Sound Solutions for your Home

Improve your home’s sound insulation for everyday living

When upgrading your home or planning an extension you have the perfect opportunity to reduce any noise issue within your home.

These can be caused by one or more of the following factors:

– You have a low tolerance to noise coming from an adjacent room

– Noise levels in the adjacent room are excessive and are causing nuisance

– The standard of construction

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Improving the building fabric can work but you should also consider your other options

– If you have recently moved into a newly built property and you suspect the construction is under-performing, you can have the property tested and potentially take legal action against the developer to improve the situation.

British Gypsum can conduct testing for you through its UKAS accredited test house if required.

– If you are being disturbed by noisy neighbours your local council’s environmental health department will be able to provide advice and assistance.

Diagnosis of noise problems

For sound breaking through into a room from an adjacent space, you can undertake a simple listening exercise to see how the noise is being transmitted. The best way of doing this is to play continuous loud music in one room and listen in the next.

Place your ear directly onto the wall and ceiling surfaces to establish which surfaces are transmitting the most sound. It’s possible that the noise is coming through both the floor and walls, therefore multiple treatments may be needed.

Don’t worry if you’re not sure of where the sound is coming from, our expert installers will conduct a thorough acoustic test to diagnose your problem.

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Diagnosis of noise problems

Here are three solutions to the problem

Your solution is driven by the ability to access the floor to conduct building work and the source of noise that is disturbing you.

If you are being disturbed by people walking around upstairs then the easiest solution is to treat the walking surface and this could be as simple as laying down a carpet on a high quality underlay. If the upper room has hard wood flooring then always give this a try before conducting disruptive building work.

If you are being disturbed by noises such as TV, music and conversation then a carpet will not solve your problem and you should consider one of the treatments outlined in this section.

The floor can be treated from above or below depending on your access possibilities and how much disruption you are happy with.

The solutions presented below are advisory, however our expert installers will determine the most suitable treatment for you.

Noise coming through floors?

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System Room where work is to be conducted
1 Silent – Walking Surface Upper room
2 Silent – Additional Ceiling From below
3 Silent Floor – Retrofit From below

Carpet is recommended in all situations where there is impact noise disturbance from the room above and when the floor currently has no carpet on the walking surface.

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Building a GypFloor SILENT walking surface

For situations where you have access from above. A low profile 7mm floating floor system is ideal when you cannot afford to lose height from your rooms. This system requires lifting the walking surface, installing the floor components over the joists and then re-laying a new walking surface. The system works by isolating the walking surface from the floor structure and by adding mass to the walking surface.


Once you’ve made contact with your chosen independent installer, they will arrange a convenient time to visit you at home and assess your sound issues. They will then be able to recommend the best solution available for your home and give you a quotation.

Once you have decided to progress with the installation, the installer will guide you through the installation process.

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Silent - Walking Surface
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