When it comes to soundproofing there are a lot of systems on the market that offer a means to reduce the transmission of sound between rooms. The most popular means is by building a room within a room with the use of resilient bars. Resilient bars are a thin vibration absorbing steel channel used on timber studs for walls and fixed beneath timber joists for ceilings. This allows the new wall or ceiling to be de-coupled from the main structure reducing vibration and impact noise. However the drawback with regular resilient bar systems is that due to its design it is not able to support the weight of heavy soundproofing mat or acoustic plasterboard. Because only one side of the resilient bar is supported its weight tolerances are limited.
However there is a solution to this problem and the solution can be found with the SoundSense Isolation System.
The Advanced Acoustics SoundSense Isolation System is a simple, effective, fool-proof and strong high performing sound reduction system designed to isolate walls and ceilings. The system is simple to install and so installation costs are kept low. It is an effective system as it offers increased performance on traditional resilient bar systems. It is fool-proof because the system comprises of two parts as opposed to multi-part systems making installation even simpler. It is a strong system as it offers superior load bearing capabilities as opposed to some other resilient bar systems.
SoundSense is an acoustic resilient bar isolation system for walls and ceilings that completely de-couples the wall lining and so effectively giving a ‘room within a room’ concept that is often referred to by acoustic consultants. It dramatically reduces both airborne and impact noise transfer between adjacent rooms.
The system has been designed to be flexible, simple and easy to install. It is a 2 part system as opposed to some of the more complex multi-part systems often used where acoustic isolation/de-coupling is required. Designers wanting low-cost, space saving walls that provide superior nose control employ the Advanced Acoustics SoundSense Isolation System.
The SoundSense Isolation System is appropriate for all building types from residential properties to large commercial developments and is equally suited for both new build and refurbishment. It is also suitable for fitting onto timber and metal studs, concrete soffits and timber joists for ceilings.
This two part resilient bar system consists of SoundSense Isolation Clip and SoundSense Isolation Bar. The damping clips ensure total isolation but also as they are fixed from both sides they ensure a much better load bearing capacity than most standard systems.
Traditional resilient bar systems provide acoustic isolation for plasterboard walls and ceilings by use of a vibration absorbing steel channel which is fixed onto timber studs and onto timber ceiling joists. Typically these systems are fixed along one edge allowing the other free edge to flex and so absorb sound or vibrations. Resilient bars attempt to create an acoustic break between floor joist and the plasterboard ceiling or the timber wall studding and the plasterboard. In order to operate correctly these steel channels need to be highly flexible; if they are rigid they will not dampen the vibrations caused by sound. This requirement for flexibility has a direct effect on their load bearing capabilities. Furthermore by being fixed on one side they are not completely isolated from the studwork or joists.
In comparison the SoundSense Isolation Clip is a rubber clip meaning the SoundSense Isolation Bar is not physically attached to the timber studwork, ceiling joists or masonry. This means that isolation is vastly improved. Also because the clip is fixed at the top and the bottom the system can withstand greater loads providing peace of mind for developers and dwellers.