SOUND EFFECTS

The Floor Is A Crucial Part Of Any Holistic Acoustic-Design Strategy

Acoustic strategies often focus on ceiling and wall treatments. However, in most interior spaces flooring occupies the same amount of surface area as ceilings and can have a huge impact in improving productivity and reducing stress for occupants. Don’t forget: the floor is the one surface that we’re actually physically in contact with at all times which means, it plays a major role in noise generation. Explore below as we detail ways flooring can go from overlooked to playing a key role in a holistic acoustic-design strategy. 

Acoustic Video with Test Comparison - Milliken Floor Covering

Hear the difference:

Milliken’s cushion backed carpet tiles provides significant acoustic advantages. Moving from a hard to a soft surface can significantly reduce noise generation and transmission. But it doesn’t stop there – Milliken cushion backing absorbs 60% more noise and transmits 50% less noise than hardback carpet. 

Watch this video to hear for yourself, the difference cushion backed carpet tiles can make on your next project.

SOUND IN-DEPTH

A Comprehensive Look At Sound Strategies For The Floor

How does noise affect us?

And what can we do about it?

Click to the left for some acoustic background. The science of sound, testing methodologies, the differences between NRC, IIC and STC — Milliken can help you clear a few things up.

WHY DO ACOUSTICS MATTER?

Because Quieter Spaces Lead To Happier, More Productive Employees

  • Loud spaces can negatively impact concentration, memory, productivity, comprehension and lower morale. Long term exposure to noise can even increase heart rates and quicken breathing leading to higher levels of stress hormones, which can literally make you sick;
  • In educational environments, common ambient noise levels decrease intelligibility significantly — in some cases by as much as half;
  • Milliken cushion-backed products — and premium LVT underlayments — can play a significant role in creating quieter, more productive spaces.