Acoustics & Timber Flooring

To control the low frequency vibrations, shock absorbing acoustic underlays play an important role to reduce noise transmission to an acceptable level. However, the choice of underlay and system used will also depend on many factors including the type of flooring, slab thickness, ceiling heights and the type of ceiling system beneath.

For acoustic system requirement it is vital you talk with a NS Timber Flooring team member on the available options for your requirements

Underlays & matting

Timber floors are often installed in high-rise and unit developments where it is necessary to reduce to acceptable levels the noise transmission through to the habitable rooms in dwellings below. Due to this timber floors (and other similar hard flooring products including tiles) must be installed on an acoustic underlay.

There are many other factors that relate to the actual noise transmitted including what the floor space is used for, whether soft-soled footwear is encouraged and whether rugs and runners are used in higher foot traffic areas. Each of these can have a profound effect on the actual noise transferred and the amenity of those living beneath the floor.

Acoustic underlays come in different densities, materials, and thicknesses however it is also important to understand that higher or lower density does not necessarily relate to a lower acoustic performance.

Acoustic underlays are available for Traditional Solid Timber Flooring, together with Raw Engineered and Prefinished Engineered Timber Flooring.

Any acoustic requirements should be discussed with an NS Timber Flooring consultant to ensure the appropriate system is selected.

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Installation of parquetry timber flooring over acoustic matting on concrete


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