The Importance of Acoustic Flooring in Your Commercial Property

Acoustic Floor

Have you ever been in a hotel or lived in an apartment where you heard people stomping around above you? How about working in an office and hearing all the chairs moving and feeling doors slamming on different floors? Turns out, there is a way to lessen that noise and vibration to allow for peace and comfort on every floor. It all comes down to the flooring.

Acoustic flooring is a great way to control noise and vibration in commercial properties. Whether from foot traffic, carts or vibrating machinery, floors bear the brunt of impact within your building. The sound and vibration generated by this impact can be transmitted through the structure of your building, disturbing its occupants. Acoustic flooring is designed to insulate noise, preventing its transmission from your flooring into the rooms below. Airborne sound typically stems from people, speakers, and instruments. Like impact sound, airborne sound can transmit through your flooring into other parts of your structure. Depending on the material, acoustic flooring can absorb airborne noise and prevent its transmission.

While acoustic flooring materials are not one-size-fits-all, there are some materials that are better at preventing sound transmission than others.

• Carpet is known for mitigating impact sound, making it a perfect choice for hotels, classrooms, and offices. Higher pile carpets or carpets with a thick pad underneath, are especially good at absorbing sound and reducing transmission.

• Cork flooring is a sustainable, comfortable, and sound-absorbent flooring option perfect for many commercial applications. It is often used as an underlay to provide acoustic insulation.

• Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) is durable, waterproof, easy to maintain and provides great acoustic benefits, especially when it comes to mitigating the impact noise such as high foot traffic. Its acoustic benefits are largely drawn from its backing layer, which not only provides sound insulation, but also protects against mold and mildew.

• Commercial rubber flooring is known for its sound absorbent qualities. More than that, it is slip, mold and mildew resistant. It is a great choice for hospitals, schools, gyms, and kitchens looking for a durable acoustic flooring material.

• Vinyl tile, especially luxury vinyl tile (LVT) installed with a sound-insulating underlayment, is a great resilient flooring option used for sound treatment. It is selected by many facilities due to its design versatility, durability, and relatively low maintenance costs.

To reduce noise and vibration in residential or commercial buildings, application of soundproof subfloors, underlayment, and pads when installing flooring significantly decreases sound transmission from one space to another. The ability to provide a quiet working or living environment with proper acoustic floor insulation is a major benefit for all.