Insulating a Floor in Three Simple Steps
By Diana Smith
If you’ve ever lived in an apartment complex, then you certainly know how noisy it can get, and even though houses provide a much more private atmosphere, they are not noise proof themselves.
Regardless in which one you live in, if you want to keep the noise at the minimum, you will have to install proper sound insulation everywhere, from walls and doors to floors and ceilings. Walls and ceilings are somewhat simple to insulate, but floors have a couple of different ways that are effective, so we’ll be focusing on them.
However, noise is not the only problem. While you’re soundproofing your, you might as well install some temperature insulation, so that your room stays warm during the winter and cold in the summer days. Now that the introduction is over, let’s start talking about what we all came here for.
Step: 1 Find out the type
First, you will have to determine what type of floor you have. The most common types are solid floors and suspended floors. They each use a different technique for insulation, so finding which type you have is crucial.
Luckily, that is not a big problem. Solid floors, more common in apartment buildings, are usually made from one evenly levelled block of concrete or screed, so insulating them is not that hard. On the other hand, suspended floors are usually used in houses and they have joists upon which floorboards are placed. Insulating this type of floor is also not a hard task, but it will take slightly more time because you will need to cut insulation material and place it in each membrane individually.
Step: 2 Different approaches
Once you know what type of floor your household has, you can proceed with the insulation process. We won’t tell you to do it yourself or to hire a contractor, but even though these processes are relatively straightforward things can go wrong or more precisely, untrained hands might do a sloppy job.
Solid floors are the easier ones to insulate. Because they are made from one piece, you will just need to measure your room and buy enough insulation material so that the whole floor is covered. You don’t want to be short on one end, so buying a little bit extra material and trimming it later is the way to go. After this, the only thing left to do is to spread it across the floor and cover it with floorboards. One thing to note is that this will raise your floor level a little bit and you will probably have to trim down the doors and reposition some electrical sockets if they’re really close to the floor.
Insulating suspended floor might seem complicated, but it really isn’t. The only thing that is different is that you will need to cut insulation material into pieces and fit them into each membrane. The process is slow, but if you are able to approach the floor from underneath it will go much quicker because you won’t have to move out the furniture from the room.
Step: 3 Finishing touches
Lastly, we would like to mention floor rugs and carpets. Some people think that they are only an extra thing to clean in the house, but rugs and carpets can add that extra bit of insulation both from the noise and from temperature. You don’t even have to get one of those thick ones that are hard to clean, just buy a plain simple rug and you are good to go.
And that is all that you need to know. With these three simple steps, you will have a perfectly insulated floor with almost no effort. Just remember that even though you can probably do it yourself, sometimes it is better to hire a professional to make sure the job is done correctly.