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What is impact sound and footfall sound and what can I do about it?

Impact sound and footfall sound are often mentioned in the same breath – yet there is a difference between the two terms. Here we explain the difference and give you tips on how you can best avoid impact sound and footfall sound.

Difference between impact sound and footfall sound
Impact sound
Impact sound is generated by walking on the floor and is transmitted via adjacent walls and the subfloor/ceiling into adjacent rooms – for example into those of the subtenant – and emitted as airborne sound.
Footfall sound
Footfall sound is also referred to as room sound and is the sound that occurs when someone walks on the floor covering. This also occurs with parquet or old floorboards – but these noises are often perceived as pleasant. For this reason, attempts are also made with laminate to dampen the footfall sound so that it ideally disappears or is more reminiscent of a real wood floor.

This is how footfall and impact sound is created with laminate flooring

Laminate floor coverings are very hard. In addition, laminate flooring is seldom glued down, it is usually laid as a floating floor. This causes the noise when the floor is walked on. However, with the right footfall and walking sound insulation, the noise can be reduced to a minimum. This is laid under the laminate before the laminate is laid. At LOGOCLIC® you will find different types of footfall and impact sound insulation.

Laminate with integrated footfall and impact sound insulation

The Ambienta product lines already have integrated footfall and impact sound insulation. The unique Silentos Pro system from LOGOCLIC® consists of a PO foam layer 2.0 mm thick that reduces room sound by up to 50 percent and impact sound by up to 30 percent.

Take a look at LOGOCLIC®'s impact sound and footfall sound insulation as well as the Silentos and Ambienta product lines with integrated insulation.