How to Test Sound Insulation for Your Home or Office

Do you want to know how to test sound insulation for homes or offices? Read on to find out!

Do you live or work in an area where there’s a lot of noise pollution? It might seem like a small problem, but it could affect your quality of life. In this article, we’ll show you how to conduct a simple sound insulation test to see if your home or office has any problems.

Measure the room where you plan to install the insulation.

You’ll need to measure the width and length of the room, as well as its height. Then, take note of the number of windows and doors in the room. Next, use a tape measure to measure the distance between each wall and window or door as well as measuring the width of the current walls and/or floors. Finally, count the number of walls in the room.


Measure the thickness of the walls, ceiling, floor, that will be covered with insulation.

Once you have the measurements, you’ll need to determine what type of acoustic upgrade you will need to install. There are two main types of acoustic upgrades, an independent lining and/or a resilient bar system. The wo types use an acoustic insulation which can be of varying density. In many cases an RW45 acoustic wool is a good choice, this has a density of 45kg/m2 and is made up of small pieces of fiberglass and other materials.

Find out what type of insulation you need.

You’ll also need to decide whether you want to insulate only one side of the wall or both sides. If you choose to insulate just one side, you’ll want to make sure that that the existing wall has enough mass to allow for this. If lightweight blockwork has been used in the wall construction, it may be best to apply the acoustic solution to both sides of the wall – this will offer more mass, isolation and absorption to the overall construction and reduce the amount of noise transference through the wall.

We can help to improve the sound insulation in your home or office.

Getting the soundproofing design right from the word go, is key, and APT Sound Testing can help in all areas of acoustic design and sound insulation testing. For more information on our UKAS accredited sound testing or acoustic  design services, please contact us at  or call us on 01525 303905.