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Acoustic Flooring

Acoustic Flooring

Achieving lower noise pollution is essential to reducing stress and promoting the well-being, comfort and efficiency of people working or learning. That’s why acoustic floors are key when it comes to reducing noise in buildings.

Forbo is a specialist in acoustic floors with more than 30 years’ experience. In our acoustic vinyl ranges you will find floors with an impact sound reduction of 15, 17 & 19dB.

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  • Sarlon | modul'up 3812 grey cristal
    Sarlon 15 dB

    Sarlon 15 dB

    The hybrid solution. Ideal for very demanding requirements, such as areas with heavy loads and intense traffic, Sarlon 15 dB offers the optimum balance between acoustic performance and residual indentation. The wide choice of aesthetics and colours makes it suitable for many dynamic environments. The introduction of the XtremPURTM lacquer ensures a high-quality performance, with easy maintenance guaranteeing many years of use. The range comprises over 90 items in 4 design families.

  • Sarlon | Modul'up 9406 coral terrazzo | 659 mercury slabstone
    Sarlon 19 dB

    Sarlon 19 dB

    The acoustic solution Sarlon has a long history of being an excellent all-round performer. The 19 dB acoustic performance and comfort, in combination with the best in class residual indentation, has made this product the leading acoustic solution. The performance of this product is further enhanced through the introduction of the XtremPUR™ lacquering, which brings many additional benefits. It can be used in any project where sound reduction is the key priority. Discover the 94 colourways, available in 4 design families.

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

    Modul'up 19 dB

    The Adhesive Free Acoustic Sheet Solution Modul’up is a proven adhesive free floor covering suitable for high traffic applications. Millions of m2 have been sold around around the world, proving that the Modul’up adhesive free concept is trusted and reliable. Modul’up is available in an acoustic (19 dB) and compact version. Both have the benefit of not having to use installation adhesive and are very suitable for busy areas. Modul'up 19 dB is available in 94 colours across 4 design families.

  • Marmoleum Decibel 304835
    Acoustic Marmoleum

    Acoustic Marmoleum


    Acoustic Marmoleum provides a linoleum floor that achieves lower dB values due to a special insulating layer that is connected to the linoleum sheet.

  • Eternal de Luxe decibel
    Eternal de Luxe Decibel

    Eternal de Luxe Decibel

    Eternal de Luxe is a great example of Forbo's unique, premium design capabilities. This new range features 22 fresh wood and stone effects, enhanced by authentic embossing structures that add even more realism to the designs. All colourways are available in both an extremely durable compact version as well as a decibel version which offers excellent underfoot comfort, superior residual indentation and 17dB impact noise reduction properties.

    To view the standard Eternal de Luxe range, click here

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    Flotex AcousticPlus

    Flotex AcousticPlus

Why Choose Acoustic Flooring?

Turn Down the Volume

The Forbo acoustic collection brings you floor coverings created and tested to maximise reduction of impact sound while meeting the requirements of high traffic commercial areas. Contributing to reducing internal noise disturbance in a range of ways, our acoustic flooring creates a more comfortable environment.

Acoustic Performance:
Two types of noise can contribute to noise pollution:

Ambient noise: In-room sound generated by impact within the room. To measure this, noise pressure is measured in the room to the standard NF-S 31-074. All Forbo’s acoustic collections sit in Class A, the highest possible rating.

Impact sound: Sound transmitted through the floor to the spaces below. Impact sound reduction is the most common sound reduction measure. To measure impact sound reduction delivered by a floor covering, impact noise is created by a hammer machine onto a concrete floor slab in an emission room with the sound level (S1) recorded. The floor covering is then laid on the concrete and the same impact noise is applied to the floor with the new sound level (S2) recorded. The impact sound reduction (EN ISO 717-2) is the decibel difference between the sound levels recorded. The impact sound reduction of our acoustic ranges from 14 to 19 dB.

