How to Reduce Noise Flanking on Your Project.

How to Reduce Noise Flanking on Your Project.
Flanking noise or flanking sound as it’s commonly known is defined as sound from a source room that is not transmitted via the separating building element e.g. the wall or floor partition. The sound is transmitted indirectly via paths such as external walls, windows, doors and internal corridors. The term ‘Sound insulation’ describes the reduction of sound that passes between two spaces separated by a dividing element, such as a wall or floor partition. The sound energy passes through the dividing element (direct transmission) and through the surrounding structure (indirect or flanking transmission).

One of the most popular reasons for excessive flanking noise and potential sound test failure is when the inner leaf of the perimeter wall is built with light weight blocks. This can act like a large snare drum allowing the sound to travel straight up and across the walls from one flat to the other. Even if you have used an acoustically robust wall and/or floor partition the sound insulation testing may still fail. If you have used lightweight blocks in your onsite construction and the building fails the sound test, you may need to construction independent internal plasterboard lining throughout the inner perimeter wall, this should isolate the lightweight blocks and ensure the flanking path is minimized between dwellings.

Invariably, sound will usually find the weakest link through construction materials and this is usually via material flanking. For instance, construction workers sometimes run the inner envelope walls straight through the whole building elevation. Unfortunately, Even though acoustically robust walls may be pulled of the inner envelope, it doesn’t stop sound travelling from unit to unit via the continuous (lightweight) wall behind. In his instance the envelope wall should stop and return along the dividing wall partition providing a cavity or sound insulation break in the envelope wall and between flats.

Typical Flanking Sound Transmission Pathways are as follows:

• Dividing Ceiling Partitions – Above and Through the Ceiling Space (where an adequate acoustic break has not been carried on through the ceiling void)
• Dividing Floor Partitions – Through Floor and Floor Joist Space (if insulation has not been installed or direct fixing to joists without a drop ceiling below the partition under test)
• Shared Structural Building Components – Floor Boards, Floor Joists, Continuous Drywall Partitions, Continuous Concrete Floors, and Cement Block Walls.
• Through Structural Steel (structural steel beams are often a major cause of noise transmission as plasterboard is often fixed directly to the steel without sound breaks)
• Plumbing Chases – Junctures Between the Walls & Floor Slab Above or at the Exterior Wall Juncture (this should be filed with mortar etc. to add mass to this weakened area)
• Through Windows (if they are no double glazed or have secondary glazing as a minimum)
• Fixtures & Outlets – Light Switches, Telephone Outlets, and Recessed Lighting Fixtures (if penetrations have been cut back to back with the opposite dwelling under test)
• Structural Joints – Perimeter Joints at Wall & Floor, Through Wall & Ceiling Junctures (these should be filled with acoustic mastic)
• Around the End of the Partition Through the Adjacent Wall (acoustic mastic should be used to seal this junction)

To reduce the chance of sound insulation test failure, it is imperative that flanking transmission is considered at the design stage and any construction detailing is specified to minimise any potential of noise flanking which will downgrade the acoustic performance. Good detailing at the design stage will minimise this effect and optimise the overall levels of acoustic privacy achieved. If designing for residential units, design advice on flanking details must be followed to maximise the possibility of achieving the specified acoustic performance. It is very important that the design advice is followed during the onsite construction; otherwise the site sound insulation values may not meet the performance criteria required and subsequent expensive remedial treatment may be required.

One of the easiest ways of dealing with sound flanking issues is to use isolation strips around the perimeter of the partitions at the edges of floors and walls – as per the details below). Acoustic sealant should also be incorporated wherever possible.To improve the chance of a successful sound test and reduce the chance of noise flanking you will need to ensure that you allow for the following 5 acoustic design considerations, they are:

a. Mass
b. Isolation
c. Absorption
d. Resilience
e. Stiffness

We can advise on all types of acoustic design, whether it’s accomplished during initial construction or during a refurbishment/renovation project. We also undertake UKAS accredited sound testing providing a ‘one stop’ solution for all your acoustic requirements. If you would like more information in regards to sound testing please follow our blog at: or contact us at 07775623464 or visit the APT Sound Testing website.


Clothing Alterations & Repairs in the North East

Clothing Alterations & Repairs in the North East

If you like to make the most of your clothes and prefer to wear high quality, well made items investing in the services of a professional seamstress to take care of any clothing alterations or repairs you may require is a really good idea, and if you are based in the North East its definitely with considering using Easy Stitch as they offer excellent customer service as well as a high quality of work every time.

There are many advantages to using a service such as Easy Stitch to carry out clothing repairs and alterations, not only will they be able to help you make your clothes to last longer by carrying out repairs and alterations to the things you love as required, you will also be able to buy items that you love but aren’t the right fit and have them altered to suit you perfectly which is ideal if you want to grab a bargain in the sales.

