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5 materials that are suitable for soundproofing the floor

5 materials that are suitable for soundproofing the floor

The acoustic properties of the material are a factor that must be taken into account when choosing a floor material for your property.

While carpets may be perfect in a school classroom, they would not meet hygiene standards in, for example, an operating theater. In addition to acoustics, there are many other factors to consider - we will now introduce some of them.

Although acoustic floor materials are not universal, there are materials that are slightly better at preventing sound transmission than others.

Here are some of the best acoustic flooring materials:


Carpets or carpet tiles are known to dampen impact sound, making them a perfect choice for hotels, classrooms and offices. Carpets with a higher pile or with a thick underlay are especially practical in absorbing sound and reducing noise.

Cork floors

Cork flooring is a sustainable, comfortable and sound-absorbing floor covering. Despite its tendency to stain and dent, it is often used as a material to provide sound insulation.

Wood-plastic composite floors

This durable, waterproof and easy-to-maintain floor provides great acoustic benefits, especially when it comes to shock absorption, for example when there is high traffic. Its acoustic benefits are largely derived from its back layer, which not only provides sound insulation, but also protects against mold.

Rubber floor

Rubber floors are known for their sound absorbing properties. In addition, they are slip and mold resistant, making them a great choice for hospitals, schools, gyms and kitchens that need acoustically resistant flooring.

Vinyl flooring

Vinyl tile, especially luxury vinyl tile (LVT) installed with a sound-insulating underlay, is a great choice for sound and thermal insulation. Many facilities choose it due to its design versatility, durability and relatively low maintenance costs.

It is clear that a certain floor material will not suit everyone. However, the acoustic quality of the material should not be the only factor you consider when choosing a floor for your home or building. A flooring contractor can walk you through all the factors that need to be considered when choosing the most suitable material for the specific needs of your property, while also taking into account your budget.

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