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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

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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 3 years ago by LCD




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