Choosing floor finishes for the home is usually to improve comfort, usability, and aesthetics of the chosen space. There are so many different flooring options on the market;
1) Carpet – Stretch, Bonded & Carpet Tiles
2) Laminate – 8mm / 10mm / 12mm
3) Timber / Wood – Engineered, Solid, Chevron, Herringbone
4) Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT) – Self adhesive, Acoustic Backed Click, Stick down, Chevron, Herringbone, Long Plank
5) Sheet Vinyl – Cushion backed, acoustic backed, standard
6) None Slip Vinyl – Click, Stick
7) Tiles – Porcelain, Ceramic, large & small format
With all the above in mind, there are endless options of colours and designs available to create the perfect space.
When choosing a final floor finish, it is important to consider the acoustic specification for the particular project. Residential projects such as apartments and flatted dwellings are required to meet Building Regulations Part E Resistance to the Passage of Sound.
How to select the correct acoustic material in conjunction with different floor finishes;
There are several types of acoustic material, these are generally in 3 product groups but not totally limited to;
Airborne Sound Insulation = Products with high mass such as acoustic plasterboard
Sound Absorption = Mineral Fibres, Glass Fibres and open cell foams
Impact Sound Insulation = Resilient Rubber, Cork & Foams
As there are many different types of floor finishes there are as many acoustic materials to compliment those floor finishes. As such it can be complex to specify the correct acoustic system to support the final floor finish & provide the desired acoustic performance.
Galaxy Technical Services can help specify & supply a compatible acoustic solution to support the chosen floor finish ensuring your project is compliant.