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Acoustic flooring

Acoustic flooring

Sound can have adverse effects on the human body such as sleeping disorders, stress and headaches. Acoustic floors have an important contribution when it comes to reducing noise in buildings. Forbo Flooring is a specialist in acoustic floors with more than 30 years of experience. In our resilient acoustic range you will find linoleum and vinyl floors with impact sound reductions up to 19dB.

  • Acoustic flooring
  • Acoustic flooring
  • Acoustic flooring
  • Acoustic flooring
  • Acoustic flooring
  • Eternal
    Eternal Decibel

    Eternal Decibel acoustic vinyl

    All items in our Eternal general purpose vinyl flooring, except for Eternal digital print, can be made in a contact-acoustic reducing variant that realizes 17dB sound reduction. The minimum order quantity for Eternal Decibel is 4400 m2. The thickness of Eternal Decibel is 3.0 mm, the wearlayer 0.7 mm. It contains all high quality functionalities of the regular Eternal range including the proven PUR Pearl lacquering protection technique.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Surestep Wood Decibel
    Surestep Decibel

    Surestep Decibel safety vinyl

    Sound reduction and slip resistance delivered by 1 range! Our Surestep Decibel safety vinyl range combines guaranteed life time slip resistant performance with an impact sound reduction of 17 dB. With the PUR Pearl protection finish, appearance retention is guaranteed for warranty lifetime and cleaning requirements are reduced even under high traffic conditions.

  • Allura Decibel 8SE32 anthracite seagrass
    Allura Decibel

    Allura Decibel LVT

    Allura Decibel presents the new standard in acoustic LVT. The balanced color palette of wood, stone and concrete designs combines beautiful floor design with excellent performance in acoustic noise reduction (19dB) and dimensional stability.

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

    Sarlon 15 dB acoustic vinyl

    The hybrid solution without compromise. Sarlon 15 dB is a unique flooring solution for areas with high acoustic and high load requirements. With chemical resistance, easy maintenance, long-lasting performance of Xtrem PURTM and excellent residual indentation it is the perfect solution in demanding environments. The range comprises over 90 items in 4 design directions: Wood, Material, Graphic and Colour.

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

    Sarlon 19 dB acoustic vinyl

    Our renewed Sarlon 19 dB range is the perfect flooring solution for sound reduction. It offers the best possible acoustic properties along with a residual indentation that is best in class for acoustic flooring solutions, with XtremPUR™ making it easy to maintain whilst offering lasting high performance protection. Discover the 94 items, divided in 4 design directions: Wood, Material, Graphic and Colour.

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

    Modul'up 19 dB loose lay vinyl

    Committed to the future. Modul’up is the best loose lay floor covering available for high traffic applications. It can be installed quickly without adhesives, and is even more time and cost efficient at time of replacement. Modul'up is available in an acoustic (19 dB) and compact version. Both formats offer the best possible quality and durability. Modul'up 19 dB offers over 90 colours in 4 design directions: Wood, Material, Graphic and Colour.

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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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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

Acoustics whitepaper

Acoustics whitepaper

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 light of this growing concern, noise-reducing solutions are becoming increasingly commonplace in domestic and commercial properties. To this end, there is now an expectation that buildings should incorporate solutions that can effectively deal with excess noise.

For many, this endeavour will require an enhanced understanding of acoustics. For this reason we created a whitepaper were we will highlight the different types of sound that can occur in a building, the relevant regulations applicable to acoustic design and the benefits of installing acoustic flooring solutions.
Go to the acoustics whitepaper

Acoustic Flooring