Noise nuisance from your downstairs neighbours. What do I need?

Isolate neighbor noise
Noise nuisance from downstairs neighbors usually consists of airborne noise, sounds such as speech sounds. Isolating (neighbor) noise is most efficient on the side of the causer. Unfortunately, in most cases this is not possible. On this page we describe with which products you can reduce the nuisance of the neighbors below in your home as much as possible. If you live in an apartment building, keep in mind that both impact and airborne noise can be spread through multiple walls, floors and ceilings. We call this flanking noise.

Isolate impact noise from the neighbors
Contact noises from your downstairs neighbors are usually transmitted through the walls. In houses with thin, hollow or light concrete floors, these can also transmit impact noises. This happens anyway in older homes with wooden floors.

Start by insulating the walls, these are usually thinner and lighter than the load-bearing floor and therefore carry/distribute sound more easily. The best way to do this is to provide the walls with a floating retaining wall, such a wall is mounted using Merfoflex Intermediate Rails. You then insulate the walls against both contact and airborne noise. If there is still noise nuisance, it will most likely enter through your floor, so as flanking noise.

You can insulate a concrete supporting floor with Agglomer Vibration Insulation with a finishing layer to be provided yourself, for example a double gypsum fiber board (laid separately from the walls). Insulating with our ready-made product Akoestifloor is also possible and saves you time and labour! You can read how these products are applied on the product pages.

You can insulate a wooden floor with Isomat KE. This is a method in which the floor is provided with extra weight. The heavier the floor, the higher the insulation value. You will find an explanation and a step-by-step plan on our tips page “Sound insulation for wooden floors”.

Insolate airborne noise from the downstairs neighbors
Airborne sound, sounds from a sound source such as speech or music, is a movement in the air. Airborne noise can also reach you through the walls and/or the floor. The walls are best insulated by providing them with a floating retaining wall. You can create such a floating retaining wall using the resilient Merfoflex Intermediate Rails. Movement in the air is absorbed, as it were, in the filling of the wall and insulated by a double, maximum triple, plasterboard which is attached to the Merfoflex Intermediate Rails. On the product page you will find a manual for assembling Merfoflex.

What can I expect in terms of results?
The best result is achieved by using the heaviest or thickest variant of the aforementioned products. Before starting your job, research where the acoustic weak spots in your home are, for example a shaft with the down pipe, crosstalk of ventilation ducts, seams & cracks or doors that do not close properly or insulating.

Below you fill find the products for insulating walls and floors

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  1. Polypress | Vibration isolation
    Polypress
    Vibration insulation flake foam
    • Vibration-isolating foam
    • Decouples sound source
    • For floating floors

    Starting at £12.94

    (incl. tax)
  2. Polypress | Vibration isolation
    Polypress
    Vibration insulation flake foam
    • Vibration-isolating foam
    • Decouples sound source
    • For floating floors

    Starting at £12.94

    (incl. tax)
  3. Polypress | Vibration isolation
    Polypress
    Vibration insulation flake foam
    • Vibration-isolating foam
    • Decouples sound source
    • For floating floors

    Starting at £12.94

    (incl. tax)
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Sound insulation and acoustics in your home
More information about device insulation, door insulation, floor insulation and reducing reverberation in your home can be found on the page Sound insulation and acoustics in your home