About the soundproofing product
JCW Vibrablock, in combination with JCW Acoustic Plasterboard layers, is a soundproofing system specially designed for upgrading existing walls so that sound transmission from neighbours or adjoining rooms, like talking or TV sound, is reduced. Much louder noises like high volume music, excessive shouting or loud intrusive bass notes may still be audible, but their level will be substantially reduced.
It can be applied to either masonry or stud walls and is also suitable to reduce flanking noise up and down walls. It's ideal for soundproofing party walls, separating stairs and hallways where retaining maximum usable space is a major consideration.
System summary and benefits
- Ideal as a quick to install Noisy Neighbour Solution on party walls
- Significantly reduces airborne noise through a wall.
- Minimum loss of wall space (45mm or less than 2 inches)
- Effective on single skin and stud walls.
- Simple to apply – so there’s no studwork required
- Fire retardant
- 100% Recycled Rubber Material
- Flexible, once the system outlines has been installed the plasterboard surface is ready for any decorative finish
How JCW Vibrablock (20mm thick) high density soundproofing mat and two layers of JCW Acoustic Plasterboard (each 12.5mm thick) can improve the sound insulation of a stud partition
Nominal partition Thickness
|Expected sound loss with no infill
|Min expected sound loss with JCW Acoustic Slab infill|
The estimated soundproofing performance of the stud partition shown above assumes there are no holes and all joints are properly sealed with JCW Acoustic Sealant. The sound insulation performance indicated may vary from site to site and this figure should only be used as a guide, but around 87% reduction in sound transmission can be expected.
JCW Vibrablock Specification
Composition: 100% recycled rubber mat
Board Size: 1m x 1m
Weight: 15 kgs each
JCW Acoustic Plasterboard Specification
Pale blue face paper
Brown reverse paper
Complies BS EN 520 categorised as type D, gypsum plasterboard with controlled density
Thermal Resistance: 12.5mm = 0.05m2 K/W, 15.0mm = 0.06m2 K/W
Thermal Conductivity: 0.25 W/m
Soundproofyourhome supply the following products to enhance the acoustic integrity of the installation:
JCW Acoustic Sealant and Applicator Gun
JCW Spray on Contact Adhesive
At a glance guide for what you'll need for the JCW Vibrablock and Plasterboard Soundproofing System
You can quickly work out how much soundproofing products and ancillaries you’ll need if you use this at a glance guide to calculate things. Check the square metre dimensions of the area to be treated and apply to the tables below
| Wall Area in m2
|JCW Acoustic Plasterboard
(1.2m square each for a double layer)
|JCW Spray on Adhesive||JCW Acoustic Sealant|
DIY Installation Guide to using JCW Vibrablock and JCW Acoustic Plasterboard as part of an acoustic soundproofing wall system solution
Step 1: Ensure the wall to be treated does not have any gaps or holes which will allow sound to leak in
Step 2: Where the party wall to be soundproofed is directly under a loft, like a bedroom in a bungalow, or attic space in a house, check by looking into the loft space that the party wall in question continues on up through the ceiling level and all the way to the roof. If it does not, building a wall up to the underside of the roof is recommended for maximum acoustic performance.
Step 3: Ensure the entire product supplied is dry and stored correctly before commencing. The JCW Acoustic Plasterboard must be stored flat as should the JCW Vibrablock. All of the products ideally should be at normal room temperature before work begins. If the work is being conducted in an unheated room and it is cold, this will affect the drying time of the adhesive which will take longer. Installation must never commence in damp conditions or conditions that can encourage condensation!
Step 4: Before using the JCW Spray on Adhesive, shake the can well and follow the instructions, first making sure the JCW Vibrablock mat is clean and dust and dirt free
Step 1. Ensure the wall to be treated is flat and even and remove skirting boards. If it has been ‘wet’ plastered, tap it to check the plaster has not ‘blown’. Tap it lightly with a screwdriver handle and if the plaster is coming away from the wall it will sound hollow. It may also ‘give’ when pressure is put on it. If blown plaster is found it should be chipped off, replaced and allowed to thoroughly dry before any further work commences.
Step 2. Remove any electrical fittings. (A qualified electrician should do this). If any electrical fittings are required on the finished wall, the wiring should be adjusted to compensate for this by the electrician before the hole is filled in.
Step 3. Before starting, if the party wall is a stud wall, locate the position of existing timber stud battens either by using a digital joist finder or penetrating the plaster surface with a thin sharp screwdriver or bradawl until solid tresistance is met. The position of other stud battens can now be marked which will usually be located 400mm to the left or right.
Step 4. Glue bond and screwfix with appropriate length screws the JCW Vibrablock panels to the wall using the JCW Spray on Adhesive, starting from the floor and working along, finishing each row before moving on the next row. Leave a 5mm perimeter gap (around the wall, floor and ceiling edge) which will later be filled with acoustic sealant. Spray the JCW Vibrablock one panel at a time and then immediately spray the corresponding area of wall and then bond and screw the panel to the wall. Continue in this manner across the entire wall surface wall to wall and floor to ceiling. Close but the product as tightly as possible leaving no gaps. When cutting a mat or panel, use a jigsaw then use the off cut to start the next row. Simply cut a slit in the mat where electrical wiring has to come through.
Step 5. Glue and screw the first layer of JCW Acoustic Plasterboard to the JCW Vibrablock mat panels using the same adhesive and in the same manner by spraying the panel first then the corresponding area of wall and bonding and screwing them immediately together, taking care to position the panel correctly first time. When fixing these panels, be sure to keep a small gap (minimum 5mm) all around the perimeter between the panels and floor, ceiling and internal corners. Thin packing pieces can be used at floor level to achieve this and can be removed afterwards. Cut a small hole in any panel for wiring and ensure positioning of the hole is correct before gluing up the plasterboard sheet and sticking it to the wall.
Step 6. When the first layer of plasterboard has been fixed, the second layer can be bonded and screwed in the same manner, but use the off-cuts from the first layer to start the second layer and be sure to keep the same 5mm gap around the edges. For the second layer, overlap the joints of the first layer.
Step 7. Holes for electrical fittings can now be cut out of the JCW Acoustic Plasterboard back to the JCW Vibrablock but not through it. A shallow back box should be glued into the hole against the JCW Vibrablock using a proprietary construction adhesive such as Gripfill.
Step 8. Now add a plaster skim to finish the wall, ensure the gap around the perimeter of the wall is maintained and not filled in with the plaster. When the plaster skim has dried, infill the 5mm perimeter gap with our flexible JCW Acoustic Sealant, smooth off, allow to dry then decorate.
Skirting boards can be replaced using a good adhesive. It is advisable not to use mechanical fixings. Nails must never be used. Do not bridge the acoustic materials.
Fittings can be attached to the wall using purpose made plasterboard fixings such as self-drive plasterboard fixings.
Professional Installation Service available
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Our skilled and experienced tradesmen understand acoustic materials and how to fit them quickly and correctly.
The result is a cost effective service and peace of mind about the acoustic integrity of your project. Contact us today for a free quotation.
Soundproofyourhome is the domestic market operations division of JCW Acoustic Supplies Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer and distributor of soundproofing, sound insulation and sound absorbing products.
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