SoundBuffer Underlayment Built for Vinyl Plank Flooring and More
MP Global Products introduces SoundBuffer, a high-performing universal underlayment for vinyl plank flooring that offers full subfloor coverage while soothing impact sound and floor to ceiling noise. Its carefully engineered properties enable flooring installers to use one underlayment for many types of hard-surface floors in residential and commercial projects.
Made from 100 percent virgin latex rubber, SoundBuffer is approved for use under:
- Luxury Vinyl Tiles
- Luxury Vinyl Plank
- Laminate Flooring
- Engineered Wood
- Hardwood Flooring
SoundBuffer can be floated, nailed, stapled, single or double-glued. If single glued, it can turn a double-glue installation into a floating floor.
Providing excellent value, the competitively priced Sound Buffer has strong physical properties, including 1.2-millimeter thickness, a density of 25 pounds per cubic foot, and a compression set of 16 percent-a carefully engineered combination that helps minimize impressions and indentations that can occur with luxury vinyl flooring. It also has a thermal resistance of 0.205, and anti-microbial properties.
SoundBuffer Underlayment Sound Test for Luxury Vinyl Flooring
Sound tests have achieved excellent ratings. These include:
- IIC Test: 6-inch concrete subfloor with no ceiling assembly with luxury vinyl planks floor covering
- Result: 52 – A rating that exceeds the standard for high-rise installations.
- IIC Test: 6-inch concrete subfloor with a suspended ceiling assembly with luxury vinyl planks floor covering
- Result: 68
- STC Test: 6-inch concrete subfloor with a suspended ceiling with luxury vinyl planks floor covering
- Result: 64
- STC Test: 6-inch concrete subfloor with no ceiling assembly with luxury vinyl planks floor covering
- Result: 52
SoundBuffer offers a compression (ASTM D 1055-97 (22h, 70C) of 16 percent that works nicely under LVF and, unlike the compression percentage of most underlayments suitable for luxury vinyl flooring, is hearty enough to install under floating wood and laminate floors, as well.
SoundBuffer also carries Green Label Plus Certification for Low-Emitting Materials from the Carpet and Rug Institute and can contribute to earning LEED Credit EQ 4.3 (low-emitting materials), LEED Credit MRc5.1-5.2 for Regional Content 20-30 percent; and LEED Credit IEQp3 Minimum Acoustical Performance. And post-consumer use, it is 100 percent recyclable.
SoundBuffer is available in 36-inch-wide 200-square-foot rolls, with or without seam tape.View Underlayment Details
Original Article: Retrofit Magazine – February 5, 2016
Posted on: Monday, February 8, 2016