Soundproofer Portishead Somerset (BS20): If the level of noise is a problem in your Portishead home then it may be time to think about installing soundproofing to make your bedroom, living room, studio or home office a haven of peace and quiet from the outside world. Alternatively you may want to soundproof an individual room to keep noise in, for instance in a home cinema or family room, so that others aren't disturbed. No matter which soundproofing requirements are needed, it's vital for you and your neighbour's peace of mind and sanity.
First of all we should understand just how sound travels before we are able to identify ways to combat any excessive noise escaping from or intruding into your home.
Sound is able to move in two different ways:
1. By vibration of solid materials and objects.
2. In open spaces by movement of air.
As whale and dolphin songs can show, sound also travels through water, however unless your aim is to soundproof a swimming pool or aquarium we will just look at the techniques of soundproofing rooms and structures.
SOUND TRAVELLING THROUGH THE AIR
Significant levels of sound can be transferred into and out of a room through gaps around doors, single glazed windows, heating ducts and even electrical switches and sockets. What we hear as sound is actually air molucules being vibrated and being picked up by our ear drum. All sounds travel through the air in this same way; it matters not if it's kids playing, machinery, aircraft, music playing or traffic that produces the sound.
Any openings within the room can be considered to be leaks and will need to be closed off.
SOUND TRAVELLING THROUGH OBJECTS AND STRUCTURES
If sound moves through the air by vibration, then it makes perfect sense that this vibration can be reflected by, absorbed by or transferred to various materials. Sound can be transmitted around a building from its source through the vibration of floors, ceilings and walls. Even a room made of solid concrete, such as a cellar, can create a resonance path which transmits any sound waves, and even amplify them, to other parts of a structure.
So, how can we stop this sound transference having a detrimental impact on other people? Soundproofing of course.
BASIC STEPS IN SOUNDPROOFING
If you've got bare floor surfaces or floorboards, think about putting down a few rugs or cover with a carpet to help reduce any vibrations and sound reflections. Not only will such a simple and straightforward solution help to reduce your noise problem, it can also jazz up the room. Wall coverings or window drapes can also be used to enhance soundproofing and are simple to fit and maintain.
Locating and plugging any holes or gaps around the rooms, think light fittings, windows, door frames and electrical sockets, is also a simple job for a competent DIY enthusiast. There are unique acoustic sealants available on the market that absorb the sound waves, and do not transmit them to the surrounding materials. They are a tad more pricey than standard plaster or sealants, but they are worth the cost for their soundproofing efficiency.
If your room is an empty canvas and you're doing the soundproofing while you renovate or decorate, look at installing a layer of plasterboard or soundboard, (also called drywall, gypsum board or sheet rock). Plasterboard is a fairly dense material that is both economical and efficient for soundproofing purposes. It's terrific for areas such as home cinemas, home offices or music studios which are being built within a property. If you do decide on plasterboard to aid your soundproofing it is wise to bring in a professional fitter in Portishead, to gain the maximum possible effect from its installation.
Lastly you should check all doors in the room you're planning to soundproof. Hollow doors are a comparatively cheap option although their soundproofing capabilities are far from ideal. Solid core doors, whilst a little bit more expensive, can have a significant effect on the soundproofing capabilities of a room.
PROFESSIONAL SOUNDPROOFING PORTISHEAD
If the level of sound is extreme in your location, because of traffic noise from a busy road nearby, or aircraft flying over for instance, then more serious methods to reduce the excess noise may have to be explored. This is an instance when using the services of an experienced soundproofing service will bring the best results.
The first questions you should be asked are:
- How big is the space that you wish to be soundproofed?
- What are the particular noises that need to soundproofed? i.e. Is it external noises such as street noise, noisy neighbours, overflying aircraft etc, or is it from inside your house such as a home cinema or music room.
- What room requires soundproofing? i.e. Is it a brick walled room, a concrete lined basement, a plasterboard partition room or an attic conversion.
- Where is the majority of the noise emanating from? The ceiling, floors, doors, windows or walls.
Your answers to such questions will allow you to receive price quotes for the different solutions available that match your requirements. They'll offer you different strategies for soundproofing each of the trouble spots within your home.
