Sound and the Built Environment

Acoustics are the characteristics of a room or building that determine how sound is heard. Trends in the market toward hard surface flooring, multi-story buildings, glass walls and open office have increased complaints about noise.

Noise is defined as an unwanted sound judged as loud, disruptive or unpleasant. It can impact a resident’s experience, disrupt a classroom or result in communication errors in a healthcare setting. At Patcraft, we understand how sound affects environments and have conducted industry leading acoustical testing on our carpet and resilient products, which can help you select the correct flooring solution for your space.

The Sound Advisor by Patcraft is a tool that allows you to hear the effect that flooring has on impact sound. Simply select your flooring construction, then add a floor covering. You can hear the difference and can select the best floor covering option to help you reach your desired IIC rating.

Sound Advisor Tool
Acoustics Definitions

Acoustics Definitions

Three primary measures of sound abatement are IIC, STC and NRC. Each test focuses on different types of sound absorption or transmission. These tests are used to measure the sound abatement properties of various finishes, furniture or construction materials.

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Impact Insulation Class (IIC) is a rating that measures how much impact sound from a floor above transfers to a room below.
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Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) rates the amount of energy absorbed by a surface. Click here to learn more.

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Sound Transmission Class (STC) is a rating that measures how much airborne sound transfers through a floor/ceiling assembly or wall assembly. Click here to learn more.

Underlayment

Underlayment

Patcraft offers a variety of underlayments that extend performance attributes of our flooring which include providing cushion underfoot and acoustics.

CUSHIONWORX

CushionWorx is a premium polyethylene foam cushion underlayment for EcoWorx carpet tile, which provides comfort under foot and sound reduction in high-traffic areas.

DURAWORX

For use with broadloom and EcoWorx carpet tile, DuraWorx is a breathable polyurethane cushion offering a moisture barrier which keeps spills from penetrating the cushion for 24 hours.


 

ECO FIBER TOUCH

Available in various ounce weights to be used with broadloom based on weight and traffic class, Eco Fiber Touch is made of 100% recycled premium synthetic cushion.

FIBER SELECT

Available in various ounce weights to be used with broadloom based on weight and traffic class, Fiber Select is a value fiber cushion alternative.

 

GROUNDWORKS

GroundWorks is an acoustical underlayment engineered to reduce sound transmission within a multi-level structure and is ideal for use with most of our resilient products.

HUSH II

Hush II is a sound absorbing, environmentally friendly acoustical floor underlayment ideal for use with most of our resilient products.