I recently purchased a top level condo with floating bamboo floors. My HOA doesn't have any rules around hardwood floor installation and I think that whoever installed these floors didn't put a very good underlayment down.
Because of this issue I've been having many fights with my downstairs neighbors about the noise levels. We've finally reached an agreement to split the cost on fixing the problem. But I'm not really sure whats the best way to address this issue.
I was thinking that the best option might be to just have the floors torn up. Lay down a nice sound proof underlayment like cork. And then have wall to wall carpeting installed.
Is this a solid way of reducing noise for our neighbors? Does anyone have good suggestions for this type of problem? The noise I am trying to reduce is mostly impact noise from walking around and I really am just concerned about finding the right solution.
I am okay with just putting carpet down in place of the bamboo. I don't really mind carpet and I think it will make a big different in terms of audio noise in addition to the "contact" noise of just walking around. From the comments it seems like if I tear up the hardwood floors. Put down a good foam underlayment and lay carpet on top that should be enough? Cork won't help much past that point?
I already have area rugs in most of the rooms. But still hear noise when stepping on the creaky parts of the floor.