Norfolk, Neb.–MP Global Products has introduced Sound Buffer, a high performing competitively priced universal acoustic underlayment made from 100% virgin latex rubber. Designed for use under luxury vinyl, laminate, engineered wood, and hardwood flooring, it can be floated, nailed, stapled, or single- or double glued. Its versatility in installation methods enable specifiers to use one SKU for many types of hard surface floors in residential and commercial projects.
Sound Buffer has strong physical properties including 1.2mm thickness, a density of 25 lb/ft3, and a compression set of 16%—a carefully engineered combination that helps minimize impressions and indentations that can occur with luxury vinyl flooring. It also has a thermal resistance of 0.205, and anti-microbial properties. And IIC and STC sound tests have achieved excellent ratings. For example, the IIC Test: 6-inch concrete subfloor with no ceiling assembly with luxury vinyl planks floor covering, result: 52, a rating that exceeds the standard for high-rise installations.
Sound Buffer also carries Green Label Plus Certification for Low-Emitting Materials from the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) and can contribute to earning LEED Credit EQ 4.3 (low-emitting materials), LEED Credit MRc5.1-5.2 for Regional Content 20=30%; and LEED Credit IEQp3 Minimum Acoustical Performance. And post-consumer use, it is 100% recyclable. Sound Buffer is available in 36-inch wide 200/sq. ft. rolls, with or without seam tape.