What Is the Best Flooring for Soundproofing an Apartment?

A high-quality flooring underlayment from Dura Undercushions is recommended if your goal is to reduce impact noise such as footsteps.

When living in an apartment, soundproof flooring is essential for maintaining a peaceful and quiet environment. Dura Undercushions, a leading manufacturer of high-quality rubber underlayments, offers expert insights into the best soundproof flooring options for apartments. This comprehensive guide will help you understand the benefits of rubber underlayment and how to effectively soundproof your floors.

Why Soundproofing Matters in Apartments

Apartment living often means close proximity to neighbors, making noise control a significant concern. Soundproofing your flooring can greatly reduce the transmission of noise, enhancing the comfort and tranquility of your home. This is particularly important for those living in multi-story buildings where foot traffic and other impacts can easily disturb neighbors.

Soundproof flooring for apartments

Types of Soundproof Flooring for Apartments

  1. Carpet

Carpet is a popular choice for soundproofing due to its natural ability to absorb sound. When combined with a quality carpet cushion, the soundproofing benefits are significantly enhanced, providing a quieter and more comfortable living space.

Carpet cushion for apartment
  1. Vinyl Flooring

Vinyl flooring, especially luxury vinyl planks, can be effective for soundproofing when installed with a Duraquiet vinyl underlayment. This combination helps dampen impact noises, making it a great option for apartments.

  1. Tiles (with Underlay)

Tiles are a durable flooring option but can be noisy. Adding a rubber underlayment underneath tile flooring can significantly reduce sound transmission, making it a viable choice for apartments.

Tile underlayment for apartment
  1. Hardwood (with Underlay)

Hardwood floors are desirable for their aesthetic appeal and longevity. However, they can be quite noisy. Using Dura-Son underlayment beneath hardwood flooring can help mitigate noise issues, providing the beauty of wood with the added benefit of soundproofing.

Hardwood underlayment for apartment


What is Acoustic Underlay?

Acoustic underlay is a material designed to improve the soundproofing capabilities of flooring. Rubber underlayments from Dura Undercushions are particularly effective due to their open-cell structure. They help reduce impact noise, ensuring a quieter living space.

Noise Types When Soundproofing Flooring

Understanding the types of noise is crucial for effective soundproofing:

  • Impact Noise: This is the sound of footsteps, furniture moving, or objects dropping on the floor. IIC ratings assess how effectively a floor system can reduce impact sounds. Impact noise is reduced when a high-quality rubber underlayment from Dura Undercushions is used, ensuring peace of mind.
  • Airborne Noise: This includes sounds from voices, music, or television that travel through the air and are absorbed by walls. STC ratings measure how well an interior wall reduces airborne sounds, and therefore does not address everyday disturbances caused by impact noise.

A high-quality flooring underlayment from Dura Undercushions is recommended if your goal is to reduce impact noise. Be wary of underlayment manufacturers that use STC ratings to claim impact noise reduction.

How to Soundproof Pre-Existing Floors

If you're looking to improve the soundproofing of your current floors, consider these steps:

  1. Add a Rubber Underlayment: Installing a rubber underlayment beneath your existing flooring can significantly reduce noise.
  2. Use Area Rugs: Placing rugs over hard surfaces can help absorb sound. Consider laying Duralux 7mm beneath your high-end area rugs.
  3. Seal Gaps: Ensure that there are no gaps between the floor and walls where sound can travel.

Other Floor Soundproofing Tips

  • Use Dura’s Underlayment Selector Tool: Simplify your search for the perfect flooring underlayment to use in your apartment with DuraSelect.
  • Floating Floors: Installing floating floors over a rubber underlayment can help isolate and reduce impact noise transmission.

FAQs about Soundproof Flooring for Apartments

Q: Can you soundproof a floor in an apartment?

A: Yes, you can significantly reduce noise by installing soundproof flooring options such as rubber underlayment beneath carpet, vinyl, tile, laminate, or hardwood.

Q: What is the best flooring for soundproofing?

A: The best flooring for soundproofing combines a finished floor with a high-performance acoustic underlayment from Dura Undercushions.

Q: What is the best soundproofing for an apartment?

A: Rubber underlayment is among the best soundproofing solutions for apartments due to its superior sound absorption, comfort, and durability.

Q: What is the cheapest soundproofing between floors?

A: Using an area rug paired with an underlayment beneath can be a cost-effective method for improving soundproofing between floors.

Q: How do I stop hearing upstairs neighbors in my apartment?

A: An apartment building with rubber underlayment installed beneath the flooring will minimize impact noise from upstairs neighbors.

Q: Do acoustic underlays work in apartments?

A: Yes, acoustic underlays, especially rubber underlays, are highly effective in reducing noise in apartment settings. Explore our acoustical reports backed by an independent acoustical testing facility for more information.

Q: How to tell if an apartment has good soundproofing?

A: Good soundproofing in an apartment can be determined by the absence of noticeable noise from upstairs neighbors and the use of rubber acoustic underlays in the flooring.

The Benefits of Choosing Dura Undercushions Rubber Underlayment

Dura Undercushions specializes in manufacturing premium rubber underlayments, offering several advantages:

  • Environmentally Friendly: Made from recycled tires, our rubber underlayment supports sustainable practices.
  • Contributes to LEED Credits: Our products help earn LEED points for green building certifications.
  • Green Label Plus Certified: Ensuring superior indoor air quality.
  • Mold and Mildew Resistance: Anti-microbial, and protection from mold, mildew, and fungus.
  • Underfoot Comfort: Provides added comfort underfoot.
  • Radiant Head Compatibility: Suitable for use with radiant heated floors.
  • Superior Performance: Our products undergo rigorous acoustical testing to ensure they meet the highest standards of acoustical performance and durability.
  • Expert Support: Our team is available to provide guidance and support throughout the selection and installation process.

Explore Our Apartment Soundproofing Solutions Today

Choosing the best underlayment for your apartment flooring is crucial for ensuring long-lasting performance and comfort. Rubber underlayment, particularly from trusted manufacturers like Dura Undercushions, offers unparalleled benefits in terms of sound absorption, moisture protection, durability, and comfort. By investing in high-quality rubber underlayment, you can protect your floors and enhance the overall comfort and value of your home.

Explore our acoustical solutions, or reach out to our dedicated customer support team to provide you with assistance. Our range of flooring solutions is designed to meet the diverse needs of apartment occupants, ensuring you get the best soundproofing solution for your flooring.