There are a few good reasons to soundproof your floors. Either your neighbours are noisy, you make quite a lot of noise yourself, or sound is easily travelling through your home. This piece will look at the best ways to soundproof your floor, from installing floor insulation to using noise-reducing compounds.
Before we start though, it’s important to establish which kind of noise you need to soundproof against — it will either be airborne or impact noise. As the name suggests, airborne noise travels through the air, such as people shouting, music playing, or barking dogs. Whereas impact noise travels through the structure of a property, like footsteps, dropping objects, or the moving of furniture.
As a result, the four types of soundproofing below includes solutions for both airborne and impact noise. Bear in mind that these aren’t necessarily standalone remedies either and can be combined for greater soundproofing.
1. Install acoustic insulation beneath the floorboards
Most people’s minds go to insulation’s thermal properties when thinking about this type of material, but it’s actually great for soundproofing too. In fact, acoustic floor insulation is probably the single best way of reducing the impact of airborne and impact noise in the home because of how thick the materials are. Some common acoustic insulation products include mineral wool slabs, foam strips, and rubber sheets. These are either installed under the floorboards in between the joists of suspended floors, or over the top of solid floors.
For a comprehensive range of acoustic insulation products, check out Building Materials Nationwide Ltd’s selection, which includes all of the materials listed above and more. It’s recommended that you get a professional to install the insulation for you, otherwise you risk failing to do so properly and not getting the desired effect.
2. Lay down carpets or rugs
The simplest way to soften the sound of impact noises on your floor is to lay down carpets or rugs. What’s more, these materials also make the room less likely to produce an echo. And if you don’t want to splash out huge amounts on having carpets installed throughout the house, rugs are a fairly cost-effective solution that have a similar impact.
When it comes to deciding which types of carpet or rugs to buy, we recommend going for more tightly-woven materials instead of loose types, as they trap sound much better. For carpets, suppliers like the aptly-named Carpets Delivered are the way to go, while for rugs, browse Rug Direct’s range for a huge variety of colours, sizes, and styles.
3. Put down rubber floor mats
For particularly loud contraptions like TVs, washing machines, and speakers, a quickfire way to dampen the airborne noises they create is by placing rubber floor mats underneath them. You’ve likely encountered these mats in a gym or child’s play area before, and they’re not only soft to walk and jump on but great for soundproofing purposes.
Don’t worry though, they don’t all come in garish bright colours, and you can cut them down to size to fit different areas of your property. You may even want to put rugs over the mats for greater soundproofing qualities and a better appearance. One of the best places to buy one is Floor Mats, which specialise in products like these.
4. Use noise-reducing compound products
Believe it or not, there are actually noise-reducing compound products you can apply to your floor for extra soundproofing. These are a form of adhesive that absorbs vibrations, and are simple enough to apply by yourself with gloves on. Simply get a caulk gun and distribute it across the floor before laying a hardboard or underlay over the top. The compound itself isn’t at all harmful and is easy enough to clean away too.
All in all, noise-reducing compounds take around a month to get up to their peak performance, by which stage they can reduce vibrations by 90%. By far the biggest brand on the market is Green Glue, which can also help you achieve an LEED Certification, an internationally recognised symbol of sustainability.