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A Bowling Alley can be acoustically isolated

Bowling Alleys

Bowling facilities can produce several types of noise that may need to be controlled. The lower frequencies of the thud and rumble as the ball bangs along the alley and the clatter as it hits the pins. As well as the higher frequencies of people moving about, talking and enjoying themselves.

Ultimately what you’ll need will depend upon the surrounding rooms and structures. You may just need to isolate the bowling alleys themselves, or it may be necessary to isolate the entire room (or just part of the room) from the main structure, using the ‘Box in Box’ method. It is possible to just isolate floors, walls and ceilings separately, depending on what is required.

Acoustically Isolating the Bowling Alleys

Bowling alleys require special attention to isolation, especially when located on upper floors. The thud and rumble of the balls and the operation of the pin setters often requires the use of a low frequency floating floor system using metal springs. Our FS jack-up floating floor system is perfectly suited to this application.


The design of the floor system depends on the requirements of the surrounding spaces and how the building is designed. It is essential that the floor design be sympathetic not only to the vibrations caused by bowling but also the way that the building structure reacts to low frequency vibration. We can help to design a solution to suit both perspectives.

Please scroll down to view more details on our floating floor systems.


Box in Box - Total Isolation

Depending upon the arrangement of spaces around the main bowling alley room, it is sometimes necessary to create a ‘Box in a box’ structure where a completely isolated internal room is built within the existing structure. This is achieved by constructing the floor, ceiling and walls so that they are separated from the main building using LDS (previously neoprene) rubber or springs, depending upon loads and natural frequencies. The resulting air gaps also provide isolation in the same manner as double-glazing.



Acoustically Isolating Walls & Ceilings

Sometimes you may not need a full box in a box construction, but still need to isolate your ceiling or walls to protect the acoustic comfort of neighbouring rooms or buildings, by preventing the transmission of air-borne noise.

Isolated walls need to be completely separated from the building structure. Walls are normally built directly onto an acoustic floor or a wall isolation plate (such as our SWW). If required, the walls are tied to the structural walls using acoustic wall ties (typically our DNSB-A for stud walls, and DNSB-B for block work walls). At the head of the wall, a resilient angle is often required (we recommend the AB-716 head restraint) to provide an acoustic seal. More information on these can be found at the bottom of this page or on our ‘Isolated Walls’ page (via the ‘Products’ drop down menu).


Ceilings are most efficiently isolated against airborne noise with a LDS rubber hanger (such as our HDQF, designed to easily clip onto metal frame grid ceiling systems). Structural noise from above is attenuated with spring hangers such as our 30N range. Acoustic ceilings are suspended on drop rods from the concrete soffit or timber joists. For more information on this, scroll down the page and click on the relevant product. To view the other hanger types available please click the drop down products menu at the top of the screen and select the relevant section.


Concluding Bowling Alley Isolation

Mason UK has successfully sound proofed several bowling alleys; we’ve got a great track record. Just check out the past projects in the right hand grey bar.


For a more accurate idea of what you will need, or to answer any questions you may have, please contact our friendly acoustic engineers by using the details in the blue bar to your left, or send us a quick email via our ‘Contact’ page.



      Typical Products Used

HDQF - Rubber Ceiling Hangers

Quick fit ceiling hangers are made from high quality low dynamic stiffness (LDS) natural rubber. This hanger has been designed to aid the contractor with a quick installation of suspended acoustic ceilings which use a metal grid system.

HDQF-A - Acoustic Hanger PDF
Mason UK Ltd -  HDQF-A - Acoustic Hanger PDF View Datasheet

HDQF DWG
Mason UK Ltd - HDQF DWG View CAD File

AB-716 Angle Head Restraint

Angle head restraint for the top of the block and stud walls. The AB-716 provides support whilst ensuring acoustic isolation is maintained

AB-716 Angled Head Restraint
Mason UK Ltd -  AB-716 Angled Head Restraint View Datasheet

SWW Masonry Isolation

Mason UK's SWW type wall isolation strips is designed to acoustically isolate a masonry wall from the base slab. Our SWW's are designed to suit the project

SWW Sheet Metal “W” Pad Wall Support
Mason UK Ltd -  SWW Sheet Metal “W” Pad Wall Support View Datasheet

DNSB-A Sway Brace / Wall Tie

DNSB-A is a low frequency wall tie. It has a bolt end for stud walls or hooked end for masonry walls. Click below to learn more.

DNSB Sway Brace PDF
Mason UK Ltd -  DNSB Sway Brace PDF View Datasheet

Isolated Walls

The walls of a space sensitive to noise or vibration transmission need to be isolated from the main building structure. The walls can be built on a floating floor or specially designed wall support plates. Click below to learn more.

L.D.S Rubber Hangers

Our acoustic, LDS rubber (prev neoprene) hangers may be used for suspending ceilings or mechanical plant. Used where the disturbing vibration frequency is high. Click below to view this range of products

Jack-Up LDS Rubber Floating Floors

The Mason FSN Jack-Up system eliminates the need for the labour intensive installation of boards & the lifting process ensures the airgap without the possibility of bridging. The Jack-Up system is highly flexible and assures excellent performance.

Small FSN Floating Floor Mount
Mason UK Ltd -  Small FSN Floating Floor Mount View Datasheet

Large FSN Floating Floor Mount
Mason UK Ltd -  Large FSN Floating Floor Mount View Datasheet

Floating floor brochure
Mason UK Ltd -  Floating floor brochure View Datasheet

Jack-Up Spring Floating Floors

Mason Industries jack-up spring acoustic floating floors are used for low frequency isolation or where impact isolation is required, such as bowling alleys, gymnasia & health clubs. Click below to find out more.

Spring Mount Floating Floors PDF
Mason UK Ltd -  Spring Mount Floating Floors PDF View Datasheet

DNSB-BM Wall Tie / Sway Brace

The DNSB-BM range is a very popular acoustic sway brace. It is a low frequency wall tie. Bolt end for stud walls or hooked end for masonry walls.

DNSB PDF
Mason UK Ltd -  DNSB PDF View Datasheet

Concrete Floating Floors

This is an introduction to Mason UK concrete acoustic floating floor systems. There are 3 main systems; LDS rubber FSN jack-up, FS spring jack-up & EAFM form work. These acoustic floating floor systems are used to acoustically isolate a room from its surroundings. Please click below to learn more

Spring Floating Floors PDF
Mason UK Ltd -  Spring Floating Floors PDF View Datasheet

Rubber Floating Floors PDF
Mason UK Ltd -  Rubber Floating Floors PDF View Datasheet