When looking for an acoustic performanceoption under your wood flooring there are many different types of underlayments to choose from, from rubber to cork and other synthetics. Choosing the right one can make all the difference. I would like to discuss an amazing new option from Sika Flooring Products called AcouBond System. Here at California Flooring Service this is now what we recommend for superior acoustical performance and even installing solid wood flooring over concrete. This is a game changer!
The Sika®AcouBond®-System incorporates Direct Bond Technology with acoustic performance. The Sika®AcouBond®-System consists of SikaLayer-03, a 1/8” (3 mm) proprietary specially slotted foam mat, and the SikaBond®-T53, unique permanently elastic, super strong, sound dampening adhesive that form a tenacious bond to wood flooring, plywood subfloors, concrete and other common subfloor materials.
Where to Use: Used to bond structurally sound solid and engineered hardwood in new construction and renovations in residential, office, and industrial buildings as well as sales and show rooms. It is commonly used over in-floor radiant heating and on grade cement and gypsum-based slabs. Field testing demonstrates unmatched sound reductions.
Advantages: Independently tested to – IIC 59 and STC 60 | Independently tested to – FIIC 59 and FSTC 59 | Extremely easy to install | Structurally bonds wood flooring to subfloor | SikaBond-T53 bonds solid wood flooring up to 8 in. (18 cm) wide and engineered planks up to14 in. (36 cm) wide directly to concrete substrates | No limitations on maximum wood length | Eliminates the extensive labor of installing cork underlayments | No need for sleepers and plywood over concrete and gypsum-based subfloors | Innovative walk-on work method | Can reduce overall installation costs up to 30% | Suitable for bonding wood floors directly onto old ceramic tiles | Reduces stress on the substrate.
Can you install tile over an existing tile or stone back splash? the answer is YES!
For situations where the stone or tile cannot be removed or that it would cause other problems, we can most of the time go right over it without scarifying the existing material but by using a product called Prim Gripby Mapei.
ECO Prim Gripis a ready-to-use, low-VOC, synthetic resin-based primer with bond-promoting silica aggregates suspended in a dispersion. It enhances the performance and adhesion of mortars to existing ceramics and difficult-to-bond-to substrates. Plus, it improves bonding of self-leveling underlayments (SLUs) and bonds of render coats over cementitious substrates. Suitable for a wide variety of substrates,ECO Prim Gripcombines excellent versatility with an easy, low-odor application.
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Here you can see an example of where we used the Prim Grip: