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Acoustic flooring and underlay are key to flooring installations:

All About Everything says it offers ‘fantastic’ options in acoustic contract underlay to provide respite from the sound of footsteps on flooring together with durability and protection underfoot.

Tredaire Technics 5 multi-use underlay is claimed to be equally effective under carpet or laminate, offering noise suppression (acoustic reduction) up to 28dB.

With a 5mm thickness, it is designed for heavy contract use and suitability for use with underfloor heating due to its ultra-low tog rating of 0.56.

Tredaire Contract 7 is said to offer 35dB of impact sound reduction. At 7mm it is claimed to be thin enough to cover large areas without carpet rucking occurring. A PU Foam with that guarantees warmth underfoot at

1.93 tog.

Ango Recycling claims to have recycled 10% and 20% of all the waste produced by UK manufacturers over the past year, from ‘a standing start’ in January 2011.

Michael Walsh, who designed the process comments: ‘We take wool rich carpet edges from all the major UK manufacturers and through the process we have designed, we can recycle the fibre which then goes to

make underlay’.

Anglo Recycling Technology’s md Simon Macaulay comments: ‘The Carpet and Flooring Group have been great innovators and supporters of our new product, Reco42. They were first to take it in bulk and promote it through
their customerbase’. He adds: ‘We have set up a project with Jane Gardner and Carpet Recycling UK to start to take the production offcuts from local carpet shops and recycle them. CRUK will give shops a promotional pack so that they can let their customers know of the good environmental work they are doing’.

Atkinson & Kirby supplies a variety of underlay in addition to the quality hardwood flooring it manufacturers, along with an array of accessories.

A good underlay is said to provide a solid foundation for any engineered hardwood floor and Atkinson & Kirby states that it carries a large volume of stock, including a selection of underlay with different beneficial properties.
The high density foam of Polyfoam Acoustic is claimed to result in substantial noise reduction, whereas Quicktherm’s perforated high density polyfoam allows for maximum heat transfer when used with

underfloor heating.

If residual dampness in the subfloor is an issue, Polyfoam Vapour Control utilises an aluminium vapour barrier with an overlap for joint sealing protection.

Atkinson & Kirby offers special bulk order discounts, as well as next day delivery.

Ball & Young has launched the new generation Cloud 9 Connoisseur. This new designer underlay collection is manufactured to BS5808 (1991), offering a high density ‘luxury and upmarket’ underlay.
Previewed at Domotex to positive customer reviews, according to the company, Cloud 9 Connoisseur range is described as having a new designer backing with a sophisticated appearance. New point of sale material is being introduced.
All Ball & Young Carpet Underlays are made in the UK to British Standard 5808 (1991)
This Vita Group company reports that its underlays are exported world-wide. Customer feedback reportedly confirmed Ball & Young’s move to higher specification products in the middle and upper market sectors.

Flowcrete AcousticK flooring system combines an acoustic resilient layer with a performance Isocrete floor screed. Compliant with building regulations and approved by the British Board of Agrément, the sound-proofing system is designed for apartments and multi- occupancy buildings, such as schools and hospitals.

Isocrete Acoustic K is also a component of Flowcrete’s sustainable Green Floorzone, the single-source flooring package which also features Isowarm underfloor heating and a decorative resin finish.

The entire Floorzone package is designed, manufactured and supplied by Flowcrete and installed by an approved contractor, with one warranty covering the entire system.

Alan Dean, md of Flowcrete, says:‘Independenttestresults show Isocrete Acoustic K achieves results well in excess of the requirements in Approved Document E, of the Building Regulations 2003.’

InstaFloor describes InstaLay as the versatile underlay with outstanding acoustic and environmental properties, as well as being durable and economical with its Peel & Stick system claimed to reduce installation times by up to 50%.

InstaFloor is said to be a high performance product with numerous benefits for the contract flooring market.
It is manufactured from rubber crumb and bonded with latex which, according to InstaFloor, means that it does not collapse under pressure or degrade over time, unlike polyurethane foam underlays.

Thismakesitsuitablefor commercial, as well as domestic, installations. Further it is claimed to retain its
long term acoustic performance rated at 23dB with 3mm thick InstaLay and 26dB for the 5mm version.

InstaLay is claimed to be equally effective under wood, carpet, carpet tiles, LVT and sheet flooring and is a ‘cradle to cradle’ green product, being manufactured from recycled tyres (now prohibited from being sent to landfill sites) and at the end of its useful life it can again be recycled.

Kährs statesthatitswood flooring range provides a suitable surface option for acoustic application.
Combining the cellular features of timber – with board construction and Woodloc joint – reportedly gives a precise, flush installation with natural sound dampening qualities.

For acoustic application, the companyreportsthatitsflooring can be installed floating or adhered to the subfloor. In floating applications, boards should be laid close to a dense subfloor and separated by a correct foam underlay; the company’s accessories range provides a variety of options, including special 2mm ‘drum sound’ underlay and high performanceTuplex,with combined acoustic and moisture benefits. In applications where a flush installation can’t be achieved, boards can be glued to the subfloor to reduce any hollow sound.

In this way, Kährs multi-layered construction will, it is claimed, perform in the same way as a solid floor, though its engineered construction will provide additional benefits in terms of stability and eco-credentials.

Polyflor Acoustix collection of vinyl floorcoverings is designed to deliver an impact sound reduction of 19dB, exceeding the 17dB outlined in the UK Building Regulations.

The collection, featuring Acoustix Gallery fx PUR, Acoustix Forest fx PUR and Polysafe Wood fx Acoustix, offers a range of wood, micro-granite and slip resistant safety flooring options.

All three ranges have been certified A+ by BRE Global for major use areas (ENP 415) based on a lifecycle analysis approach overabuildinglifeof60years. The products are also said to be 100% recyclable and suitable for recycling through the Recofloor vinyl take-back scheme.

Polyflor’s ‘super strength polyurethane reinforcement’ is included. Cross linked and UV cured, it is designed to facilitate an improved polish-free, less labour intensive and more cost efficient maintenance regime.

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