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How to Reduce Noise Using Underlay

 


 Sound can travel through liquids, solids or gases making it one of the biggest nuisances for every home. Underlay can reduce acoustic noises, underlay reduces sound from travelling from one place to another. Underlay also dramatically improves sound and heat insulation, underlay can help cut your energy bills helping reduce costs and provide comfort to your home, it’s the best investment you can make long term for your home.
 

How Can Underlay Reduce Sound and Loud Noises?

There are lots of different materials that can be used for sound reduction, all with their own list of benefits. Some materials that are effective are foam and sponge, used as underlay they can reduce sound waves, you can purchase foam and sponge underlay from us at InsulationBee.co.uk. These materials will protect your flooring above and do a great job at sound reduction.

 

What is Impact Noise Reduction?

Impact noise is sound when two surfaces collide, and it is exactly what underlay is designed for. This is generally the sound of footsteps, dropping items etc.  This is much easier to block out whilst keeping your home comfortable. The foam and sponge material are excellent at blocking out this kind of noise, which is why it is used within underlay.

 


Sub-floor Types

As with most things, starting with a good foundation will lead to better results in the long term. Getting the right underlay for your sub-floor will protect and preserve your new flooring, as well as making sure the groundwork is flat and smooth before laying the new floor. Most sub-floors will be either wood or concrete.

 


Underlay for LVT

LVT is a floating floor which lays loosely over your subfloor. The laminate panels need to be evenly distributed and attached in place, so they don’t move or warp. A lot of subfloors are slightly uneven or bumpy, which can affect the quality of the installation. Installing an underlay evens out any imperfections in the subfloor, allowing the laminate to be level and stable. Underlay for LVT extends the lifespan of the flooring and helps you save in the long run.

 


Carpet Underlay

For carpeted floors a layer of underlay has many benefits one being how it prolongs the life of a new carpet. Underlay acts as a shock absorber against wear and tear and will prevent the carpet from squashing, which can extend the lifetime of your carpet by half its usual life cycle.

 

Engineered Wood Underlay

As with carpet underlay, having a layer between the wood and sub-floor provides thermal and audio insulation. The acoustics of a room are improved when underlay is used with engineered wood, especially important for rooms in which you play music or cinema rooms. Underlay doesn’t completely soundproof a room but rather it reduces impact noises considerably, so is a must for rooms above the ground floor and those with noisy neighbours.



 

Underfloor Heating

Underfloor heating systems can be used with underlay, but you need to select the right type for both the kind of sub-floor and floor that is being laid. There are different types of underfloor heating which require different types of underlay. Contact us at Insulationbee.co.uk our friendly and knowledgeable staff can advise you on which products to use in combination for the best results. 


Buy your Soundproofing products with us today at www.insulationbee.co.uk or speak to one of our friendly staff on 02038839057

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