Expert reveals the best acoustic insulation for homes — and why to avoid soundproofing

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If you're tired of dealing with unwanted noise invading your peace and quiet at home, you may want to consider soundproofing your house by installing acoustic insulation. 

Whether it's noisy neighbours, street sounds, or the hustle and bustle of daily life causing disturbances, installing acoustic insulation can make a world of difference to your living space and your general sense of calm. 

Expert in soundproofing and sound absorption solutions
Head shot of Phil Lyons Senior Technical Adviser at The Soundproofing Store
Expert in soundproofing and sound absorption solutions
Phil Lyons

Phil's background as a professional musician means his knowledge of soundproofing and sound absorption is second to none. He is an expert in everything from soundproofing a room in your home, to a music studio and everything in between. 

Tim Pullen

Tim is an expert in sustainable building methods and energy efficiency in residential homes and writes on the subject for magazines and national newspapers. He is the author of The Sustainable Building Bible, Simply Sustainable Homes and Anaerobic Digestion - Making Biogas - Making Energy: The Earthscan Expert Guide.

His interest in renewable energy and sustainability was first inspired by visits to the Royal Festival Hall heat pump and the Edmonton heat-from-waste projects. In 1979

this initial burst of enthusiasm lead to him trying (and failing) to build a biogas digester to convert pig manure into fuel, at a Kent oast-house, his first conversion project.

Moving in 2002 to a small-holding in South Wales, providing as it did access to a wider range of natural resources, fanned his enthusiasm for sustainability. He went on to install renewable technology at the property, including biomass boiler and wind turbine.

He formally ran energy efficiency consultancy WeatherWorks and was a speaker and expert at the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows across the country.

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