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Quiet Walk?? underlayment is the hallmark product of MP Global Products. Our revolutionary "Quiet Walk??" laminate floor underlayment smoothes out little sub floor imperfections while quieting impact sound and floor to ceiling noise. Not only does it dampen ambient sound in the room it's installed in, but it also inhibits sound from traveling into the room below. Although it is promoted as an upgrade underlayment taking the place of poly foam, it doesn't carry a heavy upgrade price when compared to cork or rubber. On the other hand, in recent head-to-head Sound Transmission Loss tests, Quiet Walk?? outperformed both cork and rubber in the majority of test band frequencies. Certified field sound tests were performed on an installation over a standard concrete sub floor, and received an FIIC score of "60". In addition to its sound deadening benefits, the absorbing action of the synthetic fibers together with the attached vapor barrier provides superior moisture protection that is backed by a Limited Lifetime warranty. Another benefit is the increase in R-value to help keep floors warm in the winter, and cool in the summer. Quiet Walk?? is available in 100 square foot do-it-yourself size rolls
Increased absorbency & dissipation of moisture with added Super Absorbent Polymer (SAP)
that enhances moisture carrying capacity
Increased moisture barrier strength
QuietWalk?? filaments are randomly air-laid creating a capillary affect to cushion the floor,
absorb sound, and help make laminate floors
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31 of 32 found the following review helpful:
QuietWalk vs FloorMufflerApr 17, 2012
By R. Holzle
I am putting in about 1,500 ft2 of floating flooring (5" wide planks x 1/2" thick) over a wood subfloor. In my first room I put in 1/2 QuietWalk (QW) and 1/2 FloorMuffler (FM). This review is the summary of my experience and observations.
Product Description - The QW is a fairly heavy felt pad, about 50% thicker than FM. FM is an unsuual foam product. The FM foam is closer to a thin comparitively dense syrofoam cup than a springy foam that you would find in a pillow. QW is much heavier and stronger than FM.
Strength - The QW felt is strong and very difficult to tear. The QW plastic vapor cover is fairly light, but never tore while I was puttin it in. The FM will tear if moderately stressed, for example snagging it with the edge of a piece of flooring. It suffered a couple small tears during installation.
Formability - Meaning the ability to mold around small bumps or floor defects. This is a strength of FM. I had a work table sitting on the FM for a couple of days. FM had a permanent depression (but no tear) where the table leg set. This indicates to me that the FM will permanently deform around a floor defect while supporting the remainder of the floor. I think this is good. QW did not exhibit the ability to take a pemanent depression.
Installability - FM is much easier to install. It is light weight and can be easily cut with a box cutter. QW is heavier and is fairly easily cut with scissors. I could not consistantly cut it with a box cutter. A new sharp box cutter might have worked. Both were comparable in terms of laying flat and attaching one sheet to the next.
Purchase Options - FM is avialable from several internet sites, at least one was cheaper than Amazon. QW had very few purchasing options; Amazon had the best price. Both were delivered quickly from Amazon. Also note that 'Quietwalk' and 'Quiet Walk' from Lumber Liquidators, among others, are different products.
Noise Test - After I put the floor down I tapped with a board and bounced a golf ball on various sections to see if I could tell a difference. The noise volume in the room seemed the same to me for the FM and QW. My wife thought the FM was quieter. The QW had a slightly lower tone than the FM; I though the QW sounded a little better. The height of the golf ball bounce varied by location (I leveled my floor with 30# tar paper). I judged a low bounce to be good, as this indicated that the underlay was absorbing energy and in good contact with the bottom of the flooring. The QW had more low bounces than the FM.
Walking Comfort - I could not tell much difference in the comfort of the installed floor. My feeling was that the QW was a little softer (more comfortable).
Conclusion - I decided to use QW. I liked that it was physically stronger and heavier. The golf ball test indicated better contact.
Other Products - I looked at the Roberts products, but ultimately decided to buy American made as the cost difference was not too great. There were a couple of other underlays that I would have tried (e.g. Sound Solutions), but I could not find where to buy them on the Internet.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Great productApr 11, 2010
I researched under layment for basement laminate application online after a disappointing selection at the big box stores. If your putting down laminate and need an under layment - buy this product! The durability and quality was evident on the 1st roll. It's difficult to cut through with a blade knife - so you may want to use scissors. Sound deadening and feel underfoot is great. If you want to save a few bucks and get a superior product, buy your laminate at your local store but order this under layment online.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Great, but laminate still sounds like laminateMar 22, 2011
By A. Hynes
I used this underlayment to replace 80s foam laid on a concrete basement subfloor. Installation was a breeze, but the moisture barrier was a little thin. The blue color makes it simple to spot gaps, and the extra bit with the adhesive made it easy to seal strips together. I repeatedly found myself patching rips from where I had hammered the flooring a little too hard and my mallet had touched the barrier.
The ease of tearing was the only problem I have with this underlayment. It's certainly quieter than plain foam, and the temperature insulation factor is much improved over a plain plastic barrier.
If you put inexpensive laminate on top of it, it will still sound like plastic flooring however.
3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Highly recommend this underlaymentSep 12, 2010
This is the first time I use underlayment product. I was trying to choose in between this one and Roberts Harmony 3-in-1. And I finally decided to give this one a try as it seems more sound proof than RH. And I don't regret my choice.
5 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Very good product, great price.Apr 30, 2010
By D. Holland
While I am not an expert in the field of "underlayment" I can offer my observations from the product:
I found it to be very consistent with regards to thickness and the overlapping adhesive was very convenient. Its light - so I anticipate that it would not be as good as a mass loaded vinyl type product in regards to certain frequencies. For my specific use I intended, and did, nail down the floor with 2 1/2" cleats. This clearly undermines the "quiet" performance as noise will propagate through the nails. However, I did some casual testing and found that a lot of the "clack" is dampened which was what I was going for. It did NOT in anyway make the floor sound like pergo or some snap-together engineered product (I installed solid hardwood).
Product was very easy to work with. However, the vapor barrier is very, very delicate and will tear easily so be careful during insulation.
I intend to buy more as I continue to re-floor the rest of the house. While I have never personally tried other brands or types of product, I found no compelling reasons to do so.
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