How to Soundproof

Choosing the Best Method of Soundproofing

If you’ve already read much about soundproofing, you’ll know that we are essentially talking about construction work, or at least some heavy duty DIY.

Exactly what this entails for you depends on

  • What you are trying to achieve
  • What type of structure you are adding to

Your chosen soundproofing method could be as simple as adding a layer of plasterboard and QuietGlue Pro to an existing studwall, or as complex as removing an existing ceiling and replacing it with one of our high performance ceiling systems.

But first, what exactly is soundproofing?

What Exactly Is Soundproofing

Sound proof walls, floors and ceilings share many characteristics with conventional construction methods. For example, the systems recommended on this website are all based on proven designs that have been used in millions of buildings for many decades.

However, in order to maximise the level of soundproofing, we have tweaked them in the following ways:

  • We ensured there are no weaknesses in the design where sound can easily leak out.
  • We ‘decoupled’ the components where appropriate to absorb impact noise and limit the transfer of vibration.
  • We specified optimum grade soundproofing and construction materials to maximise noise performance and value-for-money.

Your finished construction may differ slightly to the recommended systems on this website, which is fine as long as you stick to our guidelines. You can contact us to discuss the best method for your building with a soundproofing expert.

Overwhelmed?! Contact us and we’ll take care of the rest!

Worth Remembering!

  • The system is only as effective as the weakest part.
  • Seal all gaps and joins in your plasterboard with a quality acoustic sealant.
  • Use acoustic insulation in wall and ceiling cavities. We recommend 45KG Rockwool RWA45 for best performance and value.

Worth Forgetting!

  • Avoid expensive materials, for example mass loaded vinyl, unless they have been independently tested.
  • Don’t use thermal insulation products such as polystyrene and expanded foam panels. They are useless for soundproofing!
  • Avoid making assumptions! If you experiment with your own techniques you could actually waste a lot of money. Contact us to check your plans over before you commit.

In Summary

Soundproofing is not something you simply add to your wall, floor or ceiling. It is in fact the adjustment of the overall construction to maximise all opportunities for increasing noise performance.

Now you are armed with the basics, it is time to choose your preferred soundproofing system.

Soundproofing Walls

Soundproofing Floors

Soundproofing Ceilings

Take a moment to read our Installing Your Soundproofing page for practical guidance and unmissable soundproofing tips. Essential reading for your builder!