Quiet Underlay For 2nd Floor - Rubber or Other?


Old 02-24-13, 01:21 PM
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Quiet Underlay For 2nd Floor - Rubber or Other?

I'm laying some laminate as well as some bamboo on an OSB subfloor upstairs. I don't want to waste money on unneeded moisture barriers, but if I end up with a 3-in-1 that works at the right price, that's fine. Sound deadening is very important ... after removing old carpet and pad, it's amazing how loud it is from downstairs! I looked at a foam/foil/felt product at Lowes, about $.50/s.f. The store rep said he can order a rubber underlay for $.39/s.f. that has the best sound absorption qualities, in his opinion. Now I see that I can get pretty much the same 3-in-1 Lowes has for about $.40/s.f delivered, on-line. I know cork might be better, but it looks like $1.00/s.f. and up; way out of budget. So in that .40 or less price range, any opinions on a specific product or just a general material type that will serve me best? Thanks!
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Old 02-25-13, 06:03 AM
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What does the manufacturer of your laminate suggest? You have warranty issues which come into play.

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