Ask Your Question

Angie's List Answers is the trusted spot to ask home improvement and health questions and get answers from service companies, health providers and consumers. For ratings and reviews on companies in your area, search Angie's List.

Top 30 Days Experts
Rank Leader Points*
1 kstreett 240
2 Guest_9020487 110
3 Guest_9190926 105
4 GoldenKid 100
5 ahowell 95
6 KnowledgeBase 95
7 skbloom 80
8 Guest_98024861 70
9 Guest_9311297 70
10 Guest_9400529 70

*Updates every 4 hours

Browse Projects By Category

Question DetailsAsked on 2/24/2016

How to install hardwood/laminate flooring to reduce footfall sounds for condo neighbors below?

Condo second floor, looking for most sound shielding way to install hardwood flooring

Do you have the same question? Follow this Question

1 Answer


A hard flooring like that is NOT the way to dampen footfalls - though a rubber foam or felt underlayment sound absorbent pad (made especially for that purpose) can make a big difference. Usually, to dampen footfall sound you would use a heavy carpet like a berber over a thick soft foam (the yellow stuff) or felt pad. Also - nail down hardwood would be out - the nails hold it down tight (so better sound transmission) plus the nails will carry sound well, which you don't want - so it going with a hard surface flooring use a floating one.

You can google this search phrase to find articles at a number of manufacturer websites for that - rubber foam sound absorbent carpet pad

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

Related Questions

Terms Of Use
Privacy Policy