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Soundproof Ceiling Solution 1- Genie System

Genie Clip - Highest performance suspended ceilings

Making a decision on which product to use when soundproofing a ceiling is often confusing. However if you are looking for the best performing product that you can attach to your existing ceiling then look no further than the genie clip system. This fool proof system will give the best performance from an impact and airborne perspective second only to the independent ceiling.
 
The soundproofing can be carried out in one of two ways. Either retaining your existing ceiling or removing it.
 

 

Retain Existing ceiling
Remove existing ceiling
Diagram of Genie Clip Ceiling
 
Diagram of Genie Clip Ceiling removed

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Fitting Instructions- I am retaining celing   Fitting Instructions- I am removing ceiling

The choice of whether to remove or retain your ceiling is somewhat dependent on what type of ceiling you currently have in place. Where a lathe and plaster ceiling is in place then it is preferable to retain it. This is because lathe and plaster has good airborne soundproofing properties already. Where there is a single 12.5mm plasterboard you can remove this. Removing the existing ceiling is often desirable where ceiling height is an issue and you wish to maximise the amount of headroom.

 

Genie Clips - How good are they? Performance versus resilience bars.

Diagram of Genie Clip in Joist      

As you can see the Genie clips outperform traditional resilient bars by a significant margin. As borne out by the above figures, the difference is all the more impressive given the non linear nature of the dB scale. Please note that these figures are test data figures and might be a little confusing. Click here for the a more detailed explanation.

 

The Genie clip is screwed direct to joists in the same manner that a resilient bar ceiling would be and it houses "furring strips". To these furring strips plasterboard is screwed.

Image of Genie ClipGenie clip screwed to ceiling joistDiagram of Genie Clip in Joist
     
 
The Genie Clip system is a superior alternative to the conventional resilient bar system producing better performance from an impact and airborne sound perspective but also it is far less prone to fitting error. In fact its virtually impossible to fit incorrectly.

 

Image of Genie ClipImage of Genie ClipImage of Genie Clip

The Genie Clip is a moulded rubber and steel isolation clip used to to control the passage of noise
It Significantly improves low frequency sound control performance and this is often the hardest frequency to cope with. Of all the resilient solutions that fix direct to joist it offers the best performance.
 
Performance of Genie Clip
It Significantly improves low frequency sound control performance and this is often the hardest frequency to cope with. Of all the resilient solutions that fix direct to joist it offers the best performance.
Important note on recessed lights

If you are adding recessed spotlights in this ceiling you will need to add an acoustic fire retardant light hood to each light, otherwise your soundproofing efforts will be severely compromised due to the hole you have created. These can be purchased from our on-line store. Spotlight hoods

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are adding recessed spotlights in this ceiling you will need to add an acoustic fire retardant light hood to each light, otherwise your soundproofing efforts will be severely compromised due to the hole you have created. These can be purchased from our on-line store. Spotlight hoods

Soundproofing ceiling solution Ceiling Height loss Labour Intensity Acoustic Performance Impact improvement Airborne sound
(Improvement db)
Impact Sound*
(Improvement db Average)
~66mm Low-Medium Good Airborne up to 6 db better than resilient bars on impact This solution provides best impact and airborne performance of suspended ceilings 19db+
Excellent improvement
19db
85-91mm or 3 inches (ceiling retained) Low-Medium Good Airborne up to 4 db better than resilient bars on impact Hangers are preferred over resilient bars where impact sound is the bigger issue Good 18db+ improvement 16db
29-35mm or 1 inch (Ceiling removed) Medium Medium Airborne/ medium Impact Good where carpeted above. Good 16db+ improvement 13db
~205mm or 7-9 inches (ceiling retained) High Excellent Airborne excellent impact If structural Vibration occurring this should ceiling should be seriously considered. 23db+
Excellent improvement
24db+
Impact sound now only transmitted through walls
 

* Important note.

Sound Stop refers to Db improvement when it compares any of its systems. This we hope is an informative way of telling the customer what kind of improvement they will get when they add a soundproofing system. Many competitor sites and products will boast much higher numbers but be aware these are often referring to a complete system which include the original surface. This often leads to confusion when trying to compare systems. We are an independent site and as such will try to sell only the most effective solutions available in the market today.

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