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Floating Floors


The idea of pouring a secondary floor on an elastic medium goes back as long as we can remember. Cork was the first material that was used for this idea, but because of its high frequency in early floating floors were not too effective. The method of pouring concrete on plywood supported by fiberglass was improved upon by substituting EAFM-AASHO bridge-bearing neoprene mounts for the glass. Panels are not the best approach, however, and we recommend the jack-up system.

You pour the secondary floor around FS-1702 or FSN mounts on plastic sheeting spread over the sub floor. The cured slab is lifted by turning the adjustment bolts in each mount. No plywood is left beneath the floors; there is no possibility of concrete breaking through the form work to short circuit the system and larger more effective air gaps can be used at no increase in cost. Mountings are usually placed on 54” centers with closer spacing in areas carrying heavier loads. The FS spring design is used for those applications where impact rather than sound is the majöor problem. These jack-up systems were both developed and proven by our company and we have acoustical and structural test data to back up our recommendations. Floating walls and suspended ceilings complete the isolation. Walls should be resting on a continuous SWW pad, if not on the floating floor and sealed at the top with AB-716 angle brackets. Buckling is prevented by means of DNSB sway braces or the simpler WIC or WCL commonly used with fabricated walls. All of these devices use neoprene as the isolation media or natural rubber if specifically called for by an acoustical consultant.

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