Understanding Sound Control

Ranking Finished Flooring Surfaces

In general, Hard Surface flooring, those with greater mass density (weight) provide better sound transmission values (STC), that is, they are better at reducing ambient sound between rooms.  And Soft Surface flooring materials provide better impact sound reduction or IIC values.

Hard Surface Flooring

Natural Stone and Marble

Ceramic, Quarry & Porcelain Tiles


Intermediate Range

Laminates with foam backing

Floating Floors

Soft Flooring

Vinyl with foam backing

Luxury Vinyl Tile & Planks