Author Topic: Building a floating floor for dance  (Read 3115 times)


  • Guest
Building a floating floor for dance
« on: April 02, 2013, 04:47:30 PM »
Hi, I have a studio space that is being rented for dance, and it is too loud for the neighbors.

Is is noise/vibrations being carried to the apartment next door (same floor demising wall) and above through the structure.

I was looking at the Freedom Step panels. I was wondering what I could put underneath those.

MLV with OSB tongue and groove on top?   Or some other product below?

Thickness is not a problem, we could build multiple layers of OSB/Plywood with something in between.


Randy S

  • Guest
Re: Building a floating floor for dance
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2013, 10:44:11 PM »
Good job! you've done your research :)

The exact system is:

#2 MLV glued down and sealed or floated and sealed wall to wall.
Perimeter bumper installed against all walls.
F-Step tongue and groove panels installed wall to wall
3/8" plywood cross linked and glued and screwed to F-step floor.
Install final floor and trim perimeter bumper.
If base boards are used they must not contact floor to be filled with acoustical caulk.

Nice Job!

Randy S.


  • Guest
Re: Building a floating floor for dance
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2013, 03:00:10 AM »
Thanks for the info Randy!

So you would put the ply onto the F Step floor. I didn't expect that.

I was thinking it would sit on a layer which in turn was sitting on a layer of MLV.

So the F Step floor itself would sit on the MLV. 

This stuff is really fun to research.