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01:45PM | 06/30/14
Member Since: 06/30/14
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I own and live in a Second Floor Condo. The HOA requires that anywhere there is carpet can only be replaced with carpet. In understanding this was understandable when the place with built in the early 80's. However, I would think that in the 21st century there must be ways to sound proof nearly any type of flooring. The worst part IMO is there is currently carpet in the Master Bathroom, even around the toilet.

I'd really like have a cork floor installed. I do not want to be a bad neighbor and drive my downstairs neighbor to drink with noise. There is currently lino in the guest bathroom/laundry area and tile in the kitchen. I'm willing to pay for the best possible sound damping solution. I'd actually like to put hardwood in the rest of the condo, because of having asthma, but I'll put in new carpet just because its likely the only way I'd be able to convince the HOA to allow the cork in the bathrooms.

What would be the most effective sound proof solution other than new padded carpet in my master bathroom for my situation?

Duane, Moderator

10:47PM | 07/02/14
Member Since: 11/14/13
90 lifetime posts
Thanks for your question,
I would start of with picking the cork that you like and then check the carpet allowed from the hoa and then have your floor contract show you the acoustical properties of the cork and then on the carpet. This could very well be in your favor.

Duane, Moderator

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