Installing an acoustic underlay in your home or commercial space can provide a range of benefits, from reducing impact noise to preventing the transmission of sound and heat. This layer of foam or rubber is placed between the floorboards and the subfloor, and is often used in apartments, townhouses, and other commercial areas. In addition to acoustic protection, the base can also act as a moisture barrier and thermal insulator. The carpet softens loud sounds and creates a quieter and more peaceful indoor environment. The best acoustic base on its own is the MuTeMat 3, which helps reduce both impact and aerial sound.
This acoustic floor base is excellent for reducing vibrational noise from mechanical sources between floor and ceiling assemblies, such as steps, gym equipment, laundry machines, speakers, printers, and more. The only function of the acoustic floor base is to reduce the amount of impact noise that is transmitted through the floor by falling objects, footsteps and the movement of furniture over the hard surface finishes of any type of building. For example, FloorVenue has Marvel SPC hybrid floors that have a pre-installed 6-star acoustic layer. By having several layers of different thicknesses and densities, it can smooth out this drop in performance and achieve the best soundproofing with its acoustic base. 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.
In the case of carpets, you need a product that is soft but does not touch the bottom, like many of the acoustic base layers of market. Marvel hybrid floors can be installed practically anywhere, as they have the highest acoustic certification without the need for an additional underlayer. In these situations, it is almost always necessary to use an acoustic floor layer to comply with these regulations. The MuTeMat 3 is the best acoustic base that helps you meet the construction standards of Part E without the need to use any other material. However, in other places there are no requirements or local legislation, so having an acoustic base for floors can still be beneficial. The science behind acoustic subfloor layers can be complicated, but the main factors for reducing sound come down to three components: thickness, density, and air gap.
This combination of acoustic subfloor layers allows for much better results with thinner soundproofing products. The gold EPE foam base is 3 mm thick, offering slightly greater acoustic protection than the one with the general silver option. Installing an acoustic underlay can provide numerous benefits for your home or commercial space. Not only does it reduce impact noise and prevent sound transmission between floors and ceilings, but it also acts as a moisture barrier and thermal insulator. The MuTeMat 3 is one of the best acoustic bases on its own that helps reduce both impact and aerial sound.
Marvel SPC hybrid floors also have a pre-installed 6-star acoustic layer that provides excellent soundproofing capabilities. Finally, understanding how thickness, density, and air gap affect soundproofing can help you choose an effective acoustic subfloor layer.