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Noisy wooden floor
Hi, we have a typical English house from the 50s with wooden joists as floor construction upstairs. In one bedroom we replace the carpet with a wooden laminate floor (using the existing underlay below the carpet). This floor is relatively noisy when you go over it.
We now want to place a wooden laminate floor also on the landing upstairs, but I would be interested if there is anything we can do to reduce or better avoid any cracking noise from the laminate floor (e.g., level the floor with special cement as this wooden panels on the joists are not that planar, or use special noise reduction underlays).
Hi, laying a laminate floor on top of underlay intended for carpet, is never ideal, as laminate flooring underlay is much denser in comparison, and allows for less travel between planks. The popping and cracking sounds are probably caused by stress on the joints or foreign objects underneath(or uneven boards).
The fail safe way to over come this, is to ply over the floor boards, fixing any loose boards first, thus starting with a perfect, even surface.
Then either install laminate flooring with a suitable underlay, or have a look at alternatives such as; Kardean, or Amtico, which require no underlayment, only adhesives.
These products are of a similar price in comparison to a good quality laminate.
Hope this helps,
Answered 13th Jul 2012
everything GR Flooring is exactly right however if you go for the laminated floor in addition to the ply use fibre boards this should help the sound problems
Answered 15th Aug 2012