The Secret to Successful Sound Testing

The Secret to Successful Sound Testing

There are many considerations to achieving successful sound testing on your development. The main areas that need to be addressed are the dividing wall and floor construction.  When dealing with walls you normally just need to worry about airborne sound; however with walls it’s both airborne and impact sound which can be far more difficult to deal with.

The usual noise problems associated with airborne sound transmission is TV noise, music and speech. This can be dealt with by applying ceiling treatments as well as mass and isolation to the building components. Impact sound (footfall) performance is increased by the used of resilience layers and isolation of components to prevent noise flanking through the partition.

Sound TestingAirborne Sound Testing
For airborne sound testing Building Regulation Part E requires you achieve at least 45dB for new build properties and 43dB for conversion developments, this applies both to party walls and floors between properties. This level is the difference between the source level and the receiver level during sound testing. Therefore, if the source level in one flat is 110dB and the receiver level in the neighbouring flat is 55dB, the level difference (or sound reduction performance) is 55dB.

The measurement is corrected for several factors such as background noise, room characteristics and frequency weighting, giving the final sound insulation performance value of the tested partition. In this case the higher the number the better the sound insulation performance. The measurement is done by using a Class 1 Analyser and the associated equipment.

Impact Sound Testing
For impact sound testing Building Regulation Part E requires you achieve at least 62dB for new build properties and 64dB for conversion developments. Impact insulation performance only applies to party floors and related to the effectiveness of the floor construction in absorbing shock such as footfall noise. The measurement is done by using a Norsonic tapping machine (as shown below). The machine has 5 weights which tapping in regular succession on the tested floor which emulates footfall noise. The noise levels are taken in the receiving room below, which are then measured and averaged for different tapper positions, which then gives the sound reduction rating of the floor. In this case the lower the figure, the better the performance.

Good Acoustic Design
To try and ensure you meet the standards stipulated within Building Regulations Part E, careful consideration should be shown to the acoustic design detailing from the stat of the project. offset. Tackling the acoustic design for both new build and conversion project requires two different construction techniques and acoustic design detailing. With new build properties you have a blank canvas in terms of the overall design whereas with conversions you usually need to work with the existing’ onsite’ construction which can be quite difficult.

We offer an acoustic design package, which contains the following elements:

  1. Sample Sound Testing – of the existing construction. This offers an accurate overview of the acoustic performance of the existing partitions which enables us to offer a targeted acoustic design using the sound insulation performance of the existing construction.
  2. Acoustic Design Review – a full design review of the proposed developments party walls and floors.
  3. Site Survey Visits – to let us view the existing site construction. This allows us to check for potential problematic construction such as inclusion of lightweight blocks in the existing construction. It also lets us check that the installation teams are installing the acoustic materials as per manufacturer’s guidelines.
  4. Final Precompletion Sound Testing in compliance with Building Regulations Part E.

Useful Acoustic Design Considerations

  1. Avoid the use of lightweight blocks in the inner envelope construction and/or stairwell construction etc. as sound will travel both vertically and horizontally from dwelling to dwelling.
  2. The use of resilient suspended ceilings will help improve the performance of the floor partition.
  3. Ensure all support steels/timbers are carefully boxed out where they travel from flat to flat vertically and horizontally.
  4. Use a high quality resilient acoustic membrane on top of the floor to improve the impact performance of a floor.
  5. Ensure all penetrations are fully sealed where they terminate through floors and they are adequately boxed with acoustic quilt and two layers of plasterboard.

In our experience the main 5 considerations when designing for separating walls and floors between dwellings are: If used together or in various combinations they will improve sound insulation properties over a wide range of frequencies.

The main factors are:

  1. Mass
  2. Isolation
  3. Absorption
  4. Resilience
  5. Stiffness

If used together or in various combinations they will improve sound insulation properties over a wide range of frequencies and should achieve compliance with Building Regulations Part E.

In our experience if the acoustic design is taken into consideration from the offset of the project, then it usually results in compliance with Building Regulations Part E. In Some cases sound test failure can also be down to the poor workmanship rather than the acoustic design that is why we offer a full‘4 step’ acoustic package.

If you have a project that’s needs acoustic design advice or sound insulation testing, then please visit the APT Sound Testing website or phone us directly on 07775623464.

