The Best Flooring For A Condominium
When installing new flooring in a condominium, you have to take more into consideration than how the floor will perform. You’ve got neighbors to think about, and it’s not just how much they might hear you, but how much you might hear them.
No one likes listening to their neighbors pace across a room or listen to the rumblings of life over our heads. And if you live in a condo or even a multi-level home, the type of floor you choose can greatly reduce the sound that travels through the floor.
Some condominiums have insulation requirements and if that’s the case, be sure to check with your association before making any definite plans. That being said, if you want to get the best acoustics, there are now a lot of floors from which to choose.
Many who live in condos assume that carpet is the best choice, and there’s no question that carpet is quiet. When a high density pad is used, well-made carpet can do an excellent job. But what if you don’t want carpet?
As much as we’ve become accustomed to carpet for its warmth and soft feel underfoot, we’ve grown tired of its staining and the traffic areas becoming matted and crushed. All the vacuuming in the world won’t do and while today’s carpets have improved, wear-proof carpet isn’t yet in the cards.
This is why many opt for hard surface flooring and more specifically, floating floors for condominiums. Laminate floors are known for being a little noisy, but that’s largely due to the thickness of the laminate, the type of flooring underlayment used and the type of subfloor. If a basic foam underlayment is used, you’re certainly not doing anyone who is living below you any favors. When you choose a higher density, insulating underlayment or even high quality cork underlayment, you not only limit the sound a laminate floor makes when you walk across it, but the sound that travels through to the room below, the echoing effect, and any noise travelling up from the room below.
Many owners of condominiums are now choosing cork flooring for its warmer feel and shock absorption. Cork floors are quieter than traditional hard surface floors like hardwood, ceramic tile and even vinyl, so they can be an excellent choice when installing new flooring in a condominium.
Cork floors aren’t only made from a sustainable and renewable resource, but they serve a valuable purpose in our homes. Cork is a great thermal insulator and as a sound deadener, nothing matches cork flooring.
Many cork floors are click cork floors and have an attached cork underlayment, giving you two layers of cork on either side of an HDF core. They are designed for floating floor installations and can even be installed over another layer of underlayment for the best acoustical barrier you can have.