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Moderncat
Installing 12mm laminate to apartment flooring, sound proofing options
Moderncat

I removed the carpet on a top floor living area that's over someone's bedroom. We have to remove the top floor board due to termite damage and water damage. I don't know what will be under the first layer of floor boards but can I put installation (fiberglass installation) between the lower and floorboard? What's under the floor boards. I do NOT own but rent so since I am paying for the materials (flooring and padding) I don't want to spend too much. What less expensive options do I have? I did find some felt with silver lining on top.

Using 12mm snap on laminate flooring.

Thank you

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Installing 12mm laminate to apartment flooring, sound proofing options
HoustonRemodeler

You'll first need to check if there are any regulations concerning installing a sound abatement layer.

Once you find out, let us know.

Moderncat
Re: Installing 12mm laminate to apartment flooring, sound proofing options
Moderncat
HoustonRemodeler wrote:

You'll first need to check if there are any regulations concerning installing a sound abatement layer.

Once you find out, let us know.

I found this on the internet: Minimum (standard apartment): recommended STC/IIC 55
Medium (good apartments and normal condominiums): recommended STC/IIC 65
High (luxury condominiums): recommended STC/IIC 75

We are a standard apartment building.(Los Angeles, CA)

dj1
Re: Installing 12mm laminate to apartment flooring, sound proofing options
dj1

By any chance, did you tell the owner/landlord or manager your plan?

First clear that, before you start demolishing, and stay out of trouble.

Moderncat
Re: Installing 12mm laminate to apartment flooring, sound proofing options
Moderncat

I demo first thinking I might replace the carpet with carpet then I thought laminate. So I asked if they would install it and they said okay but I am responsible for the materials and they the labor. I guess anything to upgrade their apartment. They have full time labor workers that services all their properties. I figured if I ever move out they don't have to do much to the apartment except paint. I am slowly modernizing the unit. My materials, their labor :)

Also if the top layer of the plywood will be replaced due to same damage is there something that can go between the plywood? I must buy at Home Depot.

Thank you

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