Finding the Right Business Insurance

Finding the Right Business Insurance
Many businesses could get far better rates and cover for their business insurance than they currently have but the time required to undertake the research and find the best deal is something that they don’t always have, if this sounds like your business then one solution could be using the services of a professional insurance brokers to help you make sure you have the best levels of cover for the lowest possible price.

Business Insurance

Weir Insurance have over forty years-experience offering insurance and brokering services to their customers in and around Newcastle both commercial and residential and are able to offer expert help and advice regarding most types of insurance including business insurance, household insurance, vehicle insurance and property insurance, with specialist advice and policies available regarding issues such as professional indemnity insurance, landlord insurance and public liability insurance you can be certain that they will be able to make sure that you and your business has all the cover that you require, even if you have a unique business or something that is complicated or hard to insure they will do everything they can to make sure that you have the correct level cover for the best possible price.

If you are just starting out or moving into an new branch of your industry Weir Insurance will be able to advise you of any insurance policies that are legal requirements and also what over types of cover that are available that may be beneficial for your company to hold, or if you have a more established business they will be happy to take a look at your existing policies to see if they can improve the cover you have or see if they can save you money when the time comes to renew your business insurance.

One of the main advantages of using the services of a reliable insurance brokers such as Weir Insurance is they will have many good working links within the industry and a wealth of knowledge and experience that they can use to help you make sure that you have the best cover available, that you aren’t paying for any unnecessary extras or have to face any surprise fees or extortionate excess charges if you do ever need to make a claim.

So if you want to save time and get the best possible value for your money but still be sure that your business insurance provides all the cover you require why not get in touch with Weir Insurance? Offering a friendly, reliable service that is flexible enough to fit around your businesses needs and very reasonable rate you can be certain that you won’t be disappointed.

Contact Weir Insurance Brokers
For further information please call one of our experienced insurance team today on 01670 365533 or visit the Weir Insurance brokers website. We have been helping our clients’ with their insurance needs since 1972. We talk to you about your requirements, work with you to figure out what cover you need (and what cover you don’t) and then use our relationship with dozens of insurers to find the best solution for you.

Update your Home with a New Bathroom

Looking to Update your Home with a New Bathroom
Having a new bathroom fitted is an excellent way to give your home a real boost and help keep it looking fresh and up to date, which will not only help add to the value of your home it will also really improve you and your family’s quality of life.  At P T Ranson they have a wide selection of bathroom products offing a range of stylish and innovative designs of excellent designers such as Vitra bathrooms and Kohler bathrooms so if you need any inspiration it is definitely worth taking a look at what they have available.

If you want to create a modern bathroom that is full of light and clutter free you may want to take a look at some of the designs available from Kohler bathrooms, with a wide range of high quality and elegant designs you will be able to find everything you need to create a bathroom that offers the best that modern design has to offer so you will be able to create a coordinated bathroom that is completely tailored to you and your family’s needs.

Vitra bathrooms also offer a great range of contemporary designs if you want to create a modern theme, with many of their designs combining a Turkish influence alongside the latest technology they offer the perfect balance of sophistication and practicality.  With everything you need to create a bathroom that you will really love from Vitra bathrooms it may be far easier than you may first think.

Having a built in bath, luxury shower or really well fitted bathroom furniture is the perfect way to make your new bathroom a real feature within your home and by choosing high quality products you know that you will be able to enjoy the benefits for years to come, so if you want to create the perfect bathroom why not take a look at some of the excellent bathroom ideas they have at P T Ranson?

Regardless of your tastes or the style you are hoping to achieve with such a wide range of top quality products you are sure to find the ideal shower for your bathroom. A bathroom remodel is a major investment in your home, after all, and we want you to be certain that the sum you invest today will result in a new look for your bathroom that you will love for years to come and that will leave you in a good position to sell if you ever decide to do so.

Whatever type of bathroom you would like to make or if you are just looking around for some new ideas the excellent range at P T Ranson is the ideal place to start looking for everything you need. With so many different ranges available from such a wide range of suppliers, all featuring their own unique features, you will find plenty of products to compare until you are totally happy with the design  that you have chosen.

Whether you prefer to soak in the tub or unwind under the shower you will be able to find the perfect solutions for you and your family even if you have a small or awkwardly shaped bathroom, and with excellent customer service every time you can be certain that no matter what new bathroom you may choose, at P T Ranson they will do everything they can to ensure that you are 100 per-cent happy with your purchase.

