Unless you live alone, you can hear the noise from everyone beyond the room they're in. Even worse is the sounds seeping through your flooring and into the rooms below. The solution to noise overflow within your home is sound reducing floors.
To be the most effective, install floor insulation during the construction phase of a home. Place the insulation materials between the floor joists, the plywood base and the additional sub-flooring. By adding insulation here, you can add thicker materials that may offer extra soundproofing. At this point, you can also install corking or rubber-based floor insulations.
If you are wanting to improve the noise level in an existing home, the best time when you're replacing or repairing the current flooring. Once you remove the old flooring, the new floor insulation can be added directly to the top of the sub-flooring. This can be placed under the carpet, ceramic tile or wood. It really doesn't matter what type of flooring is going on top, it's the type of insulation you use to soundproof that matters.
The best insulation would be the thinnest with the most noise reduction capabilities. For floors, rubber or cork insulation provides the most durable underlying material. It won't raise floors significantly and allows flooring materials, such as vinyl, to go down smoothly.
As houses age, the creaks and noises seem to increase not too much differently than an aging body! You are giving the floors more stability by adding floor sound insulation. This will help quiet squeaky floors that have had their screws come a little loose over the years. It also helps boards that might have warped a bit. Most of all, it will reduce the amount of noise seeping from the rooms above.
Consider improving the quality of noise control in your house. Sound reducing floors in your home is an investment that increases the value… and saves your sanity.
Steve started his flooring industry journey as an installation helper over 20 years ago. After only two short years of being an apprentice, he was running his own crew. He continued to do installations on the side along with a wide range of construction jobs, including plumbing, roofing, flooring, building maintenance and more. He enjoyed working and building relationships with customers, so he started focusing on sales in 2001. Visit Steve at our Highland, Indiana showroom to utilize his immense insight and incredible knowledge of any flooring project you have.