Nothing is worse than spending time in your own home and being aware of unwanted noise coming from above. Whether it's children running back and forth, moving furniture, screaming, listening to music or listening to the television, hard floor finishes such as laminate, tile and hardwood floors can compound the issue. To reduce impact noise and airborne noise, soundproofing layers are a great option. The GenieMat RST base is an excellent choice for those looking to install laminate floors and dampen the noise that would otherwise be heard by downstairs neighbors.
It's a versatile mat that can be used to insulate a cement subfloor, effectively reducing the amount of impact noise that occurs. In addition to its soundproofing capabilities, the GenieMat RST base is also an incredibly cost-effective option compared to other impact mats on the market. When installing hard floor finishes such as laminate, engineering and tile, an elastic layer between soundproofing and the finish of the floor is necessary. We recommend a sheet material such as a layer or an interlocking MDF.
The layers should be fixed with an adhesive suitable for floors, such as Isobond floor adhesive. To prevent possible side sounds from being transmitted from the floor to the walls, insulate the floor with an insulating tape attached to the wall. 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 in for a snack at midnight. In addition, we have a wide selection of base layers with Transit Sound Insulation which is very useful to install above the ground floor and can give you peace of mind if you live in an apartment.
These lower layers will reduce any stinging sensation on your feet. If you want to know how much sound the lower layer will absorb, we've included traffic sound reduction next to each product in the list below. Companies that sell carpet substrates for their soundproofing qualities cite a figure in dB which only indicates how much airborne noise is blocked on a concrete floor - of which the carpet base only accounts for 5%. All of these acoustic flooring products from the Soundproofing Store are easily installed by an expert DIY enthusiast or a specialized professional. When it comes to choosing new types of flooring, it's important to consider soundproofing solutions. Rubber layers are a popular choice for soundproofing floors as they provide effective sound insulation and help reduce noise pollution, impact noise and energy costs.
If you need an acoustic base for LVT, the best option is to place a 6-9 mm layer on one of the previous acoustic insulation layers to provide a stable base on which to place the LVT. The good news is that you can regain peace and quiet by investing in a soundproof basement floor solution. Being made of high density foam, it will rectify any imperfections in the subfloor and help create a level surface on which to place the laminate. The lower layers of carpets are also not soundproofed in the same way as the base and floor mats of soundproofing.