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Q.  There is a lot of information on this web site and I am confused and do not know which of your products will work best for my noise problem.  How do I know which of your products will work best for me?

A.  Explore our site thoroughly and familiarise yourself with all of our products.  The best place to start is on our soundproofing materials page which lists all of our sound insulating materials.  Once you are familiar with what we are able to offer, give us a call on 01993 704981 with your noise problem and we will advise you the best course of action to take and which of our insulating materials (if any) will be applicable for you.  Our consultants and advisers have many years of experience and will be pleased to provide a solution to your noise problem along with the amount of sound insulation required and prices.

Q.  How do I know your sound insulation will eliminate my noise problem?

A.  Let's get one thing straight.  It will be virtually impossible to completely soundproof a noise nuisance no matter how much insulation is installed.  However, we can supply sound insulation to reduce your noise problem to a lower intensity so that it will not be as much of a nuisance and less annoying.

All of our products have a description of where they can be used and many have sound loss performance data which will help show the effectiveness of the product.  Basically, the higher the graph line or the decibel number the more efective the product will be.

Q.  If I spend all this money installing your sound insulation, what results can I expect?

A.  This depends on the noise problem you wish to address.  If, for instance, you want to reduce airborne noise from the other side of a wall you will require a sound barrier type of insulation combined with sound absorption such as our M20AD solution.  With the wall insulated with this system, you can expect a noise reduction through the wall of up to 11dB or 85%.  The same applies to reduction of airborne noise through floors and ceilings.  If you are converting a timber suspended floor into a separating floor for flats, you can expect the insulated floor to be well inside the current Building Regulation requirements for both impact and airborne noise.  On the other hand, if you do not want to undertake this level of sound insulation but are looking for an easier solution on just the floor surface, you can install our QuietFloor acoustic underlay beneath carpets and laminate floors.   This solution will not be as efficient but as the easiest option will give you an airborne insulation value of up to 43dB which is the equivalent of a 50% reduction in noise nuisance.  Further improvements can be gained if AMW100 acoustic mineral wool is installed between the floor joists and SBM5 soundproofing mat laid on top of the floor prior to installing the QuietBoard.

If, on the other hand you are suffering from a reverberation problem in a room or large hall our sound absorbing materials would be used.  These comprise Wallsorption, Artsorption and Photosorption panels for walls and Echosorption Plus acoustic tiles for ceilings.  Using these type of products can reduce the reverberation (echo) times from around 8 seconds down to less than 1 second.  An 8 second reverberation time is what would normally be expected in large, uninsulated rooms such as sports halls where speech is often unintelligible unless standing close to one another.

Q.  How much will it cost?

A.  This is a difficult question because it depends on the quantity and type of sound insulation required.  However, our staff are always available to discuss your requirements and can advise the current price to supply and deliver the best sound insulation for your project. 

Q.  Is there a minimum order requirement?

A.  No there isn't but there is a minimum carriage and packing charge.  It is also a false economy to limit the insulation required due to cost because this will almost certainly be at the detriment of the sound insulation required.  Depending on the noise problem that needs controlling there will be a minimum quantity necessary to achieve the best results so it always best to discuss these issues to ensure you get the best acoustical results.

Q.  How do I install and place the sound insulation?

A.  Installation instructions can be downloaded from this web site for most of our acoustic insulating materials.  In the case of soundproofing a wall it is normal to cover the entire wall surface to block the noise from the other side.  The same applies to floors and ceilings where a reduction in noise from the other side is required.  In all cases it is important that enough sound insulation is installed to get the best results.  If it is a reverberation problem it is not so important to insulate the entire wall surface and usually 50% of the wall surface when treated will give appreciable results.  In the case of ceilings it is usually more aesthetic to cover the entire area.  Reverberated sound is noise that is travelling faster than 700 mph and is bouncing off all of the hard surfaces in a room so it is important the correct insulation is chosen and installed in the best possible way to maximise the sound absorption.  In this way the acoustic insulation will act like the weeds surrounding a pond that absorb the energy from ripples and waves so they do not bounce back.  The insulation will absorb the sound waves in exactly the same way but the thickness of the insulation is also important to ensure that the most annoying frequencies are absorbed.

Our trained staff will be pleased to advise on the best insulation to use along with the amount necessary to obtain the best results in all cases so please telephone us and we will be glad to help.

Q.  What do I do next?

A.  By looking at this web site you are halfway to finding the solution to your noise problem.  Have a look at the range of sound insulation we can offer, decide which one will work best for you then give us a call.  We will need all of the relevant information to confirm a solution for you including all relevant dimensions.  Most of our products are stock items and orders received before noon are always sent the same day.  There is a choice of using our economy service which usually takes 3-4 days but is not guaranteed so could take a week, or our next day service for orders required urgently.  We can also deliver your order near a preferred time and Saturday mornings but all of these carry a surcharge.

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