The primary purpose of an acoustic underlay is to reduce the amount of impact noise that passes through the floor due to falling objects, footsteps, and furniture movement. This type of soundproofing product is often composed of several layers of spongy material, providing comfort and sound absorption. Acoustic underlays are essential for meeting strict building codes, and they can be used in both residential and commercial projects. When installing a new floor in the home, it is recommended to install an acoustic base first, especially if you are considering hardwood floors.
The science behind acoustic underlays can be complex, but the main factors for reducing sound come down to three components: thickness, density, and tightness against the wall. 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. The MuteMat 3 is one of the highest-performing acoustic bases on the market, and it helps reduce both impact and airborne sound. It also allows you to comply with construction regulations without using any other material.
Additionally, this type of acoustic base provides great comfort when stepping on the feet of family members. Floorscan Acoustics is one of the largest independent insulation providers offering acoustic solutions for residential and commercial projects. They offer a range of products, including acoustic subfloors for hard surface floors and carpet cushions for soft surface floors. By working with a flooring contractor, you can choose the best acoustic paving system for your application.