With excellent facilities such an onsite changing room and private fitting room and a friendly team of expert seamstresses on hand to give you any help you may require at Easy Stitch they do everything they can to make sure that your visit is comfortable and that you are completely happy with any clothing alteration or repair that has been carried out.

At Easy Stitch they are able to carry out most clothing alterations and repairs including zip and button replacement, leather repairs, taking in items such as skirts and blouses and adjusting the length of trousers and dresses so no matter what jobs you may need doing you can be sure that they will probably be able to help.

Offering the option to take advantage of other services such as repairs to household items such as curtains and sewing in name tags at Easy Stitch they can help you save a lot of time carrying out essential sewing jobs as well as helping you to keep your clothes looking great, so why not take a look at the excellent service they have to offer at very competitive rates.

So no matter what repair or tailoring help you need why not get in touch with Easy Stitch?  With excellent customer testimonials, a friendly and flexible service and a professional team of expert seamstresses you can be certain that they will do everything they can to offer you a top quality service every time. For more information call 01661 820 700 or visit the Easy Stitch website today.

Replacing Your Central Heating Boiler

Replacing Your Central Heating Boiler

If your boiler isn’t working properly or is becoming more expensive to run you may be dreading the arrival of the winter weather as you are worried about the cost of getting a new combi boiler. However you may find with Arktek Heating it is actually far more affordable than you may first think, with some excellent deals available on some of the latest and most efficient models of gas central heating boiler and reasonable rates for fitting for you as well, you could keep your family warm this winter and many more to come without spending a fortune.

Having a new combi boiler can significantly reduce the cost of heating your home and with many model offering an extended warranty for all boiler replacements you will have the peace of mind that after the initial cost of installing the boiler itself you can enjoy lower energy bills and have no worries about having to pay for any expensive repairs in the near future, so in the long term having your combi boiler replaced is an excellent investment in your home as it will help add value as well, at Arktek Heating they are happy to give you all the information you require to make sure that the boiler you choose helps reduce the overall running costs of heating your home.

With the option to get a free of charge, no obligation quote if you are unsure what type of combi boiler you require at Arktek Heating they will be more than happy to visit you in your home to take a look at the various options available with you, one of their fully qualified staff will assess your home and fully discuss your requirements with you so you can be certain that you are totally happy with any decisions that you make, and with a great after care service including regular maintenance checks in line with your warranty you can be sure that you will be well looked after throughout the whole process and that you will be able to rely on Arktek to ensure your boiler remains running efficiently in the future as well.

At Arktek they stock boiler replacements from a range of top quality brands and regularly update their stock to ensure that they are able to consistently offer their customers the best models available on the market for a reasonable cost, with many models offering options such as low energy features or more environmentally friendly technology no matter what size your property may be or what requirements your family has you should be able to find a combi boiler that it perfect for your home. As fully accredited installers of gas central heating boilers you can be sure that at Arktek they will make sure that your boiler is fitted according to all legal health and safety requirements and that all work will be carried out to the highest possible standards with the minimum of disruption to you and your family.

Having a chat with one of the team at Arktek might be a really good idea if you think that your boiler is unlikely to last the winter, not only with they be able to advise on the best gas boiler replacements they will also be happy to take a look to see if you existing boiler can be repaired if you are really unsure if you can afford the expense of a replacement right now. So why not get in touch to discuss your requirements with one of their friendly advisors and find out more about how you can invest in your home with a new combi boiler from Arktek.

Arktek Heating Services
At Arktek heating they will do everything they can to make sure that the job runs smoothly and with excellent customer reviews, impressive aftercare services and upfront easy to understand pricing policy, why not take advantage of their free of charge no obligation quote and make an appointment for them to visit your home and see how much they could help you reduce the amount of energy you use For further information about the range of replacement gas boilers available or the landlord emergency repair and maintenance services, please call 0191 516 6911 or visit the Arktek Heating Services website. We will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

Promoting Your Business through Internet Marketing & SEO

Promoting Your Business through Internet Marketing and SEO

Business owners, have you Googled yourself lately? If not, do it now. Go on, type in the name of your business and see what comes up. If the name of your business is Joe’s Garage, then your search will likely bring up Joe’s car repairs (Sunderland), Joe’s Auto Body Care (Chester le Street), Joe’s Automotive Ltd (Newcastle), Joe’s Car Repairs (North East) and perhaps also a smattering of like-named businesses in the UK. Which business is yours, and how do you get people in your area to come to your shop and not to some other Joe who does auto repairs?

Well, you don’t need to come up with a more unique name for your business, but you do need to learn how to use search engine optimisation, or SEO, to make your company stand out and for promoting your business to the vehicle owners who are most likely to come to you for repairs. Following are three ways in which SEO can draw interested clients to your website and, ultimately, your shop.

Keyword Research
Your target audience is searching online with specific keywords and key phrases that are relevant to your business, whatever that may be. You need to know what those keywords and key phrases are, and Internet marketing companies have the ability to research that information for their clients. Tap into that resource.

