The soundproofed base layers can be equipped with all types of floor finishes. Two of our base layers provide isolation from drum noise: the 19 dB Quickstep Unisound Combiflor and the 17 dB Quickstep Silent Walk. They can be used with laminate or engineered floors and are ideal for sneaking out to eat something at midnight. The best base for vinyl floors is an acoustic felt, such as the one specifically designed by our product team.
This type of material is perfect for vinyl, as it's thinner and less dense, so it relives much of the “bounce” you'd experience with other materials when using vinyl. The GenieMat RST base has proven to be an excellent choice for those who want to install laminate floors and, at the same time, dampen the noise that would otherwise be heard by the neighbors below. This is an incredibly versatile mat that can be used to insulate a cement subfloor, effectively reducing the amount of impact noise that occurs. In addition to its excellent soundproofing capabilities, the GenieMat RST base is also an incredibly cost-effective option compared to other impact mats on the market.
Our most popular soundproof base is the 12 mm Noisestop acoustic base. It effectively minimizes both impact and airborne noise, thanks to its two-layer design that provides the necessary weight to reduce airborne sounds and to the closed-cell foam to absorb impacts. This base complies with part E of the building regulations and effectively reduces noise levels in homes. It's ideal for reducing the average levels of unwanted sound from a neighboring property, such as footsteps, television noise and conversations.
The Noisestop acoustic base is compatible with most types of floors, including engineered wood, laminate, tile and LVT. The Noisestop acoustic base can be used directly under the carpet. When installing the base, consider using the perimeter band to ensure that the grab rods are at the same height as the carpet. The grab rods and the perimeter edge must be nailed to the ground with a 30 mm nail. You will achieve the best performance of your acoustic base if you also treat the floor cavity with acoustic mineral wool and add the P8 insulating strip to the top of the beams whenever possible.
In the case of carpets, you need a product that is soft but does not hit the ground, like many of the acoustic base layers on the market. The rubber base is composed of a layer of soft rubber located between the subfloor and the floor material. The only function of the acoustic floor base is to reduce the amount of impact noise that occurs through the floor, produced by falling objects, footsteps and the movement of furniture over the finishes of hard surfaces of any type of building. As one of the most recent laminated underlayers on the market, it benefits from a unique foam structure, called AeroFoam.
Therefore, when installing new laminate floors on your property, it is essential to invest in a suitable underfloor. Although projects differ in their purpose and also in their budget, a good rubber-based base has been shown to create a fantastic acoustic barrier for hardwood floors. Rubber underlayers are a popular choice for soundproofing floors, as they provide effective sound insulation and help reduce noise pollution, impact noise and energy costs. As it is made of high density foam, it will rectify any imperfections in the subfloor and help create a level surface on which to lay the laminate.
Hard floor finishes, including laminate, engineering, and tile, must use an elastic layer between soundproofing and floor finish.