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The transmission of sound impact on wood or concrete floors can be cumbersome, in both condominiums and houses. The use of an acoustic membrane underneath your floor can be the solution to all your worries. In fact, thanks to the action of a thin acoustic membrane, you can greatly minimize the impact of any noise that may occur on your floor covering. A way to ensure your sound comfort and that of the other inhabitants of your residence. Efficient and at the same time useful, the acoustic membrane must be installed in full compliance with standards to allow you to benefit from all its features. For this, nothing beats the services of a professional installer in the field of acoustic membrane installation. It remains to be seen where to find the best to ensure that your projects are carried out properly.

What is an acoustic membrane?

An acoustic membrane is by definition a device that considerably reduces the transmission of impact noises such as the footsteps of residents, the sound of chair legs or the sliding of objects. By installing an acoustic membrane, you effectively have the power to limit noise by means of work done on your floor, not on the ceiling above it.

In the case of a standard building, it turns out that hardwood flooring nailed into plywood, which is itself solidly screwed and glued to the wall structure, is not a very efficient assembly. Particularly in terms of sound comfort since the result of this structure is that the slightest vibration on the hardwood flooring is enough to spread uncomfortable noise throughout the entire floor. Basically, the acoustic membrane’s main mission is to detach the hardwood covering from the plywood by eliminating any form of rigid attachment. The purpose is to virtually cut the vibration that creates the noise at the source.

The criteria for choosing an acoustic membrane

An acoustic membrane to be installed on a floating wood floor should generally be neither too thick nor too soft to maintain its full functionality. If this is the case, there is a risk of moving the tongue and groove joints of your boards under the steps, and eventually, the tongues of the floorboards may crack. Therefore, the ideal would be to always choose the thin and relatively firm membrane for an effective action on the sound resonance of your home.

If you wish to optimize the soundproofing of your floor against airborne noises such as voices, TV sound or screams, a 38 mm concrete screed on your wood flooring is the best alternative. Increasingly popular in new condominiums, this practice calls for a meticulous search for an acoustic membrane able to create a vapor layer between the plywood and the narrow concrete screed. In this way, the water in the concrete will not be absorbed by the wood and the concrete will have time to consolidate in a better moisture condition.

Notice that you can also raise your acoustic membrane on the bottom of your walls to create a watertight pool, while preventing contact between the floor covering and the wall structure. This action also allows you to limit the transmission of impact sound to the structure of the entire building.

Where to find a professional in acoustic membrane installation?

As you have understood, the installation of an effective and practical acoustic membrane against impact noise is a project that involves the intervention of a specialist in the field. In order to ensure the success of all your projects related to floor construction or renovation, our Montreal-based store offers a wide variety of high-end services. Serving the North Shore, South Shore and Laval, trust our flooring experts for the proper installation of your acoustic membrane. Professional and attentive to your requests, our store is open during business hours to offer you a service that meets your needs.