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

Neighbor noise explained
Noise nuisance from (close) neighbors usually consists of a combination of contact noise and airborne noise. 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 nearest neighbors in your home as much as possible. If you live in an apartment building, keep in mind that contact noise and airborne noise can be spread through multiple walls and ceilings.

Isolate impact noise from the neighbors
Contact noise from your neighbors floor, such as walking noises or the sliding of chairs, can become audible because your floor and the partition wall are set in motion. This is especially the case in older homes, with wooden floors. We call this flanking sound, the intrusion of sound through multiple pathways. A floating floor at the source is the most efficient here.

In order to reduce the impact noise in your home as much as possible, it may be necessary to insulate the floor in addition to the dividing wall, especially in older homes with wooden floors. First start by insulating the partition wall, this is best done by providing the wall with a floating retaining wall, which you mount using Merfoflex Intermediate Rails. You then insulate the wall 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 the floor with Agglomer Vibration Insulation with a finishing layer to be taken care of yourself, such as a double gypsum fiber board. Insulating with our ready-made product Akoestifloor saves you time and labour! You can read how these products are applied on the product pages.

Isolating airborne noise from the neighbours
Airborne sound is the sound of a sound source, think of a device, speech sound or music. Sound is a movement in the air, in this case this movement is best insulated by providing the partition wall with the neighbors with a floating retaining wall. This wall must be mounted without making contact with the partition 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, Akoesti wool, 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. Try to find out where the sound penetrates, for example through shared floor or ceiling construction or foundation.

Below you will find the products for insulating walls and floors

  1. Isomat KE Fiber
    Isomat KE Fiber
    Sound-insulating mat
    • Heavy plastic ground plane
    • Sound insulating
    • Resistant to water, oil and many solvents and cleaning agents

    Starting at £27.00

    (incl. tax)

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