Soundproofing is one of the most interesting endeavours that you can attempt. A lot of people consider soundproofing to be a particularly good way of making sure that you avoid creating excess noise while you are moving around the house. However, how do you soundproof your floors? What do you need to do to make sure that the noise is reduced? Thankfully, it is not difficult, and just requires a few simple steps.
Tools and Materials
To begin with, let’s take a look at the tools and materials that you’re going to need for the process. You are going to need groove plywood boards, with cushioning on one side, and overlay tongue.
You also need a wood adhesive, foam tubing, a tape measure, a saw, a hammer, and some cloth. None of these materials are particularly difficult to acquire, and can be obtained from most local retailers, so it is worth going and checking out what’s on offer.
Okay, let’s take a look at the method. The first thing that you are going to need to do is to work out how many boards you need. Thankfully, these come in all shapes and sizes, and are available from most retail suppliers, but it is worth picking up a few extra ones just in case something does not go according to plan.
What you are going to want to do next is to use the saw to cut the boards to the correct size. You need to make sure that you leave enough space around the perimeter of the room for the foam tubing. Obviously, make sure anything like an outlet, a conduit, or a radiator lining has been accounted for during your cutting.
Next, make sure you protect the perimeter of the room by laying the foam tubing all around it. This serves as a barrier that prevents the boards from moving around and crashing into each other once they have been laid down.
Once you have prepared the room by clearing up any dust, you can start laying your boards. The cushion side will need to be face down, and you want to secure the tongue and the panels together using the adhesive. Then, you need the hammer to gently push them into place. Don’t hit too hard, or you might break the panel!
After that, you need to clean up your surfaces by carefully wiping away any excess adhesive. Repeat this process until you have completed the entire floor, and then tuck in the tubing so it all looks neat and tidy.
After that, wait 12 hours for the glue to set, clean off any excess glue which has seeped out, and then you are ready to begin laying your actual floor on top of the soundproofing. It’s important to know that the soundproofing is not the layer of floor that you have, but it goes underneath the floor in order to mask the noise. This means you can experiment with whatever floor you want, be a stone, wood, or vinyl.
Contact the Adamms Carpets team if you have any questions.