Change Your Flooring

by Ella Kern

Before replacing your old carpet with parquet or tiling, think of your neighbor from below! If you do not take some technical precautions, including phonics, you may conflict with him.

It is a common sense rule, but in co-ownership when you want to replace its flooring, you have to think of your neighbors below. Hearing a ball rolling, following a person’s steps or jumping at each impact on the ground can quickly exasperate your neighbor and alter your neighborly relations.

As the most important rule, in the event of a change of floor covering, the sound insulation must in no way be impaired by the mere fact of replacing carpeting with tiles or parquet. Also, before starting work, it is better to take some technical precautions.

Request Permission To Change Your Flooring

If you are an owner, the co-ownership rules will inform you about the conditions to respect. It may be that you have an obligation to obtain the authorization of the General Assembly of the co-owners or the Syndic of co-ownership.

If the co-ownership regulation prohibits the modification of the coatings or requires that the acoustic performances are not reduced or subjects the works to the respect of certain conditions, it is imperative to respect these clauses, under penalty of being held liable.

If the occupant is a tenant, he will naturally have to consult his owner and ask for his authorization before starting the work.

Technical Precautions Before Laying Tiles

Replacing soft material such as carpeting with tiles or parquet requires special care. The primary objective is not to degrade the first acoustic quality. Most often it will be necessary to lay an underlay between the support floor and the new floor. Its purpose will be to attenuate impact noises.

If this step is essential for tiling, it is nevertheless possible to put the parquet on the old carpet or opt for parquet and laminate floors with a resilient underlayment. He will advise you on the most relevant solutions depending on the support and future coating: resilient underlayment or placement of a floating slab.

Depending on the time and date of construction of your building, the acoustic regulations are not the same. Indeed between the buildings of the seventies and those of today, there is an essential technical gap. The soundproofing work will not be identical.