Installing an acoustic underlay in your home or commercial space can provide a range of benefits, from reducing impact noise to preventing the transmission of sound and heat. An acoustic underlay is a layer of foam or rubber that is placed between the floorboards and the subfloor. It is primarily used to reduce noise caused by impacts and environmental noise, and is often installed in apartments, townhouses, and other commercial areas. The acoustic underlay helps to soften loud sounds, creating a quieter and more peaceful indoor environment. This combination of acoustic bases allows you to get much better results with the thinnest soundproofing products.
The primary function of the acoustic floor base is to reduce the amount of impact noise that travels through the floor due to falling objects, footsteps, and the movement of furniture on hard surface finishes. For example, FloorVenue has a Marvel SPC hybrid floor which comes pre-installed with a 6-star acoustic base. By having several layers of varying thicknesses and densities, you can smooth out this drop in performance and achieve the best soundproofing with your acoustic base layer. This affordable acoustic floor base made of recycled rubber is easily installed with DA-5 adhesive to reduce noise caused by vibration between floor and ceiling assemblies. In these situations, it is almost always necessary to use an acoustic floor layer to meet these standards. In the case of carpets, you need a product that is soft but doesn't hit rock bottom, as is the case with most acoustic bases on the market.
The best acoustic base on its own is the MuteMat 3, which helps reduce impact and airborne sound. The science behind underlying acoustic layers can be complicated, but the main factors for reducing sound come down to three components: mass, damping, and decoupling. This acoustic floor base is excellent for reducing vibrational noise produced by mechanical sources between floor and ceiling assemblies, such as steps, gym equipment, laundry machines, speakers, printers and much more. This, together with the MuteMat range, provides the combination of highest-performing acoustic bases and keeps the build-up as thin as possible. To seal tightly against the wall: place the acoustic base against the wall, place a washer on the mat and use the inside of the washing machine to draw a line along the mat by dragging the washer along the wall to get an exact replica of the shape and curve of the wall. The base layer of gold EPE foam is 3 mm thick and offers slightly higher acoustic protection than the standard silver option. Marvel hybrid floors can be installed almost anywhere as they have the highest acoustic certification without needing an additional base layer.