- Why rubber underlayment?
Rubber underlayment offers superior sound resistance, is versatile and resilient. Comprised of recycled materials, this environmentally friendly product provides cushion underfoot as well as reducing sound transmission and impact sound such as footsteps. Amazingly, a 5mm thick rubber underlayment has similar testing numbers in sound resistance as compared to a 12mm thick cork underlayment.
Do I REALLY need underlay?
- Yes, most definitely.
Underlayment is an amazing invention created by the flooring gods out of necessity. Underlay has an impressive list of benefits, including: adding warmth to your floors so your feet aren’t so cold on new tile flooring, adding comfort and a slight “give” underneath wood or vinyl floors, reduced sound transmission (great for apartments with noisy teenagers!), as well as reducing in room step noise. The image to the right is a very simplified example of using underlayment versus not using it, but as you can see the benefits greatly outweigh any reason not to.
Making your apartment a home
- Products that work together
A favorite for use with luxury vinyl planks, laminate floors, carpet, and hardwood flooring. Rubber underlayment should never be used with vinyl VCT, or linoleum flooring as it could potentially stain these materials.
- What does it mean?
Underlayment with a thickness of up to 5mm thick are great when it comes to residential or commercial use, with all flooring types. When you get to more than 5mm thick, these are really great for installations where you need to add thickness to match up with an adjoining/existing floor surface.
IIC / STC Ratings
- What do they mean?
IIC stands for Impact Insulation Class, which refers to impact sounds such as shoes hitting the ground, dropping a cell phone, or other scenarios where something it dropped or impacts the floor. STC stands for Sound Transmission Class, which refers to any audible noise (not an impact) such as music playing aloud, a conversation, or a loud television, for example. With both of these ratings systems, the higher the number rating is for the underlayment, the better it will suppress sound, and the quieter a room will be. You may want to pay close attention to these ratings when shopping for underlayment if sound reduction is important to you.