Noise reduction is an essential factor to consider when it comes to flooring. The right underlay can make a huge difference in the amount of sound that is blocked from entering or leaving a room. But with so many options available, it can be difficult to know which one is best for your needs. In this article, we'll discuss the different types of acoustic bases and soundproof mats, as well as the factors you should consider when selecting the best underlay for noise reduction.
The most effective acoustic bases are those that stop the noise of footsteps, LVT laminated subfloors, and television and speech noise. It is recommended to use an acoustic mat with a minimum thickness of 8 mm and a noise reduction of at least 40 decibels (dB). The Noisestop acoustic base provides a good level of reduction compared to standard floor constructions and can help meet building regulations for new construction and conversions. The subfloor also plays an important role in thermal insulation, as it absorbs irregularities and insulates the floor from noise. When choosing the best soundproof subfloor, Roberts Super Felt Premium has sound-absorbing properties with a Delta IIC 2 rating.
The MuteMat 3 is the best acoustic base on its own, as it helps reduce both impact and airborne noise. It is not necessary to have a soundproof undercoat in every room, but it is important to understand the type of noise you are trying to reduce in order to choose the right acoustic base. There are many sound-insulating floor covering products on the market, including thin acoustic felt bases that can help reduce sound transmission if the surface is properly leveled and prepared. When installing tiles, it is not advisable to place them on soft, padded bases (such as acoustic bases) as this increases the chance of them cracking and breaking. For carpets, you need a product that is soft but doesn't hit rock bottom, as is the case with most acoustic bases. Companies that sell carpet layers often provide a figure in dB that indicates how much airborne noise is blocked on a concrete floor. The soundproof carpet base layer incorporates high-mass materials to reflect airborne noise, while the normal base layer has a relatively low mass.
When investing in an acoustic base or soundproof mats, you should be aware that there may be restrictions on the final finish of the floor you can use. In conclusion, selecting the best underlay for noise reduction requires careful consideration of your specific needs. It's important to understand what type of noise you are trying to reduce and choose an appropriate acoustic base or soundproof mat accordingly. Additionally, make sure to check any restrictions on the final finish of your floor before making your purchase.