Soundproofing a room can be profitable work
September 12, 2019
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September 12, 2019
Dealing with noise problems is becoming a real money-maker for installers. It’s no surprise, as a third of Britons say that their lives are being affected by unwanted sounds coming from next door. Whether it’s a late-night party or just a loud TV, there are several reasons why installers might benefit from becoming more educated on the subject. In this blog, we explain how to best design a room with strong acoustic performance and the best soundproofing products on offer.
There are many excellent soundproofing materials on offer, but none that stand out as the ‘best’. Historically, it’s been popular for installers to use mass-loaded vinyl sound barriers to pad walls and prevent sound leakage. Solid and thick materials help to block airborne sounds but aren’t as good at protecting against impact noise. Mass-loaded vinyl insulation is the most common form of soundproofing that homeowners and housebuilders are most familiar with. As a result, it’s often the most specified solution, but this doesn’t mean it’s the best.
There is a range of solutions on offer to homeowners who want to improve acoustic performance but can’t remove their existing drywall. Many homeowners won’t consider their home’s acoustic performance until they move in. It’s only then that they realise excess noise is an issue. This presents an excellent opportunity for installers who are clued up on ‘non-invasive’ acoustic products. Here are a couple of the best alternatives:
If customers are struggling with more serious noise concerns, then the best course of action might be to remove the existing plasterboard. Removing the existing plasterboard opens up some more comprehensive soundproofing solutions. Many of these solutions are relatively new, and some installers might not be aware of what’s on offer. However, with any of these solutions, it’s important to remember there’s a trade-off between space and acoustic performance gain.
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In recent years, as homeowners have demanded more acoustic solutions, there’s been a sharp uptake in the number of acoustic-related training courses. One of the best on offer is British Gypsum’s ‘Sound Solutions Course’, which runs over two days. The course offers installers all the practical skills and knowledge needed to deal with several sound-related issues. Included in the course is education around new forms of acoustic plasterboard and how best to install them. For those in the trade, who might not have experience using such products, this course can make a huge difference.
Ceiling tiles have always been used to help improve the acoustics within a room, but newly designed acoustic ceiling tiles provide an even more effective solution. Suppliers like Armstrong Ceilings offer sound blocking and sound-absorbing ceilings that can dramatically reduce unwanted noise in a home.
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