Not only is it great for noise reduction, acoustic underlay also has other useful advantages.
For those installing new flooring in the home, consider fitting acoustic underlays first especially if you are contemplating hardwood flooring. There is an eco-friendly version for the environmentally conscious that uses recycled resources like cork and rubber as opposed to raw materials. There are numerous benefits to this underlay, some of which are highlighted below:
- Flooring maintenance and comfort
Often combining several layers of spongy material, acoustic underlay provides great underfoot comfort to members of a household. Underlay can make a big difference, especially if installed beneath solid hardwood flooring, as it provides a softer surface, lessening the impact when walking. As a long-term investment, acoustic underlay also supports your flooring, extending its lifespan.
- Noise control
Possibly the most common reason for installing acoustic underlay is its ability to reduce noise levels and vibrations caused by footfall. The underlay absorbs these vibrations and contributes to a quieter home or work environment. Underlay is particularly recommended in apartments, rooms with high ceilings and child/pet-friendly homes as noise and high footfall are common issues that can be resolved with underlay installation.
Check out our ‘Quiet Step’ underlays that can reduce underfoot noise levels by 30%.
- Thermal insulation
Another key benefit and a potential money-saver is the increase of thermal insulation as a result of underlay installation. The multiple layers beneath the floorboards keep the cold from escaping whilst also serving as an extra insulation layer. Less heat is lost through the floorboards and temperatures can be regulated more easily.
- Dust reduction and moisture absorber
For household members that suffer from allergies, underlay is a great investment as it acts as an obstacle for dust particles. Underlay reduces air flow, which consequently reduces the buildup of dust and grime.
In relation to liquid spills, underlay also has moisture resistant qualities, protecting your underflooring from early decay.
You can check out our range of acoustic underlays here.