Noise nuisance from neighbours

Rows between neighbours lead to more noise disturbances than anything else, according to the Rockwool Noisy Neighbours’ Index.

Research commissioned by the insulation specialist Rockwool shows 36 percent of Britons who have been regularly disturbed by noise say that their neighbours’ arguments are the single biggest cause of disruption.

The index also highlights neighbours’ parties (30%), children (21%) and pets (20%) as a significant noise nuisance, while five percent of those regularly disturbed by noise say they are most frequently irritated by the noise of their neighbours’ sexual activities.

Rockwool says the report reveals the existence of a new group of social menaces – the Scanners (Self-Centred, Anti-Social, Noisy Neighbours), property owners who make as much noise as they like in their own homes and don’t care about the impact on their neighbours.

Rockwool’s poll asked whether or not they had taken steps to keep the noise down. Alarmingly, more than one-third of Britons (35%) say they do not consciously keep down the noise they make and just 25% of Britons say they try to keep quiet to avoid upsetting their neighbours.

Perhaps surprisingly, it is the older generations who appear less inclined to keep the noise down around the home with 41 percent of people aged over 55 saying they make no effort to keep noise down.