Fitting soundproofing is less difficult than you may think, and if the instructions are followed then any non specialist can fit our materials. Many customers will choose the DIY route.
However if you would prefer an experienced tradesman do the work, we recommend these regional experts:
In the wider London area we have a number of approved fitters; call us on 020 3962 1193 and we will put you in contact with the most suited to your location and project, or speak to our fitting partners SoundproofingUK direct on 01737 373463 or visit their website.
In the Bristol and South-west England area we can recommend Bristol Soundproofing on 01174 624444.
In Newcastle and the North East we recommend DHP Soundproofing on 07944185524.
Tips for using checkatrade
Under Trade just insert "builder" Then choose from the list. Almost all builders will have the skill set to carry out soundproofing, although you will find some builders specify this as a specific skill.
Tips for using RatedPeople.com
The website has a longer questionnaire aimed at matching you up with a fitter. We suggest you follow the model answers provided at the bottom of this page. Both sites will introduce you to trusted local tradesmen who can give free quotations.
You can gauge a lot from just a quick chat on the phone with someone. The conversation you are likely to have will go something like this:
“Hello I am phoning to see if you could give me a quote to do some soundproofing in my home. I know what i want done and have fitting instructions to hand...." ( then you can quote from the relevant page or even email them a copy of the fitting instructions)
We would advise you to get a minimum of three quotes. Any recommended trades person should be happy to come to your property to give you a free quote. We are happy to chat to builders if they feel unsure about any aspect of the job.
Don’t necessarily go with the first builder, but the one who you feel most comfortable with. Checkatrade and Rated People have a fairly strong standards policy. There a lot of good, competent and highly recommended builders out there!
Things to avoid
Many builders, however experienced, may not have soundproofed a property before. They might be unfamiliar with some of the component parts. It is important that anyone quoting doesn't try to offer an alternative system, cut corners, or feel that some components we provide are not necessary. All the systems we offer are straightforward to fit and are effective if the instructions are followed. When things are left out the soundproofing will be less effective. Builders should be comfortable with your instructions as the client and with our web site instructions.
How long should the job take and how much should it cost? This is a very tricky question. As every house is unique and can bring different problems. There is a good guide to the cost of building work here, and Rated People also have their own guide. In general many of our soundproofing jobs are straightforward often with just specialist materials which are not tricky for a builder to install.
Obviously the size of the job will affect the price and different on site issues will affect pricing but at least you will have a ball park figure. Remember getting thee quotes will let you assess if the price feels right.
However as a rough guide a bedroom ceiling should take two people no more than a couple of days (three if a bigger room). This is without plastering or electrical work (often as simple as pulling a ceiling rose light through the new ceiling
Floors can be time consuming if raising old floor boards and in filling with mineral wool. Again a bedroom floor, two people two to three days. Simple things like adding Tecsound and Isosonic mats can be a one man job completed in a day.
Soundstop panels – A bedroom wall can be done in a day by two. An SM20 wall two days tops. Other solutions involving stud walls can be a bit more time consuming.