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With advanced systems and techniques, acoustic floating floors systems have proven highly effective in preventing noise passing through the floor ceiling assembly as well as isolation against vibration and impact. They are used to control the transmission of noise or vibration between noisy and quiet environments. Typically, acoustically isolated walls and ceilings are built on the floating floor to create a ‘box-in-box’ construction. This solution greatly reduces the noise levels or energy transmitted to the quieter area.
MERLIN has an extensive history of working closely with architects in developing and installing effective acoustic floating floors to minimize noise and vibration transmissions. Based on the nature of the noise and vibration, there are several acoustic flooring systems available:
Concrete floating floors comprise of a reinforced concrete layer, supported by isolators, either rubber or spring. These floors typically use a jack-up system to raise the concrete floor as this offers a number of construction and acoustic benefits. Concrete floating floors are stable and, due to high mass, offer the best possible isolation performance.
Lightweight floor systems can be quick to build, do not impose a high mass on the existing structure and can be cost effective for small areas. Floor typically comprise of a number of board layers supported on either LDS rubber floor isolators or low-profile springs when impact is a concern. At MERLIN our specialized experience in Acoustic Floating Floors ensures the floor has adequate stiffness and mass to perform correctly.