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I intend on replacing carpeting in a 7th floor condo suite. The floor is concrete with about a half inch of carpet padding on top. My concern is the neighbours on the floor below, would I need to install underlayment to ensure the neighbours down below dont hear traffic noises? and would a moisture barrier be necessary? since its 7 floors up I dont expect any moisture could gather, but I'm not sure, so I thought I better ask!

Should I expect that laminate on concrete would be much louder than laminate on underlayment?

I apologize if this has already been answered, I did spend some time getting lost in the archives before asking, I promise :)
 

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Yep, always install the foam pad with the floating floor. It is always necessary. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions. Unless of course you don't mind voiding warranties and stuff. :cheesygri
 

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Sorry, I should have mentioned the laminate I plan to install has a 3mil foam glued to its underside. I was talking more about the sound deadener. Not sure if i'll need additional sound dampening considering I have all that concrete between me and my neighbour.

I've seen corking, and rubber sound dampening materials available but I wasn't sure if sound could carry through that much concrete.

maybe i'll just learn to take off my shoes :p
 

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Moisture is not such a problem in condos as most run A/C or humidistats. Noise IS a factor. I install the minimum at least. Most of the condos here are oceanfront and I can sell lead/foam, cork or combos. Rich folks don't like to be disturbed or the source of a disturbance.
 

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Higher end lam pad deals with DBA. That is sound from t.v's and radios (sound waves)
They will still hear ya walkin. More than the carpet.

check condo rules.
 

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Glue Down!

I sell a ton of engineered and bamboo products into large condo projects in Boston and the most successful application so far has been using a flooring glue to fasten a 6mm cork underlay and then glue the flooring to that. It will not float, will give you a nice solid feel and provide some sound resistance so your neighbors below don't hear all your business.
 
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