Author Topic: reducing footstep noise from first floor  (Read 3874 times)


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reducing footstep noise from first floor
« on: January 31, 2016, 10:50:22 PM »
so my husband and I decided to rent out our basement the problem is that you can hear every single step from the first floor (hardwood). Even when we step toe first you can still hear loud footsteps. So we bought some rugs and runners along with pads but that really didn't do much. So I have been reading through this forum and found this post on a different thread  but similar problem:

"Ok, yes the answer here is to use Mass loaded vinyl with closed cell foam. pull up your carpet, padding and tack strips. seal any cracks in subfloor with caulking. Install MLV underlayment foam side down wall to wall, seal field seams with metal tape and caulk the perimeter to the wall under base boards.Make sure you purchase #8 density Rebond carpet padding, (a must) lessor density padding will not hold up for high traffic and you achieve a greater impact reduction because you are absorbing the impact at the source."

I was wondering would it be possible to do that but put MLV underlayment on top of my wood floors and then put the padding and then carpet? I was also wondering would it be just as effective at reducing the footsteps noise if I were to cut the underlayment and padding to the length and width of my rugs and runners, as opposed to installing it as wall to wall carpeting? I'm just trying to figure out a way to do this with out damaging my hardwood floors.

Randy S

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Re: reducing footstep noise from first floor
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2016, 07:44:03 PM »
If you dealing with airborne noise then the MLV with closed cell foam must go wall to wall and be sealed at the perimeters. This is for both airborne and impact noise

If you are doing this for impact noise only using carpet runners just get the #8 rebond carpet padding and put it under the runners. This is just for impact noise, NO airborne reduction.

Feel free to contact me direct if need be.

Randy S.