So why not head over to their website for some inspiration and start planning what you could do with your bathroom this year?  With so many unique and high performance products on offer from some top bathroom design companies you can be sure that you won’t be disappointed. For more information please telephone: 0191 469 6999 or visit their bathrooms and showers showroom.

Why SEO is Good for Your Business

Why SEO is Good for Your Business
There are people out there searching for your products and services and because of this it makes sense that you want to appear as high in the search engine rankings as possible for a target phrase. However, there are other reasons you would like to rank well in the Search Engines, other than just because you want them to click through to your website. In fact, there is a certain amount of value in simply appearing in search results for terms directly related to your business.

SEO Provides Your Business Credibility
It is known that people searching the likes of Google, Yahoo or Bing (and others) make mental notes of the rankings for the terms they enter into Google and other search engines. Even if they don’t consciously realise it they do. And in the minds of consumers, your ranking is a vote of confidence: “Google says this business is relevant, so that must be the case.”

Effective SEO Brings Your Business Traffic
The better your website is ranked within the major Search Engines, the more potential visitors you will receive. It’s that simple… By optimising your website and then promoting it properly, your website can open the door for your business to new site visitors, which can equal new business enquiries and more sales.

The Direct Submit Approach to Effective SEO
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is the process of affecting the visibility of a website or a web page in a search engine’s unpaid results, often referred to as “natural,” “organic,” or “earned” results. Effective SEO is often an involved and often time consuming process that requires a good deal of expertise, research and modification of your website. This process helps the likes of Google and Bing knows your website exists and hopefully ranks it well for the selected key phrases.

Our approach to SEO typically is built around:

» Key Phrase Research

» Website Analysis & Compliance

» SEO Promotion & Marketing

» Linking Strategy

» On-going Monitoring & Maintenance

Time to Get Your Website Noticed
Direct Submit prides itself on the underlying process by which we approach each and every SEO project we are involved with. We understand that each client will have specific, individual needs and our approach in creating and implementing the correct SEO strategy is vital to the success of the SEO project.

This approach and attention to detail is what has helped Direct Submit become a leading Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) company. Call us today on 0845 2722350 and get your website working harder for your business.

uPVC, Double Glazed and Composite Door Supplies

uPVC, Double Glazed and Composite Doors
If you want to improve the appearance of your home, have the peace of mind of added security and also help keep your home warmer to conserve energy why not consider investing in a new front door for your home? At I Want a Door they have an excellent variety of high quality uPVC door, double glazed doors and composite doors at incredibly competitive price so you can be certain they will help you make sure that your new front door is a really worthwhile investment in your home that you won’t regret you made.

With a such wide choice of doors available at I Want A Door you will be certain to find a new door that not only complements the style of your property but also appeals to your personal sense of style as well so you can add your own individual touch to the outside of your property that will last for years to come.  With the opportunity to completely design your own composite door you have the option to choose the overall design, colour and type of glass, and with a choice of over 30 designs, 39 colours and a variety of glass in different colours and textures you really can have your front door exactly how you want it, and you also have the option to add a complementing canopy to your front door to really complete the look.

All doors come fully fitted with police approved multipoint locking systems and high security anti snap cylinder so you can be sure that no matter what type of Composite door you may decide to fit it will instantly make your home more secure, you can also enjoy the benefits of a fitted spy hole, anti-intruder chain, toughened glass and the most modern construction methods so you can be sure that any unwanted visitors would have real problems trying to enter your home, helping to keep you and your family safe no matter what may happen.

With a full fitting service available, including the disposal of your old front door, at At I Want A Door you can be certain that your new uPVC doors, double glazed door or composite door will be fitted to the highest possible standards and their expert fitters will ensure that your home is left clean and tidy and completely draught free, also in the unlikely event you are unhappy with any work that has been carried out at I Want A Door they will do everything they can to put the problem right.

