TV studios have sound-absorbing walls and sound-reflecting ceilings and floors, with this configuration providing a clean sound transition.
With acoustic flooring for TV studios, hard, smooth and durable are the key characteristics people look for. You want the sound to bounce off the floor but not off the walls, so it has clarity and a clean finish.
The best flooring for TV studios is concrete. Concrete is the smoothest flooring you can get, making it perfect for producing a clean sound.
However, if you want a softer and more organic sound, hardwood or laminate flooring is a great option that will save you some money.
Concrete flooring reflects sound with minimal volume and quality loss. It can be installed over most existing subfloors, including tile and old concrete floors in good condition, providing they have no problems under them. The reflective qualities of concrete make it ideal for large TV studios wanting to maximise sound.
Hardwood flooring reflects a little less sound than concrete and softens it, providing a natural, organic sound. It’s perfect for smaller TV studios delivering live broadcasts, with the hardwood helping remove conversations’ harshness. It’s also exceptionally durable, with a lifespan of over a decade when properly maintained.
Laminate flooring is made from engineered timber. The timber boards are thinner than hardwood but denser and stronger. Laminate absorbs more sound than concrete, but less sound than hardwood, making it a good middle ground. If you like the acoustic qualities of wood but don’t have a huge budget, laminate is for you.
Vinyl flooring is the cheapest option for TV studios but by no means the poorest! It’s durable, available in hundreds of finishes, easy to replace, and it reflects more sound than laminate with good comfort underfoot. We recommend vinyl when you want to install a floor over an existing solid floor like tiles.
A floating floor is best if you want acoustic isolation in your TV studio. The TVS Raised Adjustable Acoustic Floor System is perfect for TV studios because it can be installed over existing floors, slashing the renovation cost. It also provides space for services, letting you upgrade your floor without moving services around.
Not sure what flooring you need? Contact us for advice about your TV studio’s acoustic flooring requirements, and we’ll be glad to help.