We have found that, especially in condominium and office settings, clients are increasingly concerned about noise reduction.  The reality is that there are a number of factors which contribute to noise reduction but the right carpet and padding can make a big difference. Please read on about a couple recent examples of how we were able to use carpet to reduce noise, maybe we can help you!

1:

In Brookline, MA we were approached by a two building 28 unit condominium association about proposing a solution for new carpeting in their common stairwells.  The staircases themselves were old creaky wood and unit owners complained that they could hear the pounding of people going up and down the stairs at all times of the day and night.

Over the course of two days we removed the carpeting along with its old felt padding and then proceeded to remove the loose nails from the staircase.

To secure the old hardwood, we installed new ring shank nails that would withstand the test of time and in certain places replaced rotten stair treads. Over the treads we installed noise reducing commercial rubber padding from Leggett and Platt and a dense heavy Karastan carpet from the Mohawk Group.

Common Stairwell Carpet

Common Stairwell Carpet

Common Stairwell Carpet

Common Stairwell Carpet

Common Stairwell Carpet

Common Stairwell Carpet

 

 

2:

At Vlora restaurant in Copley Square the chef / owner came to us with the idea of putting carpet on the walls in order to reduce the noise in a private party room.  At first, we had concerns about the seaming and the process of adhering the carpet to the walls but together we were able to come up with a concrete game plan and move forward.  The owner was so happy with the style and noise reduction that the carpet provided we ended up covering most of the walls throughout the restaurant in carpeting.  Who knew, carpet noise reduction could be applied to the walls of a restaurant?

 

Wall Carpet

Wall Carpet

Wall Carpet

Wall Carpet

Wall Carpet

Wall Carpet

3:

In Waltham, we were called in to replace the hardwood for a client’s office lobby.  In speaking with the client about general flooring concerns he mentioned that they loved the existing polished concrete flooring in the main office areas but they complained that the area was very loud.  After some discussion we decided to install different styles of interface carpet tile in specific high noise and high traffic areas around the office.  The carpet, with its rubber backing reduced the amount of noise from passing foot traffic and absorbed an incredible amount of noise from phone conversations and employee interactions.  The CEO even credited us with improving employee productivity!