We often get questions from individuals designing new homes and one of the most popular is whether or not it is really necessary to use impact reduction flooring or soundproofing materials. The answer here is a resounding YES.
There are two main reasons. First, it’s much less expensive to install soundproofing and specialized flooring materials during the actual construction process. You’ll end up spending a lot more money if you have to rip out what you originally installed, purchase new materials, and do a second installation. You will also waste a lot of time and manpower so you may as well just do it right the first time.
The second reason is simple. You don’t want to wake up one evening wishing you had soundproofed those floors – as the sound from your downstairs neighbors (or children) flies up through the air. If you’re in a situation where you do have downstairs neighbors – or even a downstairs office – you’ll want to minimize the amount of impact sound that travels down through the floor and ceiling as well.
The concept is relatively simple. If you want to live a quiet life you’ll have to take care of your noise problems from day one!