A Soundproof Roof

Whether there is a flight path overhead, road traffic nearby or even noisy neighbours, your roof is an easy entry point for unwanted noise. With a large surface area the roof is one of your home’s biggest weak-spots for noise pollution – and a great candidate for soundproofing.

A soundproof roof is an effective solution for noise pollution, blocking unwanted sounds so that you can enjoy a quieter home and a better nights’ sleep.

How To Soundproof Your Roof

Soundproof roof systems work by dampening and dissipating the sound waves that flood your home. The extent and origin of your noise complaint will dictate which soundproof solution is best for you:

Mineral Wool Insulation

It is essential that roof insulation has excellent thermal qualities (to meet current building regulation) –  however, it does not offer adequate soundproofing qualities. By installing high-performance mineral wool acoustic roof insulation, you can expect a significant reduction in noise pollution of up to 49dB (Rw) whilst still keeping your home warm.

Not sure what a reduction of 49-decibels is? Use our handy Noise Tool to hear the difference for yourself.

Soundproofing Membranes

A highly adaptable acoustic insulation, soundproofing membranes are the perfect solution to airborne noise complaints, as well as impact noise caused by wind and rain on metal roofs. Designed to fit seamlessly into your existing frameworks, and to complement floating floors, the membranes are only a few millimetres thick.

Acoustic Roof Panels

Severe noise complaints may require acoustic roof panels, which, once installed, provide superior thermal insulation and a dramatic reduction in noise pollution. Please note that installing acoustic roof panels will require the re-roofing of your property.

Soundproof Windows & Skylights

Windows and skylights are weak-points in terms of noise pollution, and so the solution is to install high performance soundproof windows and skylights. Designed with specialist soundproof glass and a range of other advanced noise reduction elements, soundproof windows and skylights are an effective way to further soundproof your home.

Soundproof Loft Conversion

Whether you’ve created a master ensuite at the top of your house or converted the attic into a home office, you will want to keep out unwanted noise – from above and below.

A Soundproof Loft Conversion can be achieved with the following methods:

  • Eliminating air gaps in your loft.
  • Installing floating floors.
  • Improving acoustic insulation between the tiles and the interior.
  • Installing soundproof doors and windows.

Roof Types

Soundproofing a Metal Roof

When it comes to metal roofs, rain is a major factor – as even a light drizzle often creates enough noise to keep you up at night. Multi-layer metal soundproof roof systems have been designed to prevent the noise being created – rather than simply dampening its effects. We would only recommend this solution if the noise complaint is severe, as it will require the re-roofing of your property. Alternative solutions include the installation of a roof deck, underlay or adding additional layers of insulation to dissipate the sound.

Soundproofing a Tiled Roof

The most common issue with a tiled roof is that unwanted noise enters the home as a consequence of substandard craftsmanship or materials. As such, the first step towards soundproofing a tiled roof is to identify how the noise is penetrating the roof. In most cases, the solution will be to replace current insulation with an advanced acoustic insulation (which also reaches the thermal requirements), as well as identifying and plugging any air gaps through which the sound can travel.