How to Soundproof a Hardwood Floor

How to Soundproof Hardwood Floors
March 01, 2019

Knowing how to soundproof a hardwood floor can be a valuable skill in a wide variety of situations. If you own an apartment building or manage a hotel with hardwood floors, every footstep, dropped item and dragged piece of furniture will travel to the room below, which can be annoying for tenants or guests. In addition, some building codes and housing organizations may require that floors have adequate soundproofing.

Ways to Soundproof Hardwood Floors

While you can soundproof a floor by putting carpet over it, this can defeat the purpose of having a hardwood floor and also may not provide you with adequate soundproofing. A much better solution is to put down an underlayment, a barrier made of sound blocking or dampening material that goes underneath the hardwood floor, with the hardwood surface then glued or nailed down on top of it — gluing is recommended, as some sound could travel via the nails.

Benefits of Soundproofing Hardwood Floors

Once you know you have adequately soundproofed your hardwood floors, you can enjoy a number of benefits, including not having to worry about whether your rooms are up to building codes, a much more peaceful environment in locations where you have hardwood floors and greater satisfaction of tenants or guests who are paying you to maintain acceptable living conditions.

In addition, putting in quality soundproofing can increase the value of a property, be it a home, apartment complex or commercial facility. Knowing that the property is a sound-controlled environment can be a great selling point and help you sell, faster and for more money, giving you a great return on your soundproofing investment.

Contact Soundproof Cow for Floor Underlayment and All Your Soundproofing Needs

The ideal product for soundproofing a hardwood floor is Soundproof Cow’s Impact Barrier QT Flooring Underlayment in Low Duty, Medium Duty or Heavy Duty. This is an environmentally-friendly soundproofing material that comes in thicknesses varying from 1/8 inch to 3/8 inch and that will not be noticeable once installed.

It is made up of 92 percent recycled tire rubber, so it is easier and safer to install and better for the environment, while still being highly effective at blocking both impact and airborne noise. This material outperforms plastic membranes, cork, felt and roofing membranes, providing the highest IIC-rating improvement according to hundreds of independent field and laboratory tests.

Soundproof Cow has Impact Barrier QT Flooring Underlayment as well as a full range of soundproofing products to protect your entire home or facility from unwanted sounds, available to deliver to you right now. Order today, or contact us to learn more about hardwood floor soundproofing or our other soundproofing options.


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About Ryan Yaukey

Soundproof Cow Representative

Ryan has been with since 2013 working on many different types of commercial projects. He specializes in custom applications required by specific building codes and architects. He started in the construction industry building houses. These projects taught him how to construct a home based on standard building codes in Pennsylvania. While on college breaks, he worked on electrical, plumbing, drywall repair, and all types of property maintenance. These skills allow him to remodel portions of his own properties, as well as assist contractors, architects, and homeowners complete their soundproofing renovations successfully. In the beginning if his career at he specialized in working with flooring contractors. This experience made him very familiar with STC and IIC ratings for a variety of assemblies. These IIC-rated assemblies determine how much impact sounds transfer in condos and multicomplex facilities which can be a major nuisance. Knowledge of these ratings as well as all types of soundproofing products, have given Ryan the ability to fix customers’ noise issues. His research on all types of soundproofing and sound absorption products foreign and domestic allow him to procure and customize the correct products for a client’s specific need. Please reach out with any questions regarding soundproofing, sound absorption or the application of materials.

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