How to Soundproof a Living Room

How to Soundproof a Living Room

Living Room Soundproofing

Living rooms need to be soundproofed to reduce external and internal sources of impact and airborne noise transmission including foot traffic, music and road noise. Soundproofing will also reduce the transmission of noise from the living room into others. A soundproofed living room will provide occupants with excellent living conditions and help a property achieve Part E Building Regulations. All new new and existing floors and walls must meet the following sound insulation to achieve Building Regulations:

How a living room floor is soundproofed will depend on the buildings construction. Careful consideration must be given to whether it is a new build or refurbishment project and the type of floor and walls that are featured in your development. We recommended that soundproofing products are installed by someone with the necessary experience or qualifications.

New Build Living Room Soundproofing

New properties have less chance of building irregularities compared to existing properties, making it easier to accurately specify suitable soundproofing solutions for floors and walls. Speak to our team for expert technical advice on soundproofing a new living floor.

New Build Floors

An apartment featuring concrete separating floors has sufficient mass to cope with airborne noise. Therefore, soundproofing should be introduced to reduce impact noise transmission. A floating floor system such as acoustic floor panels may be adopted, or if the floors are to be screeded an under screed soundproofing system may be introduced:

ResoRubber Base laid under a screed floor
ResoFoam 10 System Kit installed under a screed floor
A screeded concrete floor featuring an under screed soundproofing layer

If the development features steel or timber separating floors the property lacks mass, making and is vulnerable noise transmission including music and foot traffic. Therefore, careful attention should be given to both impact and airborne noise transmission to meet Part E Building Regulations. Acoustic dry screed panels can be installed on the sub-deck to add mass, whilst soundproofing material and resilient bars should be installed
in-between the joists.

GYPDECK dry screed panels laid on an I-joist timber floor
GYPDECK dry screed panels and other insulation materials are installed to soundproof a new build timber floor.

In both instances acoustic edge strips are should be installed around the floor perimeter to prevent acoustic flanking. Once these floor systems are correctly installed the living room floor will then be able to accept typical floor finishes such as carpets and laminate flooring.

New Build Walls

Acoustic wall lining panels can also be introduced to maximise the living rooms soundproofing property. Wall lining systems can be fixed directly to timber stud and masonry walls, or for additional soundproofing performance they can be included as a part of a complete soundproofing system. It may not be necessary to soundproof both the floors and walls, speak to our team to find out the best acoustic solutions for your project.

Existing Living Room Soundproofing

Existing living rooms can provide additional challenges when approaching Part E Building Regulations. The full details of the construction may be unclear, so it is important to assess this carefully to ensure the correct soundproofing materials are introduced to prevent construction delays and significant costs.

Existing Floors

On existing concrete floors it is common to install an acoustic floor panel or soundproofing mat on the sub-deck, in addition to acoustic flanking strips around the floor perimeter to meet Part E Building Regulations.

On timber separating floors (see below) a combination of acoustic floor panel on the sub-deck (1), edge strips around the floor perimeter (2), soundproofing wool between the joists (3) and an acoustic ceiling system featuring resilient bars on the under side of the joists (4) is a well recognised solution. This combination of acoustic materials is able to assist with the impact and airborne noise issues with timber and steel floors. Once acoustic flooring system has be installed the floor is then ready for floor finishes such as carpets and laminate flooring to be introduced.

Existing Walls

As with new developments existing walls can also be upgraded to improve acoustic performance. Acoustic wall lining panels can be fixed directly to the walls or included as a complete soundproofing system featuring resilient bars and soundproof wool.

ResoWall on timber stud and masonry block walls
New and existing walls can be upgraded with a ResoWall acoustic wall lining system

Soundproofing your Living Room

Before soundproofing your living room speak to our technical experts to discuss your project. We will help you identify the best and most effective acoustic solution for your new build or existing development. Contact our technical team on 0116 464 7212 or send us an email here for expert advice.

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