Flooring, flooring and more flooring!
Even though the rough stuff is still going on at the condo building, it's time to choose flooring! For anyone that's ever had to wade through the stacks and flipboards of flooring samples, you know that the choices are endless. There's carpet, vinyl, tile, luxury vinyl plank (LVP), and on and on and on... Flooring companies are kind of like family factions - "mine is the best fiber, that other one uses nylon!" Gasp!
I am finding that there's a whole other language that flooring companies use and it requires translation, especially when it comes to trying to decipher the sound ratings (which are really important when building a condo that one wants to be as soundproof as humanly possible). There's the IIC (Impact Insulation Class) and the STC (Sound Transmission Class). The IIC describes product's resistance to the low-pitch, thud-type noises, and the STC describes the product's resistance to the high-pitch, dropped-something-on-the-floor type noises. For both abbreviations, you want your score to be as high as possible. On many products, finding the rating is hard. I don't know why. I am repeatedly asking "What's the IIC?"
Then there's obviously the look of the flooring. You want the flooring to be beautiful, and to wear well. Add all of these requirements together, and choosing flooring can be a daunting task. Never fear, future condo owner - I am doing the leg work for you! I am chasing down the IIC and the STC and will give you the best, most sound-resistant floor I can possibly find! All you have to do is choose between Rustic Brown and Tavern Oak.