In applications where acoustics are a key factor, it is essential to glue or float the floor instead of nailing it in order to prevent acoustic energy from traveling directly through the nail, to the subfloor and to the rooms below. An acoustic underlayment made of cork, rubber or foam can further dampen noise and prevent it. Installation of an acoustic underlayment requires an expert DIY enthusiast or craftsman. It is recommended to use an adhesive against impacts on the floor to stick it to the existing floor.
All of the Soundproofing Store acoustic flooring products mentioned above are easily installed and come with complete data sheets and installation guides for soundproofing layers that can be downloaded. Second, choose one of the following acoustic-based layers or soundproofing mats for wooden floors, depending on the level and type of noise. This combination of acoustic base layers allows for much better results with thinner soundproofing products. It works especially well when installing vinyl tiles and planks with an acoustic rubber layer.
You may be wondering if you invest in an acoustic base or soundproofed floor mats, since then you will have restrictions as to the final finish of the floor you can use. This, together with the MuTeMat range, provides the highest performing acoustical base combination and, at the same time, keeps the build-up as thin as possible. If you choose a floating wood floor, it is essential to install an acoustic base on wooden floors, as it will limit the transmission of noise and impacts from one room or floor to another. Because of how small and fragile floor tiles can be, you should not place them on soft, padded bases (such as acoustic base layers), as this increases the chance of them cracking and breaking.
All of the above-mentioned acoustic bases and acoustic mats can be easily placed on them, directly on them. By having several layers of different thicknesses and densities, it can smooth out this drop in performance to achieve the best soundproofing with its acoustic base. As a true pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA), this acoustic-based adhesive has the advantage of being installed both dry to the touch and semi-wet. The best acoustic base on its own is the MuTeMat 3, which helps reduce both impact and airborne noise.
Close hermetically against the wall: place the acoustic base against the wall, place a washer on top of the mat and use the inside of the washer to draw a line on the mat by dragging it across the wall for an exact replica of the shape and curve of the wall. By using acoustic mineral wool, you will achieve an additional benefit of 10 to 15% in reducing noise before placing the soundproofing base. In the case of carpets, you need a product that is soft but does not touch the ground, like many of the acoustic base layers on the market.