If a floor restoration or remodeling project is on your mind, you might want to consider installing soundproof flooring for a valuable and lucrative property upgrade. There are several options and methods for soundproofing floors, so it is best to discuss your property’s needs with a licensed flooring contractor. They can provide recommendations and estimates specific to your property’s layout. In the meantime, continue reading to learn 3 important tips that can help you decide on the right flooring approach.
❶ Replace Your Floors
If your floors are hardwood, laminate, tile, or some other type of hard surface material, sound is embellished. Carpeting is much quitter, and a sensible technique for soundproofing floors. Carpet is convenient because it is easy to install, usually taking anywhere between 3 and 8 hours depending on square-footage and existing flooring conditions. Carpet is also cheaper, so it’s a cost-effective alternative to other soundproofing methods. If you wish to replace your flooring with hard-surface material, talk to your contractor about the sound ratings among different species of wood and types of manufactured wood materials.
❷ Cancel Out Noise
In addition to replacing your floors, you can heighten the level of noise cancellation by installing supplementary components in between the flooring and the sub-flooring to absorb sound. This includes using materials like cork or acoustic tiles. Cork is very dense, so just a thin layer is needed to absorb extra noise. Acoustic tiles are used in recording studios and large-space commercial properties because they are highly-effective noise-cancellation mechanisms. They are designed to dull echoes and reverberations, and work well for floors too.
❸ If You Can’t Remodel Your Floors
Sometimes replacing or remodeling your floors is not an option. If you rent, for example, you cannot make these kinds of structural changes. But there are still soundproofing options you can try. Purchase area rugs and carpets for high-traffic areas in the main and upper levels of your home to soften noises from above. You can also try invoking a “no shoes” policy to quieten the sounds of foot traffic throughout the home.