We are currently looking to sound proof our floor against mainly airbourne noise. I've found a product called quiet floor, but its about £15 per square metre which is over my budget of £250 per room. Does anyone know of any similar products or ways that I can get the same level of sound protection for cheaper.
A much cheaper way of doing it is to make your own. Seriously - QuietFloor is basically 2 sheets of soundproofing mat with a foam core. What you can do is order some soundproofing mats (Custom Audio do the best UK price at the moment) and then buy some foam underlay - you can get Cloud 9, Duralay or Soft Step from Ebay or Tradeprice.co.uk very cheaply (£25 for 15 sq.m). Then you seal up any gaps in the floorboards with acoustic sealant and tape over them with PVC tape. Then lay down one layer of mats, sealing and taping the seams. Then put down the underlay, then another layer of mats on top. Presto - your own homemade QuietFloor which is a good deal cheaper than the brand name. Now all you do is put your carpet down.
After seeing bicpro.co.uk I took a look as I had a large loft studio room to sound insulate (approx 49sqm). I used the SBM5 matting from Bicester Products. Its about the same price as quietfloor all in you need to use several layers. I used 2 layers of matting, then underlay, then another layer of matting, then thick carpet.
I don't have a sound metre to test real-world results (but I might check db reduction including the floor at some point. However, the results so far are amazing. When I spoke to Bicester, they said you should see a result of 48-51dB from which is much better than QuietFloor and even QuietFloor+ which is significant more expensive.
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