We’ve all heard footsteps and other ruckus on the floor above us at least once or twice. Not only is it disruptive, but it’s just straight up irritating. It’s no wonder some people prefer one story homes or to be put on the last floor of an apartment complex. Even still, there are those whose dreams are to have a two-story home, and many who currently live in one. If that’s you, you’re probably thinking of ways to reduce noise and avoid the commotion from above. Lucky for you, there are flooring options you can consider to help get rid of the noise on your ceiling. This will provide a better environment for your family as well as guests.
Flooring to Reduce Noise
While hardwood is an all-time favorite, it may not be the best option for your second story to reduce noise. One alternative is laminate flooring. In addition to being less noisy than hardwood, it is also warmer underfoot. With laminate, you can customize it to your style preference. With wood-look laminates, you can still carry out your favorite hardwood design with the quality of laminate flooring. Improvements in the structure and design of laminate have led to a variety colors and finishes. Additionally, laminate flooring provides durability and easy maintenance. To achieve maximum comfort and peace, investing in padded underlay will provide yet another layer of protection against noise and damage.
Probably the most famous and widely known for its comfort is carpet. It is not only a great option to block out noisy footsteps, but it will most likely be the most comfortable underfoot. Installing padded underlay will only add to that comfort. Another benefit of carpet is that it is good at absorbing sound. This averts any irritation from footsteps and commotion to those below. Carpet is available in various colors and textures. There are four main types of carpet constructions:
- Cut Pile
- Berber (Loop)
- Patterned Loop
Among the four, you can decide on your preference of color, design, and texture. The majority of carpet styles are plush and loop. Depending on preference, homeowners can choose between smooth, textured, twisted, and shaggy carpet. All serve their unique purposes. But if your goal is to level down on noise, the thickest carpet available will be a great match and better yet, more comfortable to walk on barefoot. It’s a win-win!
Soundproofing to Reduce Noise
Underlayment options are a great one to consider. Although it is an extra step in the installation process, you’ll be glad about your decision in the long run. The primary purpose of underlayment is to make your flooring surface more smooth and even for any installations above it. In addition to that, they also make for a softer platform underfoot and help to reduce noise. Some underlayment materials include foam or cork, which are typically installed underneath carpet or laminate flooring. The softer kinds of underlayment, which often come in rolls of foam or cork, are great choices to block noise. Quite the contrary, there are also cement underlayment options that sustain harder materials such as ceramic, hardwood, or porcelain tile.
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