When it comes to selecting the best type of acoustic underlay for laminate floors, there are a few factors to consider. The most important factor is the type of material used. Our product team has purposely designed an acoustic felt that is perfect for vinyl flooring, as it is thinner and less dense, allowing it to recover the “bounce” you would experience with other materials. Recycled rubber acoustic layers are also available, but they are not as easy to find in good quality.
Therefore, it is usually not recommended to specify or use a masonry tile floor over a layer of foam or other acoustic layer that is too soft. Specialized manufacturers offer sound-insulated floor layer options that represent a major improvement over standard products. The type of floor you want to install on the acoustic-based mat will influence your choice. For example, the gold EPE foam base is 3 mm thick, providing slightly higher acoustic protection than the general silver option. If the surface on which you are going to carry out the installation is level and prepared correctly, you can use a thin layer of acoustic felt to facilitate transmission of the sound. Marvel hybrid floors are an excellent option as they have the highest acoustic certification without needing an additional underlayer.
There are many subfloor products for sound-insulated floors available, and you can even glue the base to the subfloor before gluing the tread and riser of the ladder to the subfloor. To improve sound reduction qualities, you can use it in conjunction with other acoustic products, such as plates acoustic overlays. Understanding the different materials used to manufacture the acoustic base of floors will allow you to select a product that suits your floor type, performance requirements, budget and ecological credentials. For example, FloorVenue has Marvel SPC Hybrid floors that come with a pre-installed 6-star acoustic layer.