Controlling Impact and Airborne Sound

TVS is a national supplier and installer of acoustic floors to cinemas, bowling alleys, theatres, health clubs and gyms. TVS Acoustics work closely with architects, installers, engineers, construction companies and facility managers in order to provide the very best acoustics products.

Both Impact and Airborne sound can be controlled using a variety of specialist noise reduction products. TVS offers a full range of resilient materials to reduce the impact sound transmission between floors, as well as full range of mass loaded systems to reduce the airborne sound transmission.

These solutions include under screed insulation materials, acoustic floating floors and acoustic underlay and underscreed materials. Our technical team can provide specification support and guidance over the suitability of different types of acoustic floor solutions for specific noise and vibration control applications.

TVS can also offer a range of assistance and suitable products if you are building to a robust detail specification, looking for additional BREEAM credits, or wanting help achieving a Level 6 rating in the Code for Sustainable Homes assessment.

Applications:

  • Plant Rooms
  • Helipads
  • Night Clubs
  • Hotels
  • Apartments
  • Hospitals
  • Anechoic Chambers

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How To Choose The Best Acoustic Floors?

When choosing a flooring for your commercial building, you should be choosing an acoustic flooring material that will effectively reduce noise levels. Acoustic flooring helps isolate the sound from the structure of the building, and it is particularly important for gyms, cinemas, bowling alleys and dance studios. However, if you’re indecisive, here are some guidelines to help you make an informed decision.

Acoustic Flooring For Dance Studios

Most dance studios use a heavy PVC vinyl sheeting which is sound insulating. However, the flooring in a dance studio must be resistant to impact sound from the dancers. Regardless of the type of material used, it must be durable and resistant. Something to consider:

During the design process, consider how to reduce the amount of extraneous noise. This could include sounds from adjacent rooms, as well as noise generated by the HVAC system. You don’t want this to happen in your dance studio because it can cost you money to remedy later on. You also want to choose a room finish that absorbs sound. It’s best to pick a durable, impact-resistant material, and one that is out of reach of the dancers.

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Acoustic Flooring For Gyms

When installing a new fitness center or home gym, there are several important design considerations that must be taken. A gym’s floor must be soundproofed – many designers forget to include this element in their plans. After all, people who work out will be creating lots of noise, especially on a treadmill. And once you’ve installed the floor, you have to make sure that the sound doesn’t transfer to the adjacent space.

Contact us on 01706 260 220 to discuss your requirements and different ratings that impact the amount of airborne noise or how well the floor will absorb vibrations.

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Acoustic Flooring For Cinemas

Cinemas are high-traffic areas where sound from the audience can cross over to other rooms. Using the right acoustic flooring helps cinemas achieve high performance sound reduction standards. To achieve this level, cinemas should install high-quality TVS Specialist Isolators. Floating floors can also benefit from rubber or spring isolators. These products can reduce natural frequencies to less than 5 Hz and decrease reverberation.

Acoustic floors are used for a variety of uses, including the movie theatre, boardroom, and other public areas. They can be installed by installers or by contractors. In a cinema, they can reduce noise, enhance comfort, and improve viewing quality. Acoustic floors can be designed to fit the space, and they are usually very affordable. TVS Acoustics has experience in manufacturing and installing acoustic floors for a variety of purposes.

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Acoustic Flooring For Recording Studios

Recording studios have specialised acoustic requirements to absorb and reverberate sound in different zones. While walls absorb sound, floors are dense and reflective to reverberate sound and enhance its transitional qualities.

We must first consider the desired sound effect when specifying acoustic flooring for recording studios. Should the sound be organic and soft or direct and bold? For example, concrete offers a direct transition, while hardwood is softer. The flooring should be hard and smooth in any case to reflect sound waves.

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Acoustic Flooring For Bowling Alleys

When designing the flooring for bowling alleys, you need to consider the acoustic requirements of the venue. A floating floor system is a good option for an alley because it offers a good amount of isolation in addition to being a safe running surface for customers.

A typical bowling alley produces many types of noise. The noise generated by a bowling alley will also depend on the surrounding structures, such as a main building, the walls and ceiling. In addition, the noise generated by a bowling alley is typically impulsive, so you’ll need to consider construction methods and acoustic solutions that take into account this.

Contact us on 01706 260 220 to discuss your requirements and different ratings that impact the amount of airborne noise or how well the floor will absorb vibrations.

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Acoustic Flooring For Hotels

The importance of proper acoustic flooring for hotels cannot be overstated. Hotels, especially luxury ones, must limit noise transmission to the rooms. The lower the noise level, the better. Hotels must also ensure that floors are easy to clean. Listed below are some important factors to consider when installing acoustic flooring for hotels.

