July 17, 2018
Vinyl floors are becoming increasingly popular in the flooring market. Inspired by floating floors, planks or vinyl tiles offer many benefits. However, some popular beliefs, including their acoustic properties, are questioned. Before choosing this choice of flooring, learn more by reading our article.
There are several advantages to choosing vinyl (planks or tiles):
After a difficult start, the product is now in focus but we still find low-end products that we simply advise to avoid, because the thickness is often 2.5mm. A thin vinyl is more at risk of indentation than a thicker vinyl. That is, it is less resistant to marks and scuffs of furniture legs and appliances. Also, it is more likely to be delaminated, so that its wear surface is detached from the rest of the product.
In most cases, it is wrong to believe that a vinyl floor installed alone offers acoustic properties. However, there are effective acoustic solutions on the market to soundproof this type of floor covering. However, some limitations must be respected. The installation can be floated ("click" system) directly on the substrate with our AcoustiTECH LV membrane. In this case, the total thickness of planks or tiles must be at least 4mm. The installation can also be glued with the same AcoustiTECH LV membrane. The total thickness in this case must be at least 3.2mm with beveled joints. Use only an adhesive specifically designed for vinyl planks and tiles and recommended by the flooring’s manufacturer and the acoustic membrane’s manufacturer. This type of installation is more resistant to lateral displacement and the presence of water because the adhesive acts as a sealant at the joints.
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In short, if you opt for a vinyl flooring (planks and tiles), consider integrating an acoustic solution designed specifically for this type of floor covering. Finally, choose a high-quality vinyl, with a thickness greater than 3.2mm. Good renovation project!
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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