There are building regulations to adhere to with regard to the passage of sound between walls and indeed floors on apartment buildings. There are regulations regarding party walls between townhouses and semidetached houses.
These regulations work and can only be improved but it would seem to be that we forget about acoustics within buildings and rooms in houses comprising single family occupancy.
With the advent of modern styling incorporating hard surfaces on walls and floors the reverberative (echo) element within these rooms is high, bathrooms have always been renowned for being highly reverberative which is why our singing sounds so much better in that particular room!!!! However these rooms with hard surfaces are not good for conversation when there are more than 2 people in the room.
Children’s bedrooms cause problems with footfall and general banging noise transferring through to lounge and dining areas.
There are various simple measures that can be taken to improve acoustics within the dwelling.
In bathrooms a favourite picture or mural can be printed or laminated to an acoustic panel offering an absorptive element to the room thus shortening the sound waves and reducing the echo.
Acoustic coving can be fitted to rooms to add absorbency. Rooms where loud music is listened to can be transformed by the addition of bass traps and acoustic tiles, these can be shaped or profiled to add design and colour to the room.
Footfall noise is particularly annoying and would seem that the person making the noise is doing a clog dance instead of just walking to the bathroom. Modern wooden floors or tiles have a thin layer of foam placed underneath, but by investing in a better grade foam underlay or a laminate of foam and polymeric barrier a drastic improvement can be achieved.
In apartments the use of a washing machine and subsequent vibration when on the spin cycle is on can cause noise pollution to the occupants below and also vibration transmission via connecting cupboards causes undue noise within the same dwelling. This can easily be reduced by the use of a kit comprising special pads under the machine and a thin self-adhesive foam pad between the machine and the cupboard can make a significant reduction in the generated vibratory noise.
Internal acoustic treatment can radically improve the comfort levels within a dwelling and also reduce nuisance noise to neighbours. The introduction of acoustically efficient elements within a dwelling can enhance and incorporate modern design to the room.
We would be delighted to offer any advice on acoustics. Please contact us for further information or visit our website at www.acoustafoam.com. All of our products are manufactured in the UK to the highest standards – Sandra fixter