or system would work best for soundproofing my Floors?

  • Firstly you would need to determine what noise is coming through your floors and at what levels. In most cases this is airborne noise from the property below so a system with high mass is highly recommended.
  • You would then need to determine what the construction of the floor Is. is it concrete or timber joists with floorboards.
  • Then you would need to decide how much floor height you can affords to lose This will then give you a good idea on what product or system you would be considering

Do I need to Install Rockwool under my Floor boards?

  • As the void between your floor and the ceiling below is empty in most cases. This empty space is acting as an echo chamber and the sound waves are bouncing within the void creating a drum effect. So the answer is YES. If you are serious about reducing noise then installing rockwool will be your first barrier against the noise coming up from below

How can I soundproof my current door?

  • Most internal doors are hollow and have no or very little mass. Upgrading the doors with heavy fire doors will do the trick. Adding acoustic perimeter seals and acoustic drop down seals will further prevent noise passing through vie the bottom of the door and/or around the sides and tops of door stops.
  • You can also consider adding a layer of acoustic membrane to hollow doors to increase mass without having to change the door
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