With scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean or Intercoastal Waterways, the 355-room Trump International Sonesta Beach Resort in Sunny Isle Beach offers serenity and luxury. So when developers were specifying a new flooring underlayment, it needed to meet or exceed the standards of the building industry for sound abatement within the state of Florida and Miami Dade County and have other performance capabilities as well.
Setting the gold standard for hospitality, the developers of the resort, Donald Trump and Dezer Properties, wanted an underlayment that would address noise abatement, crack suppression and potential mold issues.
In Florida, code requires the floor assembly address abatement of floor-to-floor noise in dwelling units in high rise buildings from each other or from public or service areas. The underlayment had to meet code requirements plus be easy to install and cost effective.
The team chose MP Global Products insulayment, a high performing, Earth-friendly fiber acoustic underlayment designed for use under glue-down and nail down hardwood and engineered wood floors and under ceramic, porcelain and most stone tile, where it acts as an isolation barrier. The underlayment features randomly air-laid filaments that create a capillary effect that cushions the floor and absorbs impact sound. It carries a Field IIC rating of 60 when tested under 0.375-in. glued-down engineered wood and when tested under ceramic tile, each time over 8-in. concrete with no ceiling assembly. Insulayment also helps smooth out imperfections in the subfloor and suppresses the transfer of lateral cracks up to 0.25-in. from concrete subfloors to the covered flooring material. Insulayment includes an antimicrobial additive that inhibits mold growth and, with an R-value of approximately 0.50, adds a thermal break to the flooring assembly. Insulayment is third-party certified made from 100% pre-consumer recycled textile content and is LEED compliant. “Insulayment was easy to install, cost effective, and met all the code requirements set by the industry and within the State of Florida and Miami Dade County,” said Angel Acosta, construction project manager, Trump Grande Ocean Resort and Residences.