Benefits of Insulating Your Floors
If you don't live alone, you're probably aware that the noise made in one room by one family member can be heard throughout the house. Children who won't go to sleep, loud stereos or washing machines leaking through the floorboards are considerably worse than a noisy washing machine or dryer. Overflowing noise in your home can be remedied, and one of the best ways to do so is with floor sound insulation.
What Is the Best Place to Install Floor Insulation?
That may seem obvious that floor insulation should be put in place, but it isn't always the case. No, this isn't rocket science, is it? However, there is a lot more to it. The best time to install floor insulation is during the building process. You have the option of using the same fiberglass insulation that has been used on your exterior walls, ceilings, and attic. Cork or rubber-based floor insulation can also be installed at this time.
Because of the sound insulation established during construction, the materials can be inserted between the layers of flooring. In between the floors, there are joists that support a plywood base and then more subflooring. Adding insulation here allows you to utilize heavier materials that may improve soundproofing.
Noise reduction is possible even if your house is already built. It's a great time to replace or repair the flooring in a specific room if you're replacing carpet or other flooring. The results of many home improvement projects will be better if some non-visible changes are performed at the same time as obvious ones. Adding sound insulation to the floor is one example.
It is possible to install new floor insulation immediately after removing the old floor coverings. This can be utilized under a variety of floor coverings, including carpet, vinyl, wood, and ceramic tile. No matter what type of flooring is laid on top, it doesn't make any difference. The type of soundproofing insulation you use is the most important factor.
Most effective will be a material that is self-contained, meaning it is as compact as possible while still having excellent noise reduction properties. Fiberglass insulation is the pink or yellow fluff that has a paper backing. For usage on walls and ceilings, this product is suitable. The most long-lasting flooring underlayment is made of rubber or cork insulation. It will also not significantly raise the floor, making it easier to lay down materials like vinyl.
What's the point of going to such such lengths?
Like the creaks and groans in an old body, a house seems to get noisier with age. The more stable the floors are, the less noise they will absorb from the rooms above, but they will also assist quiet down loud floors where screws have come loose or the boards have warped over time.
Think of soundproofing as an investment in your property. The value will climb as the quality of noise control improves.
Please contact us if you'd like to learn more about soundproofing. Give us a call so we can talk about what's feasible!