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Sound Underlay allure (by Amy [MO]) Aug 10, 2017 11:54 AM
       Sound Underlay allure (by Richard [MI]) Aug 10, 2017 1:06 PM
       Sound Underlay allure (by cjo'h [CT]) Aug 10, 2017 1:10 PM
       Sound Underlay allure (by Vee [OH]) Aug 10, 2017 2:52 PM
       Sound Underlay allure (by Ed [PA]) Aug 10, 2017 7:01 PM
       Sound Underlay allure (by NE [PA]) Aug 10, 2017 7:10 PM
       Sound Underlay allure (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Aug 10, 2017 11:10 PM
       Sound Underlay allure (by Amy [MO]) Aug 11, 2017 8:10 AM

Sound Underlay allure (by Amy [MO]) Posted on: Aug 10, 2017 11:54 AM

Hello all,

In your experience, what is the best/cost effective underlay for allure to help reduce sound?

2nd floor of duplex, currently has carpet, 1st floor has drop ceiling about 1 1/2 ft from 2nd floor.

I'm not sure how much sound transfer there is between floors now, but don't want to chance it either. --107.77.xx.xx

Sound Underlay allure (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: Aug 10, 2017 1:06 PM

There is nothing you can do, imho, that will not be expensive.

Sound travels through unblocked air passages and through connectors (nails).

If you want to actually work on this problem, remove the drop ceiling, then install acoustic board, then hat channel, then another layer of drywall. Seal all cracks and penetrations with acoustic caulk, the paint. Then put back the drop ceiling.

If the place is empty, Is guess $8-$10 per square foot to do this. More if anyone is living there.

This still will only reduce things by about 50 percent.

If just tell tenant in bottom unit that sound travels and if they want quiet, they need to get a single family house.

Sound Underlay allure (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Aug 10, 2017 1:10 PM

Amy,if you have a dropped ceiling there shouldn't be too much sound.If the carpet is smooth what is wrong with laying Allure on it,without anything else,I only used Allure once and that was over tile.......Charlie.........................

Sound Underlay allure (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Aug 10, 2017 2:52 PM

The allure is not the problem, laying it over carpet would create a large problem, the noise can be suppressed by adding batts of insulation to the ceiling inside the drop tile area, you could prolly use some drop ceiling tile channels and screw them over the batts to hold them up close, do not allow any spaces to form - that is where the noise will leak thru.

Sound Underlay allure (by Ed [PA]) Posted on: Aug 10, 2017 7:01 PM

I can advise you NOT to use the 1/4" styrofoam underlayment. The styrofoam offgases and the glue joints fail from the offgas.

Sound Underlay allure (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Aug 10, 2017 7:10 PM

We had a flooring expert at our landlord assoc. a few months ago. He said cork is the best noise reducing material to use as an underlayment.

Sound Underlay allure (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Aug 10, 2017 11:10 PM


Pull up some carpet and has someone walk on it while you listen downstairs.

NOTHING will stop ALL sound.

Consider adding a layer of fluffy insulation above the suspended ceiling. Not hard. Should deaden a lot of vibration.

Or market the lower unit as "specially designed for the hard of hearing" :)


Sound Underlay allure (by Amy [MO]) Posted on: Aug 11, 2017 8:10 AM

Thanks all!

Richard, I appreciate the knowledgeable and detailed suggestion you offered.

I think as of now, I think we are leaning toward the cork. Id also seen that online, but wanted to know if anyone had actually used it. Appreciate the suggestion, NE.

Eventually, if/when we decide to restore this Victorian, I'd love to rip out the drop ceilings. So the sound issue will probably have to be addressed at some point. No one has ever complained about the noise/ footsteps from the second floor. But I don't want to install Allure and discover that the problem exists when we could've just added an Underlay beforehand.

I'm just glad we are getting rid of the carpet!

Power of suggestion by this forum. Brad20k, can you swear you don't get a kickback from Allure? With as much following as you have on this forum, how many thousands has Allure made from your testimony?? x)

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