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Acoustic Flooring

Acoustic Flooring: Why Rubber is the Ideal Choice

Acoustic rubber flooring is an excellent choice for most residential applications. These acoustic walls, ceilings, and floors help to control reverberations in buildings and various rooms within buildings. 

The sound-dampening rubber materials are ideal for use in hospitals, schools, homes, auditoriums, theaters, concert halls, clubs/bars/pubs, retail stores, offices, and anywhere else that has a need to control sound.

Acoustic flooring is an incredibly effective way of achieving optimum sound absorption in your premises. 

And here are some of the reasons why the rubber is the ideal choice for Acoustic flooring: 

1. Rubber is an effective sound treatment

When you make noise inside your room, it is reflected or transmitted by your wall, ceiling, and floor. Installing rubber floors can prevent sound transmission from your upper floor to your lower floor. 

To fully soundproof your room, you can also go for acoustic ceiling and wall treatments by covering them with rubber.

Rubber has sound absorbent qualities. It can soundproof your room by adding mass to prevent sound waves from escaping a wall, ceiling, or floor.

Many schools, hospitals, studios, gyms, and kitchens that need acoustic flooring material, opt for rubber flooring. Moreover, it is durable, slip-resistant, and can prevent moisture. 

You can place rubber under any equipment causing floor vibrations. You can also place it on the desk, laboratory table, or counter to stop excess noise and vibrations.

The rubber material can also be placed under your washing machine or refrigerator. Rubber flooring is especially recommended if you reside in an upstairs flat and have people living below.

2. It prevents transmission of impact and airborne sounds

Generally, acoustic flooring should stop the transmission of two types of noise- impact sound and airborne sound. 

Whether it is from foot traffic or vibrating equipment, floors receive the impact inside your building. The sound energy from the impact is then transmitted through the building structure, creating annoying noise.

Acoustic flooring can cut off impact noise and stop its transmission from your floor into the rooms underneath. You can measure the effectiveness of a flooring material at stopping the transmission of impact noise by its impact insulation class (IIC). If a flooring material’s IIC is high, it provides more impact sound insulation. High-quality rubber flooring is known to have a high IIC rating.

Airborne sound is usually created by speakers, instruments, and people. This sound can also transmit through your floor into different parts of your building.

You can measure the ability of a material to stop the transmission of airborne sound via sound transmission class (STC). Commercial rubber flooring has the ability to prevent airborne sound. 

3. Rubber can have a damping and decoupling effect.

Damping is a part of soundproofing. This process involves controlling shocks and vibrations. Elements such as graphite are added to regular rubber to increase its viscoelasticity and damping properties in general, disperse seismic energy, and thus lessen the seismic response of the structure and elongate the structural period.

If appropriately used, rubber can have a good damping effect. It can dissipate vibrational energy before it builds up.

The best soundproof flooring is manufactured using high-density, compression-molded rubber. They typically come in interlocking tiles and have the best structure for damping sound vibrations.   

Thick rubber mats that are at least 1inches thick works best for soundproofing, provided they are installed correctly. The effect will be more apparent if you install a thick underlay under the rubber. It will offer an extra dampening barrier between the rubber and the floor surface, thus reducing the transmission of vibration into the floor. Plus, it will extend the life span of your rubber floor.

Decoupling is another technique used to soundproof a space. In this process, the two sides of a structure are separated so that the sides vibrate independently. Usually, flexible isolation clips and pads that can damp sound are used. You can also use thick rubber to serve as a shock-absorber.

4. Rubber adds mass to stop sound waves from escaping a wall   

People add dense mass material to ensure that that sound wave doesn’t escape a foundation wall. In this technique of soundproofing, several layers of a dense material are used to keep annoying noises out and wanted sound within the room.

You can use thick layers of rubber to add mass to your wall.

Therefore, you can clearly see the use of rubber in various techniques meant to reduce unwanted noises in space.

Wrapping-Up

The question of the best acoustic flooring material isn’t really a question at all—it’s rubber. And the points mentioned above can attest to this statement. 

Rubber-based acoustic flooring and tiles are an excellent way to turn any space into a soundproof area, whether you’re looking to improve the acoustics in your recording studio, live room, or control room, or want to insulate your garage or basement for storage purposes.

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