Loud booming noises over your head can instantly ruin the perfect romantic dinner, drown out the best part of a movie, or wake you up when napping on the couch. From stomping feet to loud music, sound can vibrate through the floorboards and enter other rooms to disturb the occupants. Whether you are dealing with a noisy teen in your house, or you don’t want to create a noise disturbance for your downstairs neighbor living in a condo, making the flooring more soundproof can improve the acoustical qualities of a room.
Understanding How Sound Travels Through Flooring
When you are trying to soundproof a room, remember that the reason that sounds are infiltrating other spaces is due to the vibration. It’s the reason why footsteps across a hardwood floor will sound louder during each impact than a television playing at normal volume. While you may still be able to hear a bit of noise from the television, the airborne sound has to be turned up loud enough to travel through the flooring material and cause it to vibrate.
Thicker and more solid flooring can transmit less impact and airborne sounds. You can hear the difference in a thick carpeted room as the noise is muted when they walk or talk versus when a person is walking across vinyl tile or wood.
Acoustical Underlayment Adds to the Soundproofing Capabilities
Underlayment is one important step that should not be passed over when installing any type of flooring where you want to add soundproofing benefits. If you are dealing with impact noise from footfalls, you can place down acoustical underlayment to add another layer of materials between your flooring and subfloor. There is a range of materials that can be used, such as rubber, cork or foam. It’s important to ask a flooring professional or manufacturer about the type of underlayment that can be placed under specific floor materials so there won’t be any issues or damage to the top flooring.
In addition to underlayment, you may also place acoustical mats and chipboard sheets underneath the underlayment and above the subflooring. These materials are used to absorb vibrations and add another additional layer of soundproofing protection. Under the acoustical mats you can add another layer of underlayment depending on the type of flooring that is installed.
Have a Quieter Home by Soundproofing the Floor
The best time to consider whether to add underlayment and acoustical mats is when you are renovating, remodeling or building a home. By having the exposed subfloor ready, it is easier to add these acoustical materials at that point in time than afterward when the new flooring is completely installed. Then you can get the project done right the first time while enjoying the peace and quiet without worrying about disturbing anyone else.
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