The Floor Is A Crucial Part of Any Holistic Acoustic-Design Strategy

Acoustic strategies often focus on ceiling and wall treatments. However, in most interior spaces flooring occupies the same amount of surface area as ceilings and can have a huge impact in improving productivity and reducing stress for occupants. Don’t forget: the floor is the one surface that we’re actually physically in contact with at all times which means, it plays a major role in noise generation. Explore below as we detail ways flooring can go from overlooked to playing a key role in a holistic acoustic-design strategy. 

Acoustic Video - Milliken Floor Covering

Milliken is an interesting mix of scientists, chemists, engineers, stylists, and designers. Together we make this exceptional noise-cancelling technology possible. Milliken is proud to provide the world's most technologically sound carpet backing in the industry.


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Significant Acoustic Advantages

Milliken-Ontera's cushion backed carpet tiles provides significant acoustic advantages. Moving from a hard to a soft surface can significantly reduce noise generation and transmission. But it doesn’t stop there. Milliken-Ontera's cushion backing absorbs 60% more noise and transmits 50% less noise than hardback carpet. 

Watch this video to hear for yourself, the difference cushion backed carpet tiles can make on your next project.

Acoustics Test Comparison – Hard Surface vs Soft Surface

Acoustics Test Comparison – LVT


A Comprehensive Look At Sound Strategies For The Floor

How does noise affect us?

And what can we do about it?

Click to the left for some acoustic background. The science of sound, testing methodologies, the differences between NRC, IIC and STC — Milliken-Ontera can help you clear a few things up.


Because Quieter Spaces Lead To Happier, More Productive Employees

  • Loud spaces can negatively impact concentration, memory, productivity, comprehension and lower morale. Long term exposure to noise can even increase heart rates and quicken breathing leading to higher levels of stress hormones, which can literally make you sick;
  • In educational environments, common ambient noise levels decrease intelligibility significantly — in some cases by as much as half;
  • Milliken-Ontera cushion-backed products — and premium LVT underlayments — can play a significant role in creating quieter, more productive spaces.

acoustic values

In open-office environments, with teams of people all talking at once, noise can be disturbing and frustrating. In such environments, the acoustic advantages of Milliken-Ontera cushion backing are impressive.

Acoustic Values for our current portfolio of products can be downloaded below: