Our home is a personal sanctuary, but when life gets busy it can often be anything but quiet. Luckily, your floors can help with that. Here are a few tips from the experts at Floor Coverings International Orange County NY on how you can use flooring to minimize the noise in your home.
Simple Fixes Keep the Peace
One of the most sound-absorbing types of flooring is carpet. If you want to soften the foot traffic down a hardwood hallway, simply add a few area rugs. They are lovely because they are easy to remove, and if anyone in the home is a light sleeper, area rugs cut the noise.
In rooms where the noise level varies, such as a living room, area rugs help to stop the echo of the home theater system and other types of noises that may bounce off harder surfaces.
Area rugs allow you to keep the durability and value of hardwood, tile, and natural stone flooring without all the added noise.
A More Permanent Option
Vinyl flooring is a great option when looking to counteract noise. It is terrific because it is softer than hardwood and tile, and more forgiving. Another attractive feature of vinyl is that it absorbs the impact of heels on shoes. You lose the “click, click, click”, but not the beauty of the flooring.
Pay Attention to Subflooring
If you have ever walked across a poorly installed floor, then you know how badly they can squeak. Subflooring makes a big difference, even with hardwood and tile floors.
The Big Flooring Choices for Cutting Noise in the Home
- Area rugs – easy to move, clean, and they do a “bang-up” job at cutting noise.
- Vinyl Flooring – Soft and quiet while absorbing some noise.
- Wall-to-Wall Carpeting – Ideal for bigger rooms, such as bedrooms, where you want the noise to be kept to a minimum or in living rooms where sound can echo.
Get Started Today
To learn more about the best flooring option for your needs, contact the experts at Floor Coverings International Orange County NY and schedule a free in-home design consultation. We are proud to serve Orange County, Middletown, Goshen, and Warwick and the surrounding areas.
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