We're ripping up our wall-to-wall carpeting. What underlayment for wood/bamboo provides the best sound reduction?

Asked by monique Daniel
Hastings On Hudson, NY

My family and I have health problems (asthma, reactive airways, allergies and chemical sensitivities) and we need to rip up the wall-to-wall carpet -- doctor's orders. Would sound reduction underlayment reduce sound enough to fulfill noise-reduction standards in our co-op? (I will then install either wood or bamboo on top of the underlay.) What is the best underlayment? I need the quietest underlay that is also good for chemical sensitivities.


Kevin Holdridge

Answered by Kevin Holdridge

Charlotte, NC

KDH Residential Design, LLC

November 19, 2010

I would recommend an acoustic underlayment such as Acoustik.

  • The adhesive they use is a low-VOC adhesive, and if you click on the testimonial you will see an installation of a wood floor in a second-floor recreation room.
  • This product is good for tile installation also, and is rated for residential and commercial applications.
  • The rubber they use is also a recycled material.


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