Does soundproofing a ceiling work?The Soundproof Store
The ReductoClip ceiling soundproofing solution is designed to exceed the UK Part E Building Regulations for the passage of sound. (43dB or higher for airborne noise and 64dB or lower for impact noise).
Soundproofing a ceiling will reduce the noise from noisy neighbours (e.g. heavy footsteps and loud airborne noise).
*dB results will vary depending on several factors.
Learn more: Why dB results may vary
What is the best way to soundproof a ceiling?The Soundproof Store
The best way to soundproof a ceiling follows three main principles:
- Improve the mass of the ceiling. The heavier and more dense the ceiling is, the harder it is for sound to pass through it. Use different high density materials, as different materials are better at blocking different sound frequencies. It is the law of diminishing returns if simply using more of the same material
- Use high impact clips and bars such as the ReductoClip and Furring Bar System which help to absorb sound energy and vibration. Without this the addition of mass will have very little effect on impact noise
- Fill all cavities between joists with acoustic mineral wool. For concrete ceilings use acoustic mineral wool between the concrete ceiling and the first layer of acoustic plasterboard. This will prevent sound resonating and amplifying in this sealed chamber
Learn more: How to soundproof a ceiling
How much space is lost from the ceiling height?The Soundproof Store
The ReductoClip ceiling system is the thinnest clip system on the market, with minimal space loss.
The system is only a 60mm build up from the bottom of the timber joist to the final layer of plasterboard.
What lights can be fitted after soundproofing a ceiling?The Soundproof Store
Cutting holes into soundproofing is always going to create a weakness. Therefore, recessed lighting isn't advisable. Ideally slim LED surface mounted spotlights, or single pendant lighting fixed onto the ceiling is the preferred option over and above lighting inside of the ceiling.
Is it better to soundproof the floor above, or the ceiling?The Soundproof Store
If possible, the recommendation would be to soundproof the floor above against impact noise (e.g. footsteps). Absorbing impact noise at source (before it enters the structure) is preferable.
Do I need to remove my existing ceiling?The Soundproof Store
The recommendation would be to remove the existing plasterboard, so it doesn't create a void for any sound to become trapped and resonate inside (the drum effect).
If the ceiling is lathe and plaster, it is also recommended to remove this, expose the cavities between the joists and add acoustic mineral wool within this space.