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Residential Soundproofing

Posted on November 14th, 2017

We all understand that living above or below or even next to some people can be a bit of a struggle – Especially when it comes to hearing the neighbours routine in the mornings and evenings.

We have recently carried out work for a customer who had issues of hearing their neighbour shower in the mornings and their Tv noise in the evenings. This caused her discomfort when trying to relax in the evenings, as the person below has a entirely different schedule meaning they were both up in the mornings. This is something we were able to assist her with to restore peace and quiet.

“I have been extremely impressed with this company and would highly recommend their services. Living in a top floor flat of a Victorian conversion, a lot of very intrusive airborne noise was filtering up through the floorboards, particularly from the neighbours’ bathroom fan. I decided under floor soundproofing along with acoustic mat on top of the floorboards was the way forwards. I subsequently laid carpet in several rooms. The difference in noise is significantly less and I can now enjoy my home properly! The company were very professional throughout.” – Checkatrade Review

We also have a lot of customers who have a mental disability which can mean they are very sensitive to noises. We have worked along side some of the biggest charities such as ‘The Royal Voluntary Service’ and ‘SSAFA’ to help with confidentiality within the workplace and also to restore client comfort in their own homes.

“The three guys that came to my house were pleasant and very professional, they did a great job and I would recommend them to my friends. The soundproofing is very good and I have noticed a notable improvement straight away. If I ever need sound proofing again I will use Hush Soundproofing Uk”

SSAFA – Home improvement


The 5 Stages of Soundproofing

Posted on November 14th, 2017

We were once asked to write an article on the 5 stages of soundproofing for clubs and pubs/restaurants incase you haven’t had chance to read it – here it is.-


The 5 stages of soundproofing

1) Look at what is around you

We recently worked on a pub in east London, which involved a number of terraced houses literally backing on to the patio doors of the pub itself, which went straight on to the dance floor that had live music at weekends. Straight away then you identify problems that are quite obvious.

2) Add Windows and Doors

Windows and doors are the weakest point. Before sound goes through walls, it’ll go through windows and doors more easily. You look at secondary glazing or secondary doors. You can absorb a lot more noise through having two sets of doors or two sets of windows.

Adding another door is more effective. You’ll notice in pubs and clubs that that is what they do. If you go to the toilet in a Wetherspoons you won’t walk through one door from the dancefloor or bar to the toilet, you’ll walk through an entrance porch and then another door.

It’s the same with the outside. You go into any chain and you walk through a door and it leads you into an entrance porchway before another set of double doors.

Before you look at anything a lot more serious, like soundproofing the actual pub itself, you identify the biggest problems, which would tend to be doors and windows. You’d address those more standard issues first. Once you’ve ticked off that box, you gradually work your way down the list, but many times you won’t need to go further than the doors and windows.

We try and keep the design in keeping with what they’ve got. Sometimes you’ve got to keep to regulations in that it might be a listed pub. We’ve just done a pub where we’ve had to fit and restore the original shutters because it was a listed building. It caused us problems because we were restoring shutters that weren’t up to standard for absorbing noise, but sometimes you’ve got to find the balance between what you can do and what you’ve got to do.

The pub in east London had two sets of UPVC doors finished in oak. We basically found and fitted another two doors in front of the existing door. The existing doors open outwards and then our doors open inwards.

3) Look at the Walls & Roof

You’d look at the construction of the building. If it’s built out of stone, generally stone walls will be two foot thick and you shouldn’t have a problem with noise escaping. Stone is so dense and heavy, nothing will transmit through those walls.

You want to know the construction of the building and to have a good understanding of what makes up that building and what makes up the weakest areas. If you identify a weakness in the build and it adds up to where the complaints are coming from, you can gauge whether you’re looking at the right point or not.

4) Lower the Ceilings

I’ve had pubs on one floor and a restaurant or flats on the floor above. Then you’re looking at the floor or ceiling.

We would look at soundproofing the ceiling from below, rather than the floor from above, because you need to lose space to absorb sound and it’s easier to lower a ceiling than raise up a floor. If I try to raise your floor by four inches it’s never going to be possible, but if I have to lower your ceiling by the same four inches, nine times out of 10, I can do that.

We’ll put the materials in the new ceiling we build. It’d be a combination of materials. Acoustic quilts, sound block boards and high-mass vinyl, which is called mass-loaded vinyl.

The biggest factor is the amount of separation involved because the bigger the separation, the more you allow the sound to travel in that space.

When you’re looking for the best type of material, you’re looking at weight and density. If you’re using a board you’ll want the thickest and heaviest; the same with the acoustic installation. You want the densest material and we use Rockwool.

5) Ultimately accept that it is impossible to keep all sound in.

The only other thing you can do is have limiters on the sound equipment. That can stop the bass or the music being turned up too much, if it really comes to it.

You’re never going to make it 100%, so people need to be realistic.


John Caldwell

Posted on September 25th, 2017

Hush Ltd were proud to deliver their project to John Caldwell a successful businessman who required our independent ceiling system.


Phit Gym Chelsea

Posted on September 25th, 2017

 

Hush Team installing a independent ceiling for Phit Gym Chelsea!

 


St Johns College Cardiff

Posted on September 22nd, 2017

St. Johns College – Cardiff.

St Johns College Cardiff benefited massively from the use of the independent wall systems in their classrooms to prevent sound traveling into the surrounding offices.

This particular customer left this review on our CheckaTrade Website:

“All completed. Good comms. Contacted them in early July for work that had to be completed by end of August. They completed by that deadline. As promised.”


Echo/Reverberation panels for Rostrum Ltd

Posted on September 22nd, 2017

One of Rostrum’s meeting rooms had problems with Reverberation from hard surfaces in the room, The Panels allowed the sound to be absorbed from the soft surface on the top layer of the panels therefor eliminating majority of the echo from the office.


Soundproofing Floating floor Upgrade

Posted on September 22nd, 2017

Soundproofing Floating Floor Upgrade

This system requires a lift to the flooring however is a great overall system to reduce both impact and airborne noise. The HD Foam allows vibrational noise to be reduced adding the layer of Techsound 50 offers a great attenuation for airborne noise.

We also ensure that minimal flanking occurs by adding a perimeter strip surrounding the new flooring system.

 


Genie Clips

Posted on September 22nd, 2017

Genie Clips

Genie clips are a great overall compromise to reduce a good overall level of airborne noise attenuation. Impact noise is reduced because of the rubber mountings on the clip which reduce transmission noise such as footfall and lower frequencies.

Typical results

Airborne noise reduction**-19DB+

Impact Noise Reduction **- 19DB+

 


Independent Ceiling Upgrade

Posted on September 22nd, 2017

Independent ceiling upgrade:

This system is our most effective system to reduce both impact and airborne noise as the existing ceiling system is isolated, again without any direct contact to the existing ceiling, vibration noise such as footfall and dropping objects is significantly reduced. Also airborne attenuation is significantly increased.

Typical results

Airborne noise reduction**-23DB+

Impact Noise Reduction **- 24DB

 


Independent Wall System

Posted on September 22nd, 2017

Independent wall system

This system is our most installed system, boasting a great overall level of airborne and impact attenuation As this system is installed infront of the existing wall it achieves a high level of noise reduction as the existing wall is isolated.

We isolate the existing wall by creating an air gap which plays a vital role in reducing noise. Filled then with a High Density acoustic quilt and two layers of our specialist board this system is able to reduce noise by approximately 70%**

Typical results noise reduction**-26DB+