Few things are as annoying in a home or office than flooring that produces a lot of sound. In most cases, people choose Wood Floors for their home so they can have that much-needed sound absorption and that cozy feeling that only wood floors give.
In sound is important for you, planning for your next wood floors is key, including what type of decor you are looking for to use, so it’s better to start thinking about it right now!
Face of Wood Flooring presents some sound control alternatives to installing padding under wood flooring, such as:
Choosing Denser Hardwoods
Solid hardwood itself does a remarkably good job of absorbing sound. Some wood floors often referred to as hardwoods are softwoods: pine, spruce, cedar, and fir. At the very least, be sure to choose true hardwoods such as oak or walnut. For even better sound absorption, look toward denser exotic hardwoods like mahogany or Brazilian cherry.
Using Area Rugs and Runners
Adding fabric rugs and runners will go a long ways toward eliminating the sounds of footsteps on hardwood floors overhead. They have the added benefit of protecting hardwood surfaces against wear and tear.
Encouraging Shoe Storage at the Door
Many homeowners have a shoe-free policy. Removing outdoor footwear at the front door keeps homes cleaner, reducing the frequency of sweeping and mopping. But it also makes for a quieter home. Sound within rooms and between rooms is greatly reduced. Building or buying an attractive shoe storage unit and providing slippers are two ways to encourage guests and residents alike to drop their shoes at the door.