Soundproofing floors generally requires laying down a soundproof floor underlayment directly on top of your sub floor. Any old flooring, such as carpet and pad or tile flooring etc. will need to be removed prior to laying down the soundproof floor underlayment.
Here at Soundproofing America US, Inc we carry a wide variety of soundproof floor underlays and we can find one that will meet your needs as well as your budget..
Once the subfloor is cleaned and ready to lay down the soundproofing, it is recommended that you apply a sub floor to rubber adhesive directly to the subfloor to assure good adherence of the soundproofing and to prevent it from shifting. The adhesive is not essential, but it is highly recommended.
After the adhesive has been applied, it is time to roll out the soundproof flooring. It is best to start on one side of the room and work your ways across. You want the soundproofing to cover the entire sub floor completely from wall to wall. Once the soundproof flooring material is installed onto the subfloor, it is recommended that you caulk all of the seams as well as around the perimeter of the soundproofing material using an acoustical caulk. Now that the soundproofing is completely installed and sealed, it is time to install your new floor. You have the option of installing an engineered wood floor or a laminate or even a ceramic or porcelain tile floor. As a general rule you can install just about any kind of flooring directly over top of the soundproofing material. There are a few exceptions. However. if you are going to install a nail down wood floor, you will need to install a backer board over top of the soundproof membrane. The soundproofing is a recycled rubber and will not hold the nails. Also with certain porcelain or marble tiles (smaller size), you will need to install a concrete board over top of the soundproofing to prevent the tile or marble from shifting or cracking. The professionals at Soundproofing America US can help you determine the best way to install your new flooring over top of our soundproofing products. Don’t hesitate to call them toll free at 1-(800) 823-6817.