SPC: Why it pays to double down on cushion

Another short-coming of some products with pre-attached padding is some do not always meet IIC sound rating standards. That’s according to Tina Crossland, national sales manager, WE Cork, who stressed installing the correct underlayment with SPC flooring. Specifically, she cited WE Cork’s Silently LVT, a high-density underlayment made of cork and rubber. “It provides [great] sound insulation while adding comfort,” she said, noting the product’s ability to reduce the sound transfer between floors. Silently LVT provides
the recommended sound ratings needed to meet building codes, she added.

Options galore

Measuring just 1mm thick, DriTac 8301 Impact is a technologically advanced underlayment and acoustical barrier that can be installed under a host of resilient floors.

Despite the allure and popularity of SPC floors with attached padding, there is no shortage of aftermarket cushion products designed to enhance the durability, comfort and longevity of an already sturdy product. Case is point is Schönox TS, a cork and recycled urethane underlayment designed to improve impact sound insulation by up to 17 decibels—all while only being 3mm thick. In addition, according to Tracy Johnson, creative director, it improves heat insulation, comfort underfoot and contributes to LEED v4 certification due to its low-emitting materials.

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