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Soundproofing - ceiling

So i'm in a victorian house - that the upper floor which might well have just been the loft now houses people. And knowing how much of a gap are in my floor boards in the floor below - there is no wonder I can hear. everything. The landlord says he's put extra chipboard down , but no acoustic foam. So I have to sort it from my end. So what is the best way to try and solve it? And how much of my ceiling height am I going to loose? Level you can hear clearly: Talking, music , walking. I've only really worked on walls with iso bars etc,so any thoughts are welcome! Thank for your time !

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Hi laura. My name is Chris and i have been in the construction industry for 40 years, starting offas a carpenter and then moving onto project management. From your message i gather that you live in a flat and the noise is from above due to a rental being put in place above you. There are many things that can be done to stop transfer of sound but also the builder/ developer should have complied with the latest sound regs at the point the they converted the area above you. Its a long winded answer but if you would to discuss it further then i would be happy to chat with you and give you some free advice.


Answered 19th Jul 2023

You can fit 'acoustic panels to the underside of your existing ceiling, these are 22mm thick and can be screwed to the rafters/joists, as long as you can locate them. If you ceiling is plasterboard you can buy a joist finder, they're not too expensive to help you find the fixing points, just be aware of cables & any pipes that might be hidden. Buy your panels in 1200mm x 1200mm so they are easier to handle.


Answered 1st Sep 2022

Expect to loose around 120mm in height.

You (or the trade) can use reductoclips (google this) and in combination with sound insulation, soundboard (2 layers) membrane) , you should be good to go.

Extra layer of chipboard doesn't do jack, unless they've at least placed a dense membrane in between which I doubt.

Best of luck


Answered 25th Sep 2022

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