Residual Indentation:
Depending on your installation location, residual indentation is a key consideration when you are selecting an acoustic floor. Compact acoustic products offer performance similar to compact products for indentation and easy rolling floor.

Always consider each criterion when selecting an acoustic floor and select the right balance between indentation resistance and acoustic performance.

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Where to Use?

You have the choice

Flooring for noise reduction

Each individual project will have its own set of unique circumstances which will dictate the best acoustic flooring solution.

For applications where sound reduction is the key, our 19 dB rated products such as Sarlon 19 dB, Modul’up Decibel and Allura Flrex offer excellent acoustic properties with residual indentation performance that’s the best in class.

However, in some instances the floor coverings may be subjected to very heavy or rolling loads, and so Sarlon 15 dB or our acoustic Marmoleum ranges will give you the optimum balance between acoustic performance and residual indentation.

Eternal de Luxe Decibel delivers ultimate high-end aesthetics with increased impact sound reduction of 17 dB for areas where impressions count.

Sarlon Wood XL 438422 carbon

Acoustic Marmoleum

Acoustic Marmoleum Construction

Acoustic Marmoleum provides a linoleum floor that achieves lower dB values due to a special insulating layer that is connected to the linoleum sheet. In this way impact sound reduction up to 17dB can be achieved.

Acoustic Marmoleum

Sound Reduction

Sound Reduction Explained

Impact Sounds Reduction
Impact sound made on the floor in one room is transmitted through the floor into rooms below. In order to measure the impact sound reduction achieved by a floor covering, impact noise is generated with a hammer machine directly onto the 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, 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 two sound levels recorded. The impact sound reduction of Forbo's acoustic ranges from 15 to 19dB.

In-Room Impact Noise

Airborne sound inside a room – ambient noise – is generated by impact noise in the room itself. To measure in-room impact noise, noise pressure is measured inside the room where the impact sound is generated, according to the standard NF-S 31-074. The measurements are classified into various categories, with Class A defining the best-performing floor coverings. All Forbo’s acoustic collections are in Class A.

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Sustainability

Sarlon - reducing noise pollution

There are three pillars of sustainability, Planet, People and Profit. Although the way we produce our acoustic floor coverings aims to reduce our environmental impact, our acoustic offer also has a part to play on the People pillar of sustainability.

Whether at work or at home, excess noise can become a real nuisance if left unchecked. Incessant noise is not only distracting, affecting productivity and concentration, but it can manifest in physical ailments. In fact, several studies, including ‘The Cardiovascular Effects of Noise’ published by Deutches Arzteblatt in 2019, have shown that regular exposure to loud noise has been associated with cardiovascular problems such as high blood pressure.

How it’s made
• Produced in Europe, all our acoustic solutions are produced in manufacturing plants where all the electricity comes from renewable sources.
• All our acoustic ranges are manufactured in production facilities that are certified to ISO14001 – environmental management standard.
• All our acoustic solutions are REACH* compliant for chemical content.
• The linoleum top layer of our acoustic Marmoleum ranges contains up to 98% natural raw materials and up to 47% recycled content

How it performs
Achieving lower noise pollution is essential to reducing stress and promoting the well-being, comfort and efficiency of people working or learning.
All our vinyl ranges are 100% phthalate-free

*Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) addresses the production and use of chemical substances and their potential impact on both human health and the environment

Social accountability
We care for the people that touch our business, from employees to suppliers. Most of our sites in Europe are certified to SA8000®. The SA8000 Standard is one of the world’s preeminent social standards which aims to protect workers along each step of the supply chain. Forbo was also involved in the development of BES 6002 (BRE’s Ethical Labour Sourcing Standard) and became the 1st flooring company certified to this standard.

Green certification
We provide Environmental Data Sheets for all our products. To download our EDS sheets and our independent EPD’s, please click here
For more details on how we’re helping to Create Better Environments click here

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