November 29, 2017
Before choosing an acoustic floor membrane, either for a new construction or a renovation, it is important to first determine which floor covering will be used. In the case of a condominium, you must first inquire about the acoustic recommendations of your building. Then, you will need to identify the type of flooring you are planning on installing. AcoustiTECH offers a wide range of acoustic membranes for glued down or floated applications meeting (and often exceeding) all requirements of manufacturers of hardwood, engineered, laminate, vinyl and ceramic flooring.
Aside from the acoustic efficiency, the mechanical or structural stability is a very important selection criteria when choosing a membrane. In most cases, the membrane must meet the manufacturer’s recommendations in terms of mechanical stability (thickness, density, internal cohesion) in order for the warranty to be effective. Too often, this aspect is neglected by consumers and failing to meet the requirements can lead to expensive issues such as deformation, crackling or lifting of the floor covering.
As an example, choose the type of floor covering you want; glued or floating engineered wood, nailed hardwood, vinyl, ceramic, etc. Then, make sure the acoustic membrane selected is suitable and meets the manufacturer’s recommendation and acoustic requirements of your condo board. Otherwise, you may choose a membrane that is too thick or too soft, or whose mechanical strength is insufficient to retain the movements of the floor covering caused by normal ambient humidity variations.
In summary, all floor coverings are not made equal and offer advantages and disadvantages. Choosing the appropriate acoustic membrane suitable for each floor covering type is the key to a successful install.
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AcoustiTECH specializes in acoustic solutions and offers the most effective solutions available for mitigating sound in multi-storey residential projects. Our partnership with Soprema & Fermacell allows us to expand our portfolio with efficient and diversified acoustic solutions. Our approach to sound-insulation is quite different than most as we ask questions about the nature of your building, your acoustic need or requirement and finally your budget. Once we have a better understanding of the big picture we simply provide "acoustical recipes" (options) which can allow you to save money, improve the sound quality of your building and/or even change the way you build. We back this up with a team of acoustic experts whom will help you reach your goals and rest easy regarding sound issues in your building. We are the reference when it comes to sound insulation of multi-storey buildings
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