Vinyl and laminate - the differences in impact sound insulation

Vinyl and laminate are popular floor coverings with some advantages, but also disadvantages. In this article, you will learn the differences between these two floor coverings, if you want to lay a footfall sound insulation.

Laminate - a hard surface

Hard floor coverings such as laminate have the property of being unable to completely isolate impact sound. In other words, uninsulated laminate will result in significant noise pollution in adjacent and especially underlying spaces. Therefore, you should ensure good sound insulation in laminate, which allows high living comfort.

You have a large selection of materials: artificial materials such as PE film or polystyrene are available as well as ecological materials, such as cork, wood, hemp or flax. The harder the laminate, the thicker the impact sound insulation should be to effectively isolate the resulting impact sound.

Vinyl - no thick insulation required

Unlike laminate, vinyl is a relatively soft, resilient material, so it can noticeably better isolate impact sound from scratch than a hard floor. That's why vinyl requires thinner footfall sound insulation, and the material does not have to be as effective as laminate.

Of course, there are differences in vinyl hardness: While some variants are very soft and have an insulating effect, there are also harder vinyl. Therefore, you should consult a professional when deciding on the right insulation: While too thin an insulation does not achieve the desired effect, an excessively strong insulation takes up unnecessary space and hinders any existing underfloor heating in their function.

Tips & Tricks

When selecting the right floor covering, footfall sound insulation should not be the only criterion. The optics and the sense of space that the respective floor generates are also important criteria.

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