How to Soundproof a Kitchen Floor

How to Soundproof a Kitchen Floor

Kitchen Floor Soundproofing

Kitchens floors in apartments or houses require soundproofing to comply with Part E Building Regulations. By reducing impact and airborne noise transmission the living conditions for occupants can also be optimised. Similar to Bathroom floors, kitchens are frequently exposed to moisture and have heavy furniture installed on them, highlighting the importance of selecting the right acoustic solution for this type of floor.

All separating floors and walls must meet specific acoustic performance values in order to achieve Part E Building Regulations:

Kitchen Floor Construction

In addition to how the floor is going to be used, it is important to select the right soundproofing solution depending on the floor construction in order to deal with impact and airborne noise effectively.

Soundproofing Concrete Kitchen Floors

Concrete floors have sufficient mass to deal with airborne noise transmission, making it important to introduce soundproofing products to cope with impact noise. A concrete floor featuring a screed can be soundproofed using an under screed soundproofing system, to reduce impact noise transmission.

If the floor is not screeded or an existing floor is being upgraded a dry screed acoustic floor board system can be used. The high density of dry screed board and under screed systems enables them to support heavy kitchen furniture such as fridges. They are also able to accept floor finishes such as ceramic tiles directly.

Where applicable acoustic edge strips should also be installed around the perimeter of the acoustic flooring system to prevent acoustic flanking.

ResoFoam 10 System Kit installed under a screed floor
A concrete floor featuring a screed can be soundproofed using an under screed soundproofing system
GYPDECK MR acoustic dry screed boar laid on pre-cast concrete floor
A concrete floor an be soundproofed using a dry screed acoustic floor board system

Acoustic Solutions for Timber and Steel Kitchen Floors

Steel and timber floors lack sufficient mass to cope with impact and airborne noise transmission making it essential to introduce acoustic treatments to cope with them both. On both new and existing kitchen floors it is recommended to use a dry screed acoustic floor board system. Featuring a high performance resilient layer the high density boards are well equipped to cope with airborne and impact noise transmission.

Additional mass should also be added through the introduction of soundproofing materials in-between the joists. An acoustic ceiling featuring resilient bars should also be installed to the underside of the joists. A fully soundproofed timber or steel kitchen floor will be able to meet and exceed the demands of Part E Building Regulations.

GYPDECK and Resotherm underfloor heating system laid on a metal web timber joist floor
A kitchen floor can be soundproofing using the GYPDECK 18 +UFH system which incorporates a complete soundproofing and underfloor heating system

Soundproofing Your Kitchen Floors

Speak to our technical experts today to discuss you kitchen floor soundproofing requirements. We can help you identify the best and most cost effective solution for your project and help you achieve Part E Building Regulations. Call us today to discuss your project on 0116 464 7212 or send us an email with your project details here.

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