Soundproof a Laminate Floor
LESLIE: Gwen in Hawaii has got some noisy neighbors. Hopefully, we can help this situation quiet down. Welcome.
GWEN: Well, I live in a condominium.
GWEN: I’m on the second floor …
GWEN: … and I want to put in laminate flooring but I need to find a good soundproofing to go underneath the laminate flooring, that will protect the homeowners downstairs.
LESLIE: Oh, so you’re the noisy neighbor, (Tom chuckles) potentially. (Gwen laughs)
GWEN: No, not yet. (Gwen and Leslie laugh)
TOM: Alright. Well, what you want is a sound-engineered plywood. There are special plywoods that are designed to reduce the transfer of sound and they’re pretty expensive; you’re not going to be able to find them in your average homes and you’re probably going to have to order them but they do exactly what you need to be done. It’s a plywood sub-flooring that’s designed to suppress sound.
In fact, one of the major manufacturers is called Supress – S-u-p-r-e-s-s; their website is SupressProducts.com. And you can request information and hopefully find a local dealer for that product. But that’s what you want underneath the laminate floor and that will make your downstairs neighbors all that more happy.
GWEN: OK. Thank you very much.
TOM: You’re welcome, Gwen. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.