Having a professionally fitted secure front door will also help you to save money on your home insurance and your energy bills so it an improvement that really saves you money.  So if you want to make some changes to your home why not take a look at the excellent composite door fitting service available at I Want A Door, with the opportunity to create a door that really fits your specifications down to the addition of a cat flat or other special features, a reliable fitting service and an easy and straight forward wording process giving the outside of your home a quick facelift could be far easier than you may first think.

so if you want to make an investment in your home that will not only improve it appearance but will also add to you and your family’s quality of life without spending a fortune or undertaking major works why not consider getting some inspiration from iwantadoor.com and take a look at the great range of composite doors on offer. With so many designs to choose from and a flexible fitting service available you could find giving you home a quick facelift is easier than you may first think and you may be surprised how effective the results are once the work is complete!

I Want a Door.COM provides a range of strong, secure and energy efficient made to measure composite doors. Cut out the salesmen and their commissions; buy your composite door direct from the North East’s leading composite door manufacturer. To find out more information, call 0191 2862122 today or visit the I Want a Door website.

Embracing Social Media Marketing

Embracing Social Media Marketing

Social media marketing can generally be likened to positive word of mouth for your business. By actively taking part with your customers on Facebook or Twitter, you’re creating a ripple effect, since your customers may share your posts, and those posts will generate yet more likes and comments.

While social media marketing may not be considered a direct form of advertising, it definitely helps your brand’s image and keeps your customers continually engaged with what you offer.

In fact, on average, people spend about 4.6 hours per week on social media. This is the highest amount of hours spent on average for any online activity. Social media has become an integral part of our day to day lives, and by placing your business on these platforms, you’re continually pushing your business to the forefront of your current customer base and further. In fact, over half of US SMBs have said that social media plays an important role in generating business and sales.

As if that weren’t enough, many business owners have said that by taking part in social media marketing, their PageRank has increased as a result (45% of businesses said this), as this has helped drive inbound links to their site. So by embracing social media marketing, you are also helping your search engine results get a boost also.

The effects are shown in these statistics, but if you think about them, it makes sense, because so much of our lives is absorbed in the social media world. Much of your news is gotten on social media, also, and by placing your business out there on the virtual sphere, you’ll have more exposure as a result.

Social media can also keep your current customers. If they buy from your site and enjoy your product, they just might return again and if they become a fan of Facebook, they’ll be able to enter competitions, see announcements and buy from your site again.

Improve your Home with a New Central Heating System

Improve your Home with a New Central Heating System
Having a new central heating system installed in your home is the ideal way to make a real improvement to your whole property in one easy step and with the help of Arktek Heating Services it could be far more straightforward than you may first think.  With an expert team to help you select the boiler that is most suited to your requirements and a fully qualified team of engineers who are able to carry out the installation for you and provide you with a full after care service as well at Arktek they will help you to ensure your boiler is fitted with the minimum of disruption to you and your family.

An efficient new heating boiler will also help you to lower your energy bills and reduce the impact that your home has on the environment. At Arktek they have an excellent range of modern combi boilers available from top manufacturers, many featuring some of the most up to date energy saving technology so you may be surprised to find out how little energy some of their boilers require to produce consistent and reliable results no matter how cold it gets and to see how much money you could potentially save on your heating bills in the future.

New central heating will help you to make every room of your home more comfortable to spend time in by maintaining an even temperature at all times, so the whole family will be able to able to benefit from one small change.  Being able to keep the temperature throughout your home at a consistent level will also help to protect your property from developing problems such as damp and condensation which can be expensive and time consuming to repair, at Arktek they will be able to give you all the advice you may need to ensure any boiler that you choose is suited to the size and design of your property so you get maximum results all year round.

Having a new central heating system installed will also help you to add value to your home and make it more desirable to potential buyers or tenants if you do ever decide you want to move out, as having reliable and economical heating and hot water is a distinct benefit of any property regardless of its size or design.

Also as all boilers supplied by Arktek come with a complete warranty and aftercare maintenance services getting your new heating boiler with them means you will be able to feel the benefits of your purchase into the future with free servicing and repairs for the full term of your guarantee.

So if you want to make a real investment in your home why not consider the advantages of getting a new heating boiler installed by Arktek?  Not only will you and your family have the benefit of reliable heating and hot water you will also be able to enjoy lower energy bills, a full fitting and aftercare service and be able to add value to your home while helping reduce the harm your home does to the environment, and with the competitive prices on offer at Arktek you may be surprised how affordable it can be as well.

For further information about the range of replacement gas boilers available from Arktek Heating Services, please call 0191 516 6911 or visit our heating & plumbing services website. We will be in touch with you as soon as possible.