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Keep the Noise Down with QT Sound Control

New York is a vertical city, which makes effective sound control not just a luxury but a necessity. Contractors, developers, and facility managers in NYC and Long Island must consider sound control at every stage of their construction projects. However, managing sound transmission between floors presents a unique challenge that demands attention to detail and the use of specialized materials.

QT Sound Control underlayment offers a practical and eco-friendly solution. Ecore manufactures this innovative product using 100 percent recycled rubber. It’s specifically designed to address the complexities of sound control in multistory buildings. By incorporating QT Sound Control underlayment into their projects, contractors, and developers can significantly reduce the transmission of noise between floors, creating more comfortable and peaceful environments for residents and occupants.

Consistent Quality

Quality and consistency vary among manufacturers, which means performance also varies. That’s why it’s so important to choose the highest quality sound control underlayment possible. “Better quality translates into better sound control,” says Steven J. Gutsch, Director of Sales for Ecore, makers of QT Sound Control products. “And in this category, we know we are actually the best product because we test our QT Sound Control line so thoroughly.”

Ecore makes QT Sound Insulation using recycled rubber from semi-truck tires. “The rubber used for semi-truck tires is much denser than car tires,” Gutsch explains. “Other manufacturers may use any type of recycled rubber, including more porous rubber used in bikes or even golf cards. By sticking to semi-truck tires, we maintain consistent density, which translates into better sound control and consistent quality.”

This consistency has practical benefits for end-users. “When an engineer specs a 2mm roll from us, the roll is exactly 2mm thick,” Gutsch emphasizes. “It has to consistently comply with IIC ratings.” However, some competitors’ 2mm underlayment might actually measure 1.7mm or even 1.5mm.


Those seemingly minor differences add up to big swings in performance. “When you hold our underlayment up to the light, it’s a total blackout. No pinholes,” Gutsch says. “When you hold our competitor’s product up to the light, you’ll see a blanket of pin holes. Each of those pin holes represents a way for sound to travel through.”

Industry-Leading Testing

The gold standard for underlayment sound control is impact insulation class (IIC) ratings. This standard was created to rank the capability of a floor in a multistory building to suppress or eliminate sound levels between stories. “We subcontract for testing,” Gutsch explains,” because we want unbiased results from the most skilled researchers.”

In fact, QT Sound Insulation’s promise of performance is backed by hundreds of third-party acoustical tests. “This kind of rigorous testing is not cheap, so many of our competitors skip it,” Gutsch notes.
“But Ecore does it the right way. We test everything so our customers know what they’re getting and can confidently predict how it will perform. We even have a team of acoustical engineers who can help customers determine what products best meet their needs. There’s absolutely no question that we lead the industry in testing.”

Ecore posts these test results on its website. A chart of results may be found here.

Green Building Materials

Ecore is dedicated to following sustainable building practices. That commitment to environmental responsibility is evident in its membership in the U.S. Green Building Council. When customers use QT Sound Control underlayment, they may earn LEED points in two out of the six categories.

Beyond LEED certification, Ecore’s impact extends to waste reduction. “Ecore diverts an impressive 300 million pounds of rubber waste from landfills and incineration each year,” Gutsch says. “Our substantial efforts have meant that Ecore is one of the largest users of scrap tire rubber in North America. By repurposing this waste, Ecore not only minimizes environmental harm but also contributes to the circular economy by giving discarded materials new life.”

Made in the USA

While many manufacturers try to claim “Made in the USA” status, 100 percent of QT Sound Control Underlayment components (value) and 100 percent of the product is assembled and manufactured in the U.S. Ecore is Made in USA Certified, the nation’s leading third-party independent certification source for USA-Country of Origin claims.

“We’re made in the U.S.,” Gutsch confirms, “with plants in New York, Pennsylvania, Alabama, and Ohio. We’ve been growing and growing, but by adding new plants, we’ve been able to keep up with the ever-growing demand. Our capacity is incredible.”

Want to Learn More About QT Sound Control?

If you want to learn more about QT Sound Control and Sound Insulation underlayment or explore your sound control options for your next project, contact Metro Interior Distributors today. We’re here to help.


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