Whether you’re planning on turning your loft conversion into an extra bedroom, an entertainment/leisure area or a home office, there are a number of structural considerations that must be made for the space to ensure that it can be enjoyed in the best way possible.
For example, installing sufficient insulation to stop heat from escaping during the winter and to reflect the summer sun will help to regulate the temperature (while saving you money!), and carefully planning the layout, lighting, storage and furniture items to go in your loft will maximise the available space.
However, something that often gets overlooked when it comes to creating a new room from your loft conversion is soundproofing. Nothing ruins a comfortable, peaceful atmosphere within a room more than the sound of busy roads or loud music from neighbouring rooms or next door.
Similarly, if you’re planning to use the space for noisy activities yourself, whether practicing a musical instrument or turning it into a workshop for DIY/construction projects, soundproofing the area will ensure that there’s no bad blood between you and neighbouring properties.
Soundproofing is not an overly invasive process, although it should be left to professionals where possible.
Passive Absorption Method
One effective way to soundproof your attic is to add stud walls. This will create a gap of about one inch between the stud and existing wall, similar to double-glazed windows, into which soundproofing materials can be installed. These can include mineral wool, acoustic foam and others designed to absorb sound.
Ensure that there is a clear gap between existing and stud wall and that no part of one touches the other to achieve maximum soundproofing. The extra layer provided by the stud wall, along with the absorbing qualities of the materials in the gap, will reduce the sound leaving and entering your loft room significantly.
To increase the efficacy of the sound absorbing materials, fitting soundproofing barriers reflects sound back and forth through the absorber. These barriers can take any form, so long as they are made from non-porous materials, so consider plasterboard or wood for your stud walls.
For more specific absorption needs, such as soundproofing a music studio, specially designed acoustic foam tiles can be applied to all surfaces to deaden the acoustics and prevent sound from traversing through walls and ceilings. These tiles are created in a way that encourages high quality acoustic performance, with an open cell structure.
Any loft windows, such as dormer or Velux windows, should be at least double glazed if they are to act as part of the sound (and heat) insulation setup of your conversion.
As one of the leading providers of loft conversions in the Croydon and wider London area, LMB Group have the experience necessary to provide all customers with the highest quality service from design to sign off. With a full 10 year guarantee and liability insurance, you can rest assured that you’re in the best hands possible with LMB. Get in touch today to find out more.