The recommendation would be to insulate the cavity of the stud wall with acoustic mineral wool prior to soundproofing the wall. This acoustic insulation stops the sound from amplifying and resonating inside the sealed cavity.

Learn more: Acoustic mineral wool and soundproofing

The best way to soundproof a stud wall follows four main principles:

  1. Increase the mass of the existing wall. The heavier and more dense the wall is, the harder it is for airborne 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
  2. Add resilience to the wall. Soundproofing needs to be able to flex to dampen and absorb sound vibrations
  3. Decouple the soundproofing from the structure. Sound energy can travel more easily through connected surfaces and decoupling from the original structure (using a system like the ReductoClip Direct to Stud Wall System) greatly increases the sound reduction performance 

Learn more: How to soundproof a stud wall

Learn more: The best way to soundproof a stud wall

4. Insulate the cavity with acoustic mineral wool. When a wall is hollow inside, it becomes a sealed cavity. Adding mineral wool to the cavity stops the sound from amplifying and resonating inside

Learn more: Acoustic mineral wool and soundproofing

All of our wall soundproofing systems will reduce noise and are designed to exceed the UK Part E Building Regulations for the passage of sound (43dB reduction) and go up to 65dB reduction with our highest performing ReductoClip Independent Wall System

Installing soundproofing will dramatically reduce noisy neighbour noise through a wall. However, it is important to use the correct soundproofing solution for your individual noise issue.

dB results will vary depending on several factors.

Learn more: Why dB results may vary

All our wall soundproofing solutions have a 15mm acoustic grade plasterboard finish, so standard plasterboard decorating techniques apply. To decorate plasterboard, we normally recommend a skim plaster on top of the plasterboard to cover joins and screw holes, which helps to provide a flat even finish that you can paint directly onto.

If using wallpaper use a heavy-duty dry lining wallpaper first and then your final wallpaper finish.

Our soundproofing solutions can all be installed by a competent DIYer and over 80% of customers install the systems themselves. For those that don't, then a local tradesperson will have no difficulty installing our solutions. We supply detailed installation instructions and videos and are only ever a phone call away should you have any questions (01423) 206208.

Learn more: Installation