10:31AM | 05/04/03
Member Since: 05/03/03
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I am having a licenced professional contractor do the work of installing laminate floors with an acoustic cushion in my 2nd unit condo. I'm using Wilsonart Classic Tap & Lock with the Wilsonart Acoustic Cushion. My lower level neighbor is very upset because she thinks my installing laminate w/ or w/out the cushion will cause her to hear a much greater level of noise in her unit than she currently experiences. There is a 3" elasticel concrete floor in my unit to reduce the impact of sound transmitting from my unit to the lower unit. I have a warn 15 year old carpet and pad that came standard in this unit - it's the original.

Given these facts, do you think she should expect the new laminate floors would cause substantially higher noise level to be transmitted to her lower level unit?

What is the difference between laminate floors with acoustic cushion Vs Engineered Hardwood floors? I understand that the Engineered wood is some type of wood material that is glued directly down to the concrete or wood floor/wood subfloor or concrete subfloor. Would these considitions be more noisy than laminate w/ acoustic cushion installed on a 3" concrete slab?

What is the expected acoustic difference between laminate with acoustic cushion and hardwood floors being installed on a second floor unit? Would hardwood be more noisy on a second unit than the laminate with an acoustic cushion?

If I install the Wilson acoustic cushion with Wilsonart laminate floors on my second floor unit should the sound transmission be noticeably or significantely more from my unit to the lower unit? Would the sound impact be reduced with area rugs on the acoustic laminate floor?

Thanks for your help!


KD Fisher

12:18AM | 05/13/03
Member Since: 03/17/03
49 lifetime posts

Have you looked into cork underlayment? It's use is common in highrise construction with solid surface flooring.


10:20PM | 07/15/03
Member Since: 07/15/03
9 lifetime posts
I assume you've checked with your condo or strata management to get the okay for this work. Many condo councils require cork underlay since this is supremely superior to others at lowering noise transmission to the unit below. YES the previous poster is exacto-mundo on the cork. Although it is a more expensive alternative, it might be worth doing so that you can be on good terms with your neighbor downstairs.


07:52PM | 07/16/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
542 lifetime posts
i can't give you an exact answer on the sound transmission,but the cork would be the best underlayment,( also anything from mid west padding,felt type pad,not as good as cork ,but very good.)rugs or carpet will cut down sound.good luck


12:03AM | 02/07/08
Member Since: 02/06/08
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I don't believe there is a big difference between hardwood and laminate sound intensity, but I believe that with the right underlay the problem will be solved. check this on-line store - you'll find here many flooring products that may be useful for your flooring project.
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