Acoustic Performance

Managing Sound

Studies have shown that sound can impact your health and the healing process. Controlling the acoustical noise in a healthcare setting can contribute to supporting safety, health, healing, and well-being for all patients and staff.

If acoustical conditions are poor, the psychological and physiological health of the patients is impacted. For example, loud or sudden noises can increase blood pressure and higher respiratory rates. Prolonged loud noises can lead to memory loss, irritation, decreased pain tolerance and perceptions of isolation.


We all want to find ways to manage sound in the built environment. In order to manage sound, you first have to know where the sound is coming from. There are two sources of sound.

Airborne Sound

This includes sounds that come from outside of the building, such as roads, airplanes, construction machinery, etc. This type of sound is hard to mitigate with resilient flooring alone and other structural components such as walls, windows, and doors can minimize airborne noise.

Impact Sound

This type of sound happens when an object hits another object or surface of the floor, which generates sound that travels through the building. This occurs from activities such as, walking, items dropping, or rolling beds down hallways. SetaGrip can help mitigate impact sounds within the built environment.

How is Impact Noise Measured?

The most common test methods used to measure Impact noise are called Impact Insulation Class (IIC) or 𝝙IIC (Delta IIC). The difference between these two test methods is the IIC testing score is used to determine the amount of impact noise isolation such as footsteps from walking above. This test provides an acoustic rating that determines how well a floor/ceiling assembly blocks impact noise such as walking or dropping items. The 𝝙IIC measures the how the underlayment adds to the assembly in terms of impact sound isolation.

SetaGrip’s Acoustic Properties

The SetaGrip back offers the perfect solution for reducing the noise level in high-traffic areas. Our 3.5mm product achieves a 56 IIC over a 6” concrete slab without a drop ceiling. making it an ideal solution for blocking sound in all commercial applications. This innovative technology will contribute to your sound reduction requirements.