Soundstop offer soundproofing and sound insulation materials.

Soundstop aim to make the process of selecting soundproofing materials and choosing the right acoustic products as simple as possible. Our coloured tabs below will guide you through a short process aimed at getting the right sound insulation solution delivered direct to you. The main aim of many of our solutions is to minimise the space loss that you might suffer when installing insulation materials while maximising acoustic performance. For those looking to achieve regulation E solutions please see our dedicated site.
 Confronted by so many acoustic products we want to make the process of building a soundproof wall or creating an acoustic floor a simple one. Each of our solution pages contain decibel rated performance tables and an insight into the science underlying sound insulation.

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While the basics of sound insulation are relatively easy to understand there are many aspects of soundproofing that can quickly confuse a customer when trying to evaluate what is the best solution for them.
Firstly, there is the type of noise that is measured and produced.
This falls into two categories and its very important to understand the difference between the two. The first is “airborne sound” and the second “impact sound”

Airborne sound.
This is the sound that you hear in a house which is generated by things like TV talking music and even computer gaming. The unit of measurement is the decibel. The scale used is not liner but logarithmic. This simply means that a for every 10dB increase the noise sounds twice as loud.

Impact sound
This is the sound generated by impact energy causing a surface, typically a ceiling to vibrate. This kind of sound tends to be much lower frequency and hence tougher to eliminate.
The decibel scale used to measure soundproofing is complicated and we go into much more detail in the right hand column.

The aim of soundproofing is to try and bring the sound within a room back to what we would call normal ambient sound which is actually around 30-40dB.
The materials we use to try and insulate you from neighbour noise or any other unwanted sound is relatively straightforward.

Mass
We aim to increase the mass of the surface we are treating. This is the most important law in soundproofing and is known as masses law. For those wanting more information see here.
So most soundproofing systems begin with weight as the key ingredient of the solution. We use acoustic plasterboards high density rubber and many other heavy things within our solutions
Resilience also known as decoupling
However, mass on its own doesn’t work particularly effectively especially if its applied to what is already a very heavy surface, like a brick wall. So, all the solutions we offer provide a method of spring loading that mass. The better the resilience the better the soundproofing

Absorption also known as sound damping
When designing a sound insulating surface we want to try and absorb as much sound as we can as it passes though. So all our solutions incorporate some form of sound absorption whether it is integral; to the material or added in the form of acoustic mineral wool.

We treat soundproofing like waterproofing and aim to block every tiny crack and hole. Remember that a 1% gap in the surface you are trying to insulate will result in a 10% loss in performance.

The decibel scale and the confusion it causes The scale is not linear. Its is a logarithmic scale. So If we can improve sound insulation by 10 decibels the sound you hear is half as loud. If we improve by 20 decibels the sound is just a quarter of what you heard before.
Typically, people tend to get annoyed when the sound that they hear is in the mid 70dB range. We are aiming to get that sound ideally into the 40dB-50dB range that is the sound of a quiet suburban home. Now if soundproofing were this simple it would be great however.
Five PITFALLS of choosing a soundproofing product
1) Many retailers and manufacturers blur the performance lines between impact and airborne sound. A customer will by a highly rated impact mat top try and clock sound from below and find that the number they were looking at was an impact sound rating.
2)Performance figures are often achieved in ideal conditions in a laboratory, much like MPG figures quoted by car companies the performance figure in the field can be far worse.
3) Sometimes less scrupulous companies will quote the performance of a whole system for example the ceiling floor and the soundproofing product and attribute the performance just to the product.
4) Diminishing returns. As you add more soundproofing material to a surface it gets harder to improve performance. You cannot add one product to another and assume to will gain the performance of the two combined.
5) To add to confusion there are multiple dB scales used to describe the performance of a system. There is the simple Lab tested figure known as Rw there is the field based figure known as DntW and there is the number used when regulation E testing which is known as Dntw +CTR which is a number which corrects for base sound
6) The number you are offers is actually an average of the sound across a whole range of frequencies. Typically, sound insulation systems will perform much better on high frequency sounds than low.

Soundproofing your home might be cheaper than you think.


We have created sound proofing solutions for the most common types of noise problem. Our three most popular systems are:-

Walls - Our slim wall soundproofing solutions start at under £400, and will drastically reduce your noise problems.

Floors- If you are troubled by neighbour noise from below we can offer a clean fast remedy with our SBX boards, definately DIY-able

    Ceilings- Did you know you can soundproof your ceiling with just 60mm height loss and virtually no mess ?

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    "The results are outstanding. There is no way I’m letting my neighbour know... they will probably be even noisier than before."

    "The improvement is immense, I can sometimes hear the family faintly if I am awake, but I am never woken by them now."
     

    "Background noise really reduced - you have to press your ear against the wall to hear anything! It's great to have some privacy!"

    "The room is now my ‘own space’ and I don't hear the neighbours in the lounge of the flat above any longer."
     
    Our sound proofing and acoustic insulation products offer homeowners affordable sound insulation from the common problem of domestic noise pollution and noisy neighbours.

    Without adequate acoustic insulation or soundproofing many people have their privacy constantly invaded by noisy neighbours.