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Date: 24 August 2016

Sound insulation in your loft conversion

Converting your loft is the most cost-effective way to add extra living space to your home.

New rooms within the roof can benefit from sunlight for much of the day, make the most of any views, and can provide a really interesting space.

At the top of the house the roof space can be the ideal location for a new master bedroom, a home office or playroom. When you think about what your loft could be the possibilities are endless imagine waking up in a beautiful light and airy bedroom? Watching the kids run around in a bright new playroom? Or simply enjoying having a stunning new living room?

Things to consider

Typically your new living space will be located directly above your existing bedrooms so you need to consider how you are going to use this new space and check if those below are likely to be disturbed by noise coming from above, for example, if you intend to locate your kids into the loft conversion and your bedroom is beneath their new room.

Reducing noise

To comply with Building Regulations the floor is likely to require upgrading to meet the minimum standards for sound and fire. This presents the ideal opportunity to provide real sound separation by specifying an enhanced floor system to provide sound insulation performance that far exceeds the Building Regulations for sound. There are three Silent Floor options to consider:

  • Silent – Walking Surface a floating floor system within the room in the loft. This system is the ideal solution if you want to restrict any building work to the loft space
  • Silent – Additional Ceiling - a new independent ceiling that does not require the existing ceiling in the room below the loft to be removed. This system limits the building work necessary in the room below the loft but will result in a loss of floor to ceiling height
  • Silent Floor - Retrofit – if you are planning to remove the existing ceiling in the room below the loft as part of the project then this system represents a good choice. This system provides an acoustically resiliently mounted ceiling and limits any loss in floor to ceiling height in the room below the loft.

If your loft conversion is going to feature two new rooms then it also worth upgrading the wall separating the rooms to provide higher levels of sound insulation this can easily be achieved by specifying our Silent Wall system. 

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Our Sound Solutions can help bring harmony back to your home, so you can turn it up loud or enjoy a quiet night’s sleep without compromise.

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