First of all, the flooring should be installed on concrete subfloors, which prevent sound from transferring to other levels of the building. In older hotels, wood or plywood floors are common. If this is the case, installing luxury vinyl tile or hardwood flooring won’t dampen the sound. Additionally, flooring that sits on top of creaking floors will only make matters worse. Noise can also be exacerbated if the floor moves.

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Acoustic Flooring For Theatres And Concert Halls

Theaters are vast open spaces, and the acoustical materials used in them play a significant role in enhancing sight and sound. Often, movie theatres have jet black ceilings, which makes use of acoustic ceiling tiles with excellent absorption properties. These ceiling tiles also reduce reflections and excessive room reverberations. Here are some tips for choosing the best theatre flooring:

Wood and laminate floors are generally less reflective than other materials, but wood and laminate floors are slow to decay sound. Carpeting helps eliminate reverberation, and it’s easier to control the room’s ambience by placing area rugs. Acoustic tile is another solution for deadening sound, but it will cost more and may not give you the look you’re after. Acoustic tile also makes the room look better, so make sure to choose a color that matches your interior design scheme.

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Acoustic Flooring For Hospitals

Hospitals need acoustic flooring to manage noise levels from heavy footfall, trolleys and beds. Hard flooring is easy to keep clean but also notoriously poor at dampening sound, creating noisy corridors and rooms that impact patient comfort.

The right flooring can significantly reduce noise levels in hospitals and control vibration without compromising durability and sanitation.

The wrong hospital floor can raise noise levels, with shoes, wheelchairs, beds, trolleys and hospital equipment creating a wall of noise.

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Acoustic Flooring Advantages

Acoustic flooring offers several advantages, making it a popular choice for various commercial and residential applications where noise reduction, comfort, and safety are important considerations. Here are the key advantages of acoustic flooring:

  1. Noise Reduction:

    • One of the primary benefits of acoustic flooring is its ability to reduce noise and sound transmission. It effectively absorbs and dampens impact noise, footsteps, and other sounds, creating a quieter environment. This is especially valuable in multi-story buildings, apartments, offices, and gyms, where noise control is essential.
  2. Improved Acoustics:

    • Acoustic flooring helps improve the acoustics of a room or space by minimizing sound reverberation and echoing. This is particularly important in commercial settings, such as theaters, concert halls, and classrooms, where clear and controlled sound is necessary.
  3. Shock Absorption:

    • Acoustic flooring is designed to provide shock absorption, making it a safer option for spaces where falls or impacts are common. It helps reduce the risk of injuries in areas like gyms, playgrounds, and sports facilities by cushioning falls and reducing the force of impact.
  4. Comfort and Ergonomics:

    • Acoustic flooring enhances comfort for occupants by providing a cushioned and supportive surface to walk, stand, or sit on. This can reduce fatigue and discomfort in environments where people spend extended periods on their feet, such as offices and retail spaces.
  5. Durability:

    • Many acoustic flooring materials are engineered for durability and longevity. They can withstand heavy foot traffic, the movement of furniture, and the wear and tear associated with daily use. This makes them a cost-effective long-term flooring solution.
  6. Easy Maintenance:

    • Acoustic flooring is generally easy to clean and maintain. Most options are resistant to stains, moisture, and odors, making them suitable for areas prone to spills or accidents.
  7. Anti-Slip Properties:

    • Many types of acoustic flooring are designed to be slip-resistant, providing a safer walking surface, especially in wet or high-traffic areas. This is crucial for maintaining safety in commercial kitchens, bathrooms, and entryways.
  8. Design Versatility:

    • Acoustic flooring comes in various styles, colors, and patterns, allowing for design flexibility. Whether you’re looking for a sleek, modern appearance or a more traditional aesthetic, you can find acoustic flooring options to complement your space.
  9. Energy Efficiency:

    • Certain acoustic flooring materials have insulating properties, helping to improve energy efficiency by retaining heat and reducing heat loss through the floor. This can contribute to lower heating and cooling costs in buildings.
  10. Health and Hygiene:

    • Some acoustic flooring options are designed with antimicrobial properties, which inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi. This is beneficial for maintaining a clean and hygienic environment in healthcare facilities, clinics, and schools.
  11. Quick and Easy Installation:

    • Many acoustic flooring products, such as modular or interlocking tiles, are straightforward to install, reducing installation time and labor costs.

Acoustic flooring offers a range of advantages, including noise reduction, improved acoustics, shock absorption, comfort, durability, and safety. These benefits make it a valuable choice for various applications, from residential homes to commercial and institutional settings. When selecting acoustic flooring, consider your specific needs, budget, and the unique requirements of your space to make an informed decision.

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Specialist skills and industry-wide experience have made UK-based TVS Acoustics a leading player in two of the most demanding markets for acoustic flooring – cinema and bowling alley construction projects. Both require state-of-the-art solutions, which TVS Acoustics is well placed to provide thanks to nearly two decades of work across the entertainment sector and fields ranging from theatres and gyms to commercial and residential buildings.

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