7/10/2014<< Back to Facilities Management Press Releases Home
Introducing LuxWalk Sound-Suppressing Underlayment For Luxury Vinyl Flooring
Norfolk, NE -- MP Global Products introduces LuxWalk®, a new underlayment engineered specifically for under floating or glue-down LVF. Providing full subfloor coverage and carrying impressive IIC and STC sound test ratings, LuxWalk effectively soothes impact sound and floor to ceiling noise.
At 25/1000” thickness and featuring a smartly engineered heavy duty design, LuxWalk adds the right amount of cushioning under LVF and is sturdy enough to smooth out minor imperfections in the subfloor without perceptibly raising the finished floor height. It also retards movement of LVF installed over it, helping reduce abrasion of the underside of the LVF and minimizing impressions and indentations that can occur in the finished floor.
Made from polyethylene film that incorporates blended recycled polyester fiber (derived from soda bottles diverted from landfill) with hot-melt adhesive, LuxWalk, with 31% post-consumer recycled content, is LEED compliant and will contribute to MRc 4.1 - 4.2 credits.
In the IIC test, designed to measure the impact sound transmission performance of a floor-ceiling assembly in a controlled laboratory environment, 4.2 mm luxury vinyl planks installed over LuxWalk and 6” concrete with suspended ceiling achieved an impressive sound rating of 72.
In the STC test, which measures the sound-insulating property of a partition element expressed in terms of the sound transmission loss, 4.2 mm luxury vinyl planks over LuxWalk and 6” concrete with suspended ceiling achieved an outstanding rating of 66. Both these rating are appreciably higher than the ratings of 50 that the IBC (International Building Code) suggests.
LuxWalk’s excellent sound test results provide irrefutable documentation that can be shared with building inspectors at commercial or multi-family housing projects who are evaluating sound suppression, whether or not the manufacturer of the LVF has, independently, tested for sound reduction.
LuxWalk also improves the way LVF handles potential harmful moisture, carrying an excellent Water Vapor Transmission Rate of 0.273 grams per 100 sq. inches per day.
When it comes to pairing new luxury vinyl flooring for residential and commercial installations with value-adding underlayment, sound suppressing LuxWalk is a perfect partner. Available in 3’ x 66’8” rolls for easy installation.
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Headquartered in Norfolk, Nebraska, MP Global Products L.L.C. is an innovator and leader in the manufacture of Made-in-the-USA earth-friendly quality acoustic floor underlayment, including QuietWalk®, VersaWalk™, UltraLayer®, UltraLayer® Peel & Stick, QuietWarmth® Fiber and QuietWarmth® Film. www.quietwalk.com, 888-379-9695.