The inhabitants of all types of multi-family buildings complain about problems with acoustics. Here’s what to do to make nuisance sounds not interfere with everyday functioning.
Soundproof cladding the best solution
A flat in a block of flats or a multi-family home has its own advantages as well as disadvantages. The noise is considered to be the most burdensome, undisputed disadvantage of multi-family buildings. Appropriate sound insulation will help to dampen the apartment from the sounds coming from other flats on the one hand, while on the other hand it will reduce the noise coming from our apartment.
The best effect is achieved by soundproofing ceilings, walls and floors. The walls should suppress not only the flow of air sounds, but above all the flow of impact sounds, such as vibrations from ceilings, floors and neighboring walls.
A good way to silence the room is a suspended ceiling made of plasterboard, which will suppress the sounds coming from above, also absorb those inside the room. To fulfill its function, the space between the actual and suspended ceilings should be filled with insulating material. The higher the thickness and density of the insulator, the better the efficiency. Currently, many types of soundproofing materials are available: mineral wool, mats, foams or synthetic rubber.
What soundproof cladding do multi-family houses need?
The most important issue is the professional installation of insulation. The sounds are transferred not only directly through the insulating screen, but also peripherally, through the places where the profiles are fixed to the walls. The final effect depends on the properly twisted construction and the correct sealing of the contacts. A common mistake in the implementation is the use of any kind of substitutes or soundproofing only one wall.
A very popular material, which is used as a sound insulating cladding, is GRC concrete. Its big advantage is not only acoustic insulation, but also lightness and increased load capacity (it is very important when creating complex and large architectural elements). The use of admixtures of mineral fibers means that concrete does not lose its ecological properties.