How Is Soundproof Flooring Installed
Everyone wants to live in a quiet home. But, unfortunately, sometimes we end up living somewhere that forces us to be confronted by noise on a daily and nightly basis. This is especially true if you live beside a busy road or motorway. And it can also be true if you live with noisy neighbours or if you have children in your home.
Soundproofing your floor is an excellent way to reduce noise at home. It’s possible to do this job yourself, but it’s best to get a professional in, as they know exactly how to soundproof a home.
There are three main soundproofing solutions that people can install on their floors.
The first way that people soundproof floors is by simply purchasing SBx Boards. You simply need to purchase a sufficient amount of these boards and place them on your floor. Then it can then be covered with materials like laminate, carpet, or whatever it is you have on your floor currently.
Of course, these boards are quite thick, and it will mean that they will slightly reduce the space in your home, as you’ll now be walking around on floors that are as high as the new materials you’ve installed. This is by far the most cost-effective floor soundproofing. And it’s possible for people who are keen DIYers to do it themselves, although an expert will do a better job. A 16sqm room can be soundproofed this way for about £700.
The second way of soundproofing floors is to fit soundproof materials beneath your current floor. Of course, this is a more complex job. You’ll need to remove your carpet or laminate, then take out the floorboards. But this does offer better flooring soundproofing than simply adding SBx Boards.
Some people tend to use both of these methods at the same time. As then, you’ll have impact sound and airborne noise covered. If you don’t fit the SBx Boards, and simply put acoustic membrane and a type of acoustic mineral wool under your floor, then a professional can do this job for about £400.
The third option to soundproof your floor is available to anyone who has a laminate floor. This method doesn’t cost a lot of money. All you need to do is to remove the laminate and put an Isosonic mat underneath it. These mats cost a couple of hundred pounds. But they won’t reduce the amount of noise in your home as much as if you use the previous methods.
The methods that contractors recommend will depend on your home, the amount of noise you’re encountering, and how much sound that you want to be reduced. Some people will be keener to reduce impact noise, whereas others will want airborne noise eradicated. Of course, many people will want both eliminated so that they can get the silence they crave.
The Price of Installing Soundproof Flooring
The cost of soundproofing your floors will depend on the method that you use, the type of materials that you use, and the number of materials used too. And each contractor will charge you a different amount for their labour. It’s important to keep this in mind. As soundproofing can take a good day or two, perhaps even longer, depending on how many floors in your home will be soundproofed.
If you go for the SBx Boards option, then you’ll incur a big cost when you purchase them, as they’re not cheap. For example, for 16sqm of SBx Boards, you’ll need to pay £700.
Then you’ll have the cost of a contractor coming in to fit them for you, which varies, but you can expect labour to cost you between £150 and £250 a day. It might be the most expensive method of floor soundproofing, but it tends to be the most effective at reducing noise.
Putting soundproof materials underneath your floor will require a contractor to remove the floorboards, so you might need their services a bit longer than for the SBx Boards.
However, the materials won’t cost as much, and you can get this job done for about £600 if it’s a 16sqm room, including labour. It’s a bit cheaper than SBx Boards, and it can be very effective at reducing noise in some homes. Your floor also won’t be raised from the ground.
The Isomats are the cheapest. And after you have bought the correct amount, which is about £250 for a 16sqm room, then you’ll be able to get the job done for around £400, including labour. Impact noise and sound can be effectively reduced with this method. And depending on your home, this could be the best option, especially when the cost is taken into account.
The Different Costs That You Will Encounter
The only costs that you’ll have to pay are for the materials and labour. About 3/4 of your outlay will go on buying the soundproofing materials, and the rest will go on the contractor who specialises in soundproofing solutions for the home.
Do I Need to Leave My Home While Soundproofed Flooring is Installed?
If you’re sensitive to noise – which you probably are if you want to soundproof your home – then you may want to leave your home while the contractors are soundproofing your floors.
They will be using tools that can produce a lot of noise, and there may be the sound of a hammer to contend with, too. But you don’t necessarily need to leave your home for any other reason than to avoid the noise of the contractors.
How Long Does it Take to Install Soundproofed Flooring?
A contractor doesn’t need long to do a floor soundproofing job in most cases. It depends on how many floors in your home need soundproofing. This is as well as the size of your home, and the method of soundproofing used.
Most contractors can get your job done in a day or two at the longest. You could let them in before work, then return home to find that the impact noise and airborne sound that’s bothered you for so long has finally been eradicated.
Is Soundproofing the Same as Acoustic Treatment?
No. They’re the opposite. Soundproofing is a method of reducing noise, and the aim is to make it quieter. But acoustic treatment is different. This is what you’ll find in a recording studio. The purpose of treating a room acoustically is not to reduce noise but to improve the quality of sound in the room.
There are so many things that can impact sound quality, and if you’re a recording artist or producer, then you’ll need to remove anything that can impact the sound negatively. You’ll also want to use materials like acoustic mineral wool to soak up sound within the room, rather than putting it under your floorboards.
This is so that impact noise, for example, or airborne noise is reduced. A recording studio will often have a floating floor, as a floating floor is particularly good for acoustic treatment.
What do I Need to Do to the Room Prior to the Work Being Done?
The contractors are going to be working on your floor. So, you’ll need to remove everything that’s on the floor so they can do their job. You’ll also want to make sure that they’ve got good access to the area they will be soundproofing.
If they need to clear up or spend time moving things, then it will impact on cost, as they might require more time to do the job that you’re paying them for.
How Much Quieter Will It Be?
It depends on the method that’s used to soundproof the floor. There’s a good chance that you’ll no longer hear footsteps on the floor above you if the soundproof job has been done. But there are so many variables that it’s impossible to predict just how much quieter your floor will be after it has been soundproofed.
Is Flanking Noise an Issue in my Home?
You simply need to put your ear to the wall. If you can hear noise travelling through the structures that keep the wall up, then you might have an issue with flanking noise. You can also ask the soundproofing expert when they visit your home.