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We put our kitchen floor tile right up against our wood parquet dining room floor about 20 years ago. We just butted the cut tile all the way to the wood. Luckily the height was the same. The floor has been perfect without any grout or silicone. We live in Iowa where the temperature and humidity both hit extremes. See photo. We are getting ready to remodel ...
You have the answer in your question. I've used felt cushions in appartments to reduce traffic noise and it makes a huge difference. But beware, if you have a very uneven subfloor you'll get a lot of squeaky noises and no rosin paper or cushions are going to fix the problem.
Silicone vapor shield (white) was recommended to me by the hardwood floor supplier. I used it and will probably use it again. I feel it provides a slick surface for adjusting the flooring during installation. The manufacturer claims superior moisture protection (mainly a factor over slabs), presumably from below. I have previously used 15# felt (dirty ...
You probably missed "the best option for reducing noise to below" if you put down new subfloors and didn't put insulation under them (assuming you actually removed the old subfloor and had open joists.) Your next-best option would be to blow in insulation from below. If you are already committed to nail-down flooring, I don't think the underlayment will ...
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