Rubber underlayment offers great sound absorption and durability while being made out of recycled materials. Rubber is popular under stone, hardwoods, and garage tiles.
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Why Rubber Underlayments?
- Offers great sound resistance.
- Very versatile and resilient.
- Is the favorite to use under hardwoods and stone.
- 2mm rubber underlayment is similar in sound resistance to 6mm cork underlayment.
- Is the best to use where water may be present.
- Does not have to be adhered with adhesive.
- Can be more expensive.
- Can stain vinyl, VCT, and linoleum flooring.
Why Do I Need Underlayments?
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 houses with noisy teenagers!), as well as reducing in room step noise. This image 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.
IIC / STC RATINGS
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.
Sound Control Graph
Estimated Sound Control