Keeping the peace


If you want to enjoy your media room without driving the rest of the family mad, good acoustic insulation is essential

No longer is a media room the purview of the wealthy. With the advent of more affordable technology, enjoying the full at-home cinema experience is within the reach of many. Most newly-built homes will include a media room where movies, your favourite TV shows, sporting events and gaming can be enjoyed, in privacy, on a big screen and with a top-quality sound system. A crucial element is acoustic insulation. Sound transmitting through internal walls can be a problem anywhere in the house, but in a media room, keeping unwanted or distracting sounds in their place is even more critical to ensure the comfort of occupants outside that room. Standard internal walls are usually constructed with a timber frame and a thin layer of plasterboard on each side. If left empty, it can lead to problems with unwanted noise, especially if those walls are shared between, say, a media room and a family or lounge area.

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Imagine you’re doing some important planning in the living room and your partner is watching the big game in the new media room. Loud noise from the crowd, the whistles and his cheering coming through a standard wall might make it had to concentrate. Or imagine your teenager is in there gaming. Peak noises like lasers, gunfire and explosions can travel easily through a standard internal wall. The easiest, most cost-effective way to minimise unwanted noise transferring through standard internal walls is to fill the empty space in the wall frame with acoustic insulation. You may choose to include acoustic insulation throughout your home or just around the rooms you feel need it most. Stopping sound escaping from noisy areas like media and rumpus rooms is important to ensure minimum disturbance but if you want to work from home and you have children in the house, creating quiet zones around bedrooms and studies will also be essential. Similarly, for younger families the nursery will be an important point of focus.


Bradford SoundScreen is a high-density, high-quality acoustic insulation that’s specially engineered for internal walls in new homes. Including SoundScreen around noise affected rooms will effectively reduce loud noises to a whisper and ensure harmonious living. Bradford SoundScreen is surprisingly inexpensive. Many builders offer SoundScreen upgrades from as little as $400 a room, making it one of the most cost-effective new home upgrades. That’s a reasonable price to pay for long-term peace in your new home.As SoundScreen acoustic insulation can only really be installed during construction, the timing for a decision on including it is critical. Before you start building is the best time to ensure your designer or builder includes the right level of acoustic insulation so you can enjoy a higher level of acoustic comfort.

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While the new home planning process will differ between builders, there are typically five stages and the tender stage is the best time to make you builder aware that you want SoundScreen included around rooms such as media rooms as well as bedrooms, bathrooms, studies and entertaining areas. When you choose Bradford SoundScreen, you can take comfort that you are choosing the best for your family. Bradford has been making Australian homes more comfortable for over 80 years with products that are designed in Australia for Australian conditions with guaranteed performance.


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