Acoustic Floor Systems

Excessive sound can have an interesting effect on people – from causing stress or headaches to decreasing levels of learning and focus. The easiest way to reduce sound is to control the source. In this case, acoustic flooring is key to controlling sound and creating a positive environment.

For schools, proper acoustic performance creates a quiet atmosphere to help children learn. In offices, it reduces stress and can help prevent agitation. For hospitals and elderly homes, more peaceful environments help people recover – even if the medical staff is busy working around them.

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What is Acoustic Flooring?

When it comes to flooring, the more muffled the sound, the better. However, not all flooring choices are naturally sound absorbent – such as hard flooring including tile or stone.

That’s where acoustic floor systems come into play.

More than just the top layer of flooring affects sound transmission. The underlayment and subfloor, adhesives and sealants can all also be contributing factors. If used on a higher floor in a multi-story structure, insulation between the floor of one room and the ceiling of the room below also plays a part in decreasing sound.

As leaders in acoustic systems and solutions, Acousti Engineering Company of Florida has the knowledge and expertise to find you an acoustic flooring system that will suit your project and budget.

Common Soundproofing Options for Flooring

The first option in sound reduction through flooring is to choose a material that absorbs more sound.

For example, carpet is the most absorbent flooring option available. Sound waves are effectively absorbed and deflected by the carpet and by the padding under the carpet, and the level of sound absorption can be improved with a thicker pad. Carpet is usually the cheapest option in the short run, but can also cause issues in terms of durability, cleaning, and allergy aggravation.

Another option to help absorb sound is using an acoustic underlayment – which is applied over the subflooring but underneath the final flooring. Common underlay materials include cork, vinyl, rubber, and foam.

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