I’m in the midst of remodeling a townhome. Replacing the old flooring with a new engineered wood floor is the next step (ha).
I’m going the rounds with my contractor and subcontractor about acoustic underlayment. Since a major part of the renovation is finishing a basement, I want to make sure there isn’t that annoying sound of “footfall” (I’m learning new terms) on the wood floor upstairs coming down through the floor and ceiling into the basement living area.
The sub doesn’t want to mess with installing an underlayment (more work), so he has forwarded the spec sheets on two adhesives that he wants to use. The marketing language says they are, “sound-reduction” adhesives <eye roll>.
I have now spent way too much time researching NRC (noise-reduction coefficient), STC (sound transmission class), IIC (impact sound transmission), and different floor structures. :/
This is a long-shot, but I wonder if there is anyone out in cake-land who has any practical experience with this stuff? If not, well, then, at least I’ve made my mark by adding a few new topics and making Chris try to figure out where this crazy post belongs. Hahaha. :)