SEO Rankings
The major search engines rank websites, in part, according to how prominently certain keywords figure in the website’s content. More specific keyword searches will set your business apart from the competition and result in higher rankings, which translates to greater visibility for your website and, ultimately, more sales.

Social Media
Yet another opportunity for enhancing your online presence is through social media. If you already have a website, then you should also have a Facebook page and Twitter feed. Even businesses with stale websites are able to keep in touch with current and prospective clients by posting and Tweeting on a regular basis and interacting with their target audience. If you know which keywords your clients are using to find businesses like yours, then it pays to make use of them in your posts and elsewhere. Best of all, your Facebook page, Tumblr account and whatever else you’re using to stay in touch with clients get their own separate rankings in search results. In other words, one can keep you front and centre even when the other does not.

As impressive or even overwhelming as they may seem, these considerations are simply scratching the surface when it comes to Internet marketing and SEO. Direct Submit Internet Marketing Services can do all this and much more to increase traffic to your website and generate interest in your company. Direct Submit works with businesses of all sizes to develop effective SEO marketing campaigns that deliver lasting results. Let Direct Submit show you just how profitable your company can be.

For more information or to speak with one of our Internet marketing consultants, call us today on 0845 272 2350 or visit

Tree Surgery Services for the North East

Tree Surgery Services for the North East

If you have problem trees, bushes or shrubs outside your property you may want to consider contacting a professional tree surgery service to make sure that the job is done safely and properly without causing any damage to your property or others around it as it is easy to underestimate how much work and expertise is required if you want to move or conserve trees and other greenery.

stantimminsBased in the North East, Stan Timmins and sons is a company offering expert Tree Surgery Services to many satisfied customers, with over 50 year’s experience working within the industry they have all the knowledge and expertise required to help you find the solution to any problem you may have. The owner and manager Stan Timmins hold numerous industry qualifications in a broad range of horticulture and arboriculture subjects including diplomas both from Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and also the Royal Forestry Society.

Offering fully insured and registered tree surgery services to every customer and a guarantee that every job completed will be carried out to meet current best practices for Arboriculture work and to comply with the BS3998 (2010) regulations you can be certain that any work you need to have carried out will be done properly and as safely as possible.

With a wide range of service on offer including formative pruning, sectional dismantling of dead, dangerous and diseased trees, ivy Removal / severance, large tree removal and site clearance as well as many others you can be certain that no matter what problem you may have Stan Timmins and Sons will be able to help you find a workable solution.

With a straight forward pricing policy and excellent customer services you can be sure that at Stan Timmins and Sons they will be able to offer you excellent quality work for a reasonable price, and if you have any questions or queries at any stage of the process they will be happy to offer you all the information that you need.

So you are based in the North East and are looking for reliable and expert tree surgery service you may want to get in touch with Stan Timmins and Sons so you can be sure that the job is completed safely and to the highest possible standard.

Contact Stan Timmins
When you’re about to embark on tree surgery, it can be a daunting experience to search for a qualified and registered tree surgeon. We believe at Stan Timmins Tree Surgeons that we can provide you with the quickest and most accurate tree surgery, to suit whatever work you need done. We offer the advantages listed above and we have had many customers who have praised us and thanked us for our work. You can see these customers at our Testimonials page. For further information please call 07966 207280 or 01670 825089 or visit their website at

Middle Management: Searching for that New Position

Middle Management: Searching for that New Position

If you are looking for a new role in middle management and have been finding it difficult to find vacancies that are relevant to your skills and experience maybe you should consider getting in touch with a specialist recruitment agency, as they already have links with many businesses and organisations they will often get information about new job openings as soon as they become available.

Not only will using an executive recruitment agency to help you find your next middle management position make you far more likely to find suitable posts, you will also be able to get any help or advice that you may need to make sure that you are getting the positions that you deserve and receive all the information and guidance that you may need when starting out on a new role so your career can really start taking the right direction.

No matter why you are looking for a new job or what industry you work within as recruitment agency’s get information about a wide range of available jobs you can be sure that they will be likely to find you a role that matches your existing skill set and experience so you can keep adding relevant new skills to your CV. With a range of temporary and permanent contracts often available you will also find that a recruitment agency is going to be likely to be able to find you flexible employment that fits in with your lifestyle, which is ideal if you have other responsibilities.

Whether you just fancy a change, are just starting out or are returning to work after a break a good recruitment agency will be able to help you get the roles that will help you to take your career further, with many short term contracts coming up with an immediate start to provide cover sometimes these can be an ideal way to add important experience to your CV across a range of different settings.

So if you are looking for a position within middle management and would like a bit of help finding suitable work why not consider signing up with a recruitment agency? With so many vacancies being listed with them as soon as they become available you are sure to find a really good role much more quickly than using other more traditional methods.