We all know how much acoustic insulation can improve both our daily comfort and add value to properties – but what about multi-story homes or high-rise apartment blocks? Sound travels in all directions and there’s nothing worse than trying to relax and being disturbed by loud noises coming from above or below. It’s times like these where underfloor insulation just doesn’t cut it – which is why we also stock acoustic underlay products such as Vibramat. But what is acoustic underlay exactly? Let’s find out.
Acoustic underlay – multi-story peace
Acoustic underlay is a product that is placed between floor coverings. It can be made out of various materials and is designed to dampen sound and vibrations. This makes it an ideal solution for homes with multiples levels or high-rise apartment buildings where units are stacked on top of each other – allowing residents to enjoy peace and quiet in their own spaces. Acoustic underlay products such as Vibramat are available in varying thicknesses. The thicker the underlay, the more effective it is at dampening sound transmission.
Why can’t you just use underfloor insulation?
A common misconception is that underfloor insulation products can be used between multi-level homes and buildings. The issue here is that when downlights are involved (which is quite common nowadays), clearance is required around them to mitigate the risk of overheating and a fire occurring. However, the gaps caused by the required clearance then render acoustic insulation useless as it creates space for the sound to move between. This is where acoustic underlay really shines as it bypasses this issue altogether.
Where is acoustic underlay installed?
Unlike underfloor insulation, acoustic underlay is actually installed between the floor and the floor finish. It is laid out and glued to the subfloor and then covered with the finishing layer – whether it be a floating floor, carpet or tiles. Acoustic underlay is an effective solution since certain types of flooring (such as carpet) already require a layer of underlay – so, placing a specialised acoustic underlay instead of a standard one is a beneficial and effective solution.
Vibramat is an acoustic underlay product that can achieve what very few products are currently capable of. It is specifically designed to be used between levels and beneath tiles and timber flooring to mitigate the impact and noise made by footfall and other noises that may occur such as moving furniture. Vibramat absorbs and, to some extent, reflects noise and impact – allowing users the freedom to go about their day without worrying about making too much noise for their neighbours below whilst simultaneously guaranteeing a quiet environment for themselves.
Vibramat comes in flat sheets that won’t curl up – guaranteeing simple and seamless installation. This rubber underlay product is made from recycled tyres, off-cuts from shoe soles and other recycled rubber products as well as raw waste materials – making it an environmentally-conscious option. Vibramat is easy to transport and provides a high-performance and cost-effective solution. It also meets and (in some cases) exceeds the BCA acoustic requirements making it very desirable and efficient.
Insulation Essentials stocks Vibramat in 3mm, 4mm, 5mm and 10mm thicknesses so you can find the option that’s right for you. As we mentioned earlier, the thicker the underlay, the better the sound dampening properties. This versatile acoustic underlay product is the perfect solution for multi-story homes and high-rise apartment buildings as it’s one of the only underlay products available that is capable of such incredible acoustic properties and can also be installed around downlights.
Are you looking for acoustic insulation solutions?
Acoustic underlay is an incredibly practical acoustic product that has changed the way people live and interact in multi-story homes and high-rise apartment buildings. The best way to take full advantage of such a product is to talk to professionals and understand the best way to deploy it – and that’s where Insulation Essentials comes in.
Insulation Essentials is your one-stop-shop for all essential insulation products. We stock a wide range of insulation batts in varying R-values as well as accessories. We also stock Vibramat acoustic underlay products and can help you choose the right thickness for your home or building. Whilst we offer installation solutions for our insulation batts – it’s worth noting that our installation services do not extend to acoustic underlay products.
If you would like to know more about Vibramat or are looking to make an order, then please give us a call on 03 8339 7111 or fill out our online contact form so we can get back to you as soon as possible.