I recently purchased a home which has a nice hardwood installed floor on the second floor. However, I've noticed that that you can easily hear people on the second floor (talking at a reasonable volume), while standing in the corresponding room on the first floor.

I was wondering what can be done to dramatically reduce the sound, while not throwing away (or covering) the nice hardwood floor.

One idea I had was to remove the hardwood, install underlay then install the same hardwood panels I just removed. I was wondering, how difficult this would be. I am open to to different ideas.

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    "Is it possible" isn't really a good question format for this network. Sure, it's possible. Are you up for the effort and expense? If you were hoping for more detail in an answer, provide more detail in your question. What type of flooring? What type of installation? How old? Is extra product available? – isherwood Aug 6 '18 at 18:40
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    WHat do you mean by "hear people on the second floor"? Talking? Walking around? Doing something else? – brhans Aug 6 '18 at 18:53
  • you might also be hearing a lot more than usual if you haven't moved in yet; empty houses are well over twice as loud as furnished ones. – dandavis Aug 6 '18 at 19:45
  • Is this traditional nail down hardwood, an engineered floating floor, or engineered planks? – BillWeckel Oct 12 '18 at 20:30
  • I suspect that the sound isn't coming through the floor so much as it's echoing off it, off the adjacent walls, and down to your ear. Any sound-absorbing material along that path should help. – isherwood Dec 17 '19 at 14:47

If you don`t want to damage the floor you have to dam the ceiling with noice absorbing dam-materials.

But your suggestion to ininstall sounds good, you can fill the space under the hardwood with insulation fill or install a swiming screed.

  • how much time would you expect it to take to remove the panels in a way that i could reinstall them later. And how many of them would end up being thrown away? – Joe.Zeppy Aug 9 '18 at 17:45
  • Thats impossible for me to say from remote because i don`t know any sizes or quality nor how it is mounted. Depends on how much nails, screws and glue were used. I have a similar problem in my house where an old wood floor is creaking. – Reiner Aug 10 '18 at 9:17

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