Hi everyone, I have just found and joined this DIY community, so I'm really hoping I can gain lots of information and knowledge...I am a complete amateur!
I have recently moved into a new semi detached house and lots of things need doing, but I need to prioritise due to the cost of things.
Unfortunately, the walls are thinner than I had realised, and I can hear a lot of noise from the neighbours - talking, coughing...even the bathroom light switch!! So...I have decided I NEED soundproofing.
The rooms I am considering first are the living room and a bedroom, both rooms of which need replastering too. I am wanting a wood burner downstairs, and the bedroom has a fireplace which has been built up, and I want this knocked out again.
My questions are: - what kind of soundproofing will be required to stop this kind of noise coming through? - which tradesmen would do this kind of work?
You are best off contacting a specialist company that has experience with soundproofing and acoustics as they will know exactly what materials to use and how they should be used. We have a project page dedicated to soundproofing that can be found here: http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/projects/so ... e_home.htm The company that helped us produce the content, Custom Audio Designs are specialists in this field so it’s well worth contacting them for some specialist help and advice.
In essence, you will probably need to construct stud work over the walls that adjoint your neighbours property, but the studs will need isolating from the existing walls surface. In most cases, special metal bars are fixed between the new studs and the existing wall that will help to prevent sound traveling from one surface to the next.
Sound travels very well through solid surfaces, especially the lower frequencies.
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