Sound Insulation Testing

The purpose of sound testing is to make sure your setup has acceptable level of impact and airborne sound insulation based on the building regulations in your area. You may have to meet the requirements in order to make sure that your building is totally compliant. Let’s know more about it.

What is tested?

The number of floors and walls that are going to be tested depends on the type and quality of the building in addition to the construction method. As a matter of fact, the number of tests change based upon the number of buildings as well as the quality of the buildings.

Is your building ready?

Before you hire a sound testing service, we suggest that you make sure that your building is ready for the performance test. In other words, the doors and windows should be installed and closed. The ventilation systems should also be properly installed. Apart from this, the light switches, sockets and skirting boards should also be in place.

Sound testing cost

Most providers offer valuable services for the fees paid. You may want to look for a service provider who gives importance to their clients. The “site fee” includes the reporting, equipment and engineer’s fees. Usually, each of the tests is charged separately in order to cut down on your expenses. Moreover, for bulk testing, you can get special discounts. So, the cost will vary on the basis of the number of rooms that you want to get tested.

Failed tests

If a test fails, the company may offer a free of charge re-test or design service. It’s important to keep in mind that the engineer may let you know if the test is going to fail. In fact, the tests fail rarely. Experienced acoustic consultants review the buildings and give advice on inexpensive solution so you can achieve the highest standard. Remember: remedial works may cost you a lot of money. Therefore, you may want to get the work done well in first attempt.

Airborne testing

The purpose of an airborne test is to measure the resistance that the sound goes through when passing through a floor or wall. Actually, it uses an omni loudspeaker which is put on a side of the wall or floor. This system produces pink noise.

Impact Testing

This is another common type of sound testing. In the impact testing, the tests are done with a tapping machine that looks like a football. And this machine is rested on the top of the rooms and the noise is measured. Then the level measured is corrected based on the reverberation time of the noise in the background as well as the time. This gives an accurate result of the impact sound insulation.