PROFESSIONAL SOUNDPROOFING OF WALLS, FLOORS and CEILINGS
To soundproof any type of room requires 2 key components:
- Maximise sound absorption.
- Cut down on the ways that sound is reflected off and transmitted through hard surfaces.
Doing this requires a site survey to ascertain precisely what areas need enhancing from the current state.
The installer will look at ways to add materials that have different masses and densities to maximise the sound absorption capabilities of the room. Soundproofing will be boosted by the installation of acoustic rubber, foam and other materials which absorbs soundwaves and enhances and a room's sound quality.
Voids between floor joists might require insulation to remove the resonating space between them. Floor and ceiling voids and cavities in walls can all be likened to a drum, where the space inside acts as an amplifying area for any unwanted sounds.
Soundproofing qualities are improved if different densities and materials are utilised, rather than installing only one form of material. The different materials will eliminate different sound frequencies and deliver a more sympathetic feeling and auditory experience to a room.
Part E of the Building Regulations cover the soundproofing of domestic properties, and will have to be followed by any soundproofing firm in Portishead. This regulation has the purpose of protecting neighbours and other residents in the area from the impact of noise pollution.
The Institute of Acoustics and the Association of Noise Consultants are recognised trade organisations who provide qualifications and training, and represent the very best in contractors and companies who provide soundproofing services. An experienced soundproofing specialist in Portishead will have been vetted for the professionalism and quality of their workmanship to have been accepted as a member of these organisations.
Where is Soundproofing Available?
Soundproofing is available in Portishead and also in: Clifton, Nailsea, Portbury, Avonmouth, Clapton-in-Gordano, Clevedon, Shirehampton, Easton-in-Gordano, Walton Bay, Weston-in-Gordano, Sheepway, West Hill, Wraxall, Redcliff Bay, Tickenham, and in these postcodes BS20 6AE, BS20 6DW, BS20 1AP, BS20 6BP, BS20 6LZ, BS20 6DL, BS20 6JB, BS20 6NE, BS20 6BA, BS20 6RE. Locally based Portishead soundproofing specialists will likely have the postcode BS20 and the phone code 01275. Click on the "quote" banner to get information on soundproofing in your location.
Searching Online For a Soundproofer
Simply "Googling it" seems to be the way in which most home owners in Portishead hunt for all sorts of tradesmen and services in this day and age. Instantaneous and pertinent results are the reward of using Ask, Bing, Yahoo or Google, which exist for this precise role. On the surface it may appear that the results displayed on the 1st page are precisely what the doctor ordered, but that is not invariably the case. Keying in "Portishead soundproofing", "soundproofing near me", "soundproofing in Portishead" or "soundproofing Portishead" will usually be the course of action to follow when hunting for soundproofing specialists in Portishead.
Nevertheless, you'll soon come to realise that a large percentage of the page 1 listings on these search engines will either be listings from corporate lead generating sites such as Rated People, Checkatrade, Local Heroes, My Hammer, Quotatis or TrustaTrader, internet directories like Yelp, Yell, Free Index or 3 Best Rated, or "pay per click" adverts that Google or whoever has inserted there. The sites applying to real soundproofing companies in the area will likely be positioned a good deal further down the search engine results - on page two or three maybe.
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Householders who live in the following streets and areas have just recently requested soundproofing - The Downs, Kingsway, Briary Road, Holmlea, Weston Wood Road, Heron Gardens, South Avenue, Oak Drive, Bladen Close, Gor Dano View, Lake Road, Pennant Place, Brampton Way, Wyndham Way, Chesle Close, Gaunts Close, Watch House Place, Branscombe Walk, Underwood Road, Glenwood Rise, Newhaven Road, Meadows Close, Ridge Close, Orchard Close, Polden Road, Battery Road, Beach Road West, Dandy's Meadow, Queen's Avenue, Finisterre Parade, as well as the following Portishead area postcodes: BS20 6AE, BS20 6DW, BS20 1AP, BS20 6BP, BS20 6LZ, BS20 6DL, BS20 6JB, BS20 6NE, BS20 6BA, BS20 6RE.
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