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Acoustic flooring

Acoustic flooring

Sound can have adverse effects on the human body such as sleeping disorders, stress and headaches. That’s why acoustic performance is essential when designing a new building or refurbishing an existing one. Acoustic floors are key when it comes to reducing noise in buildings.

Forbo Flooring is a specialist in acoustic floors with more than 32 years of experience. In our acoustic range you will find linoleum and project vinyl floors with impact sound reductions up to 19dB.

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  • Sarlon Frequency
    Sarlon Tech 15 dB

    Sarlon Tech 15 dB

    A high performance project vinyl with acoustic properties
    Sarlon Tech is a breakthrough in project vinyl. The dense structure oers exceptional resistance to indentation whilst a reinforced polyurethane and pure PVC wear layer with mineral embossing gives excellent scratch & scu resistance. The dense foam backing not only provides warmth and comfort underfoot but also an excellent sound insulation of 15dB.

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    Sarlon Trafic 19 dB

    Sarlon Trafic 19 dB

    The floor coverings in our renewed Sarlon acoustic vinyl range have been developed to maximize impact sound reduction while meeting the needs of heavy traffic commercial areas. Our Sarlon acoustic vinyl floors have impact sound reductions of 15dB and 19dB and are available in a wide variety of colours and designs.

  • Sarlon complete Step
    Sarlon Complete Step

    Sarlon Complete Step vinyl

    Forbo Sarlon Complete Step is an acoustic vinyl floor covering that is specially made for installation on staircases. Thanks to the foam backing, Sarlon Complete Step ensures a good sound insulation of 17 dB. The stair nosing is integrated in the structure and has a different colour allowing a visible contrast.

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    Sarlon Sparkling

    Sarlon Sparkling acoustic vinyl

    Meeting the needs of healthcare professionals. Sarlon Sparkling has been developed with user health in mind. This anti-bacterial easy to clean flooring ensures every day protection in your healthcare environment. It is durable, stain resistant and extremely dimensional stable. And, this acoustic vinyl flooring offers 15dB impact sound reduction in a timeless harmonious colour palette. An excellent healthcare flooring choice!

  • Marmoleum Decibel
    Acoustic Linoleum

    Acoustic linoleum

    Forbo acoustic linoleum flooring combines the natural characteristics of Marmoleum flooring with increased impact sound reduction. We offer Marmoleum Acoustic (14dB) and Marmoleum Decibel (18dB). Also a Corkment underlay can be used in combination with regular Marmoleum to achieve an impact sound reduction of at least 14dB.

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    Surestep Decibel

    Surestep Decibel safety vinyl

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    Allura Flex Decibel

    Allura Flex Decibel

    Allura Flex Decibel combines the general benefits of our successful Allura Flex loose lay vinyl tiles with great sound absorption properties. Besides looking stunning in a choice of 18 energetic colours, the impact sound reduction of Allura Flex Decibel is 19dB.

  • Modul'up loose lay flooring
    Modul'Up 19dB

    Modul'Up 19dB loose lay vinyl

    Our renewed Modul’up loose lay flooring is a unique acoustic vinyl floor covering that can be installed without adhesives and offers excellent dimensional stability and 19dB impact sound reduction. Modul'up is ideal for busy areas; quick & easy installation, no nuisance and no odours. Your floor can be walked on immediately after installation. The Modul'up designs range from natural Oak to modern Concrete.

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    Eternal de Luxe comfort

    Eternal de Luxe comfort

    Forbo Eternal flooring is known for its wide variety of designs and outstanding performance in demanding applications. Eternal de Luxe is a great example of Forbo’s unique, premium design capabilities. This new range features fresh wood and stone effects, enhanced by authentic embossing structures that add even more realism to the designs. The PUR lacquering ensures the highest possible performance and longevity of the floor covering. Eternal de Luxe is available in a compact version and an acoustic version offering 17dB sound reduction.

Impact sound reduction

Impact sound reduction

How does it work?

Sound is generated by almost all everyday activity. Impact sound is generated by traffic contacting the floor surface. The floor is therefore also the main area where acoustic performance can be influenced.

Impact sound made on the floor in 1 room is transmitted through the floor into rooms below. To measure the impact sound reduction achieved by a floor covering, impact noise is generated with a hammer machine directly onto a concrete floor slab in an emission room and the sound level (S1) is recorded in the reception room below.

The floor covering is then laid onto the concrete slab, and the same impact noise is made on the floor covering, and the new sound level (S2) is recorded. The impact sound reduction (EN ISO 717-2) is the difference, measured in decibels, between the 2 sound levels recorded.

The impact sound reduction of Forbo's acoustic project vinyl and linoleum floors varies from 14 to 19 dB.

Impact sound reduction

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For schools, proper acoustic performance creates a quiet atmosphere (even if children are running in the corridors) to help children learn. In offices, it reduces stress and aggressiveness. And for hospitals and elderly homes, more peaceful environments help people recover – even if the medical staff is active and noisy.

The best way to reduce sound is at the source. That’s why acoustic floors are key when it comes to reducing noise in buildings.

Forbo Flooring is a specialist in acoustic flooring. We have more than 32 years’ experience and specific industry knowledge that allows us to deliver best-in-class acoustic flooring for every application.

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