As a homeowner or remodeling contractor, you are probably aware that flooring underlayments are a beneficial addition to any floor material that can provide a diverse range of benefits. From moisture protection to support for tongues and grooves, your home stands to gain a lot from floor underlayments. Many premium options today offer acoustical protection, which if you are a crafty consumer, means the price tag will likely be higher. Before skipping onward to the next item on your list, be sure to find a sound-reducing underlayment that is tested to provide quality results. Sure, you can spend less, but remember that the long-term stressors associated with multi-family properties can become too stressful. Even a single-family home may leave you up at night listening to loud footsteps!

When you are installing laminate planks to enhance the quality of your home, it’s vital to find a laminate underlayment that is supportive enough to insulate against sound transference. Eco Cork Foam is here to deliver amazing acoustical support for apartments, hotels, and more. We like to boast that we have the best underlayment for laminate flooring, and the lab results back up our claims.

Sound can play a major part in you or your client’s quality of life. Today, we’ll take a more scientific approach to explaining the value of our laminate underlayment. After learning about the stressors that floor impacts and footsteps can have on your health, be sure to pick up a roll of ECF at your local Home Depot to hear the difference!

Explaining the Effects on the Body

It can be fairly simple to explain what happens to us when we hear a sudden noise from a neighbor — surprise, normally followed by irritation. However, in order to quantify the results of this annoyance on the human body, researchers often look to a few key measurements:

  • Heart rate. Your pulse is an easy indicator of stress or surprise. When something alarms humans, a chemical reaction results, spiking heart rates, glucose levels, and adrenaline as a survival technique. This is very helpful when you’re in danger, but continually spiking heart rates in a private residence can have long-term consequences.
  • Respiration rate. Commonly referred to as the number of breaths you take per minute, your RR will increase when you’re under duress. This is done to help deliver more oxygen to the body, which is now responding with a higher heart rate.
  • Electrodermal activity. EDA refers to the electrical response of the skin when you begin to sweat. As you may have guessed, sweat levels are also useful in looking at stress.

While someone dropping a fork at two in the morning may not sound like a real problem, for those with thin floors or inferior laminate flooring underlayments, it may sound as if that silverware bounced off your bedroom floor! Increased breathing, a faster heart rate, and increased sweating are all normal responses to stressors encountered throughout life. We’ve all lived in that noisy apartment — Eco Cork Foam was designed with customer needs in mind to minimize these negative effects!

Sounds are Sounds

According to one study, the source of the impact does not change the psychophysiological response to noise. Researchers ran different tests with real sounds found within a standard apartment (dropping weights, etc.) and fake sounds to measure responses, and in most cases, different types did not elicit different responses. To clarify, you can split all sounds into two categories:

  1. Heavier impacts were used to simulate footsteps, children playing, moving furniture, and more. Often, these sounds are long-lasting, covering the distance of the house one or several times.
  2. Lightweight impacts consist of smaller, less weighted sounds such as dropped plates, the scraping of a chair, and so on. Normally, these sounds are more spread out and happen for short amounts of time.

All science and measurement techniques aside, it’s important to remember that acoustical underlayments for laminate floors provide improvements to your general quality of life. Failing to do so can result in two major responses: stress and annoyance.

Stressing Out

Loud events, footsteps, crowded spaces, and other circumstances can all lead to long-term stress for building inhabitants. In some complexes, up to a third or more of residents surveyed have complained about sleep loss associated with loud neighbors. Beyond floor transmissions, outside traffic, pedestrians, and a variety of other audio sources can combine to affect your home’s peace. Nobody likes to cause conflicts with a neighbor, but continual disturbances to your sleep cycle can result in a range of unwanted health consequences. A superior laminate flooring underlayment is needed to provide the best acoustic protection for your space!

Dealing with Annoyances

While ambient noises such as nearby traffic and footsteps are generally unpleasant, studies have shown that the immediate introduction of a sudden noise can introduce more stress. Annoyance to sound transmissions may sound simple, but it’s important to remember that fear of hearing that noise can strongly play into your irritation. Residents who deal with stressful sounds on a regular basis may be more sensitive and alert to any sounds, increasing long-term stress levels in addition to reactionary anxiety.

Protect Your Family’s Health

Whether you’re a homeowner hoping to keep your home as quiet and as secure as possible, or you’re a flooring contractor searching for a sound-reducing underlayment to back the quality of your work, it’s important to find a solution that has been tested for success. Small improvements to a space’s acoustics can provide amazing results for years, promoting peace and restfulness even in the most populated areas.

Eco Cork Foam has undergone ASTM and DELTA IIC testing to measure the results of our acoustic underlayment, and the results are impressive. A third-party laboratory has tested our laminate underlayment, producing some of the highest possible results in the industry. If you’re planning on installing a new floor, be sure to consider the acoustic importance of the space. From condominiums to apartments, ECF is here to provide proven quality. Contact us today to learn more or buy a roll to hear for yourself!