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the absorption of impact and sound isolation are required. Freedom Step and Freedom Step Pro panels are an engineered floating floor system that allows multi-use buildings to function by mitigating structure borne sound transfer. Floor impact isolation is required for applications such as ‘free weight drop’ and ‘treadmill noise’ in health clubs, ‘heavy floor impact’ for activities such as ‘dance studios’, ‘martial arts’, or ‘aerobics classes’.
The Freedom Step System has the highest acoustic isolation available of any floating floor in the world. Key to its performance are the ‘diamond shaped isolators’ that consist of conical multi pointed ‘compressible elastomer’ absorption pads and surrounded by acoustic media, that are pre-attached to nominal 2’x 2’ Tongue and Groove panels for fast and easy installation.
Acoustic performance is measured in an ASTM recognized testing method for IIC (Impact Isolation Class). The improvement is reported as Delta IIC. Lab Tested on a 6” concrete slab the Freedom Step System has the following acoustic performance. Freedom Step 1-5/8” overall thickness – Delta 35 improvement Freedom Step Pro - 2-5/8” overall thickness – Delta 44 improvement with significant low frequency benefits.
NOTE – Acoustic consultants please contact factory for test data.
Health Clubs and Gymnasiums face serious acoustic challenges trying to mitigate sound transfer to other areas in the multi-use or condominium building. The Freedom Step Floating Floor System limits sound transfer by significantly isolating vibration and impactbefore it gets into the building structure. The Freedom Step system can accommodate high point loads such as universal gym by adding additional isolators at these known locations.
Dancers need impact isolation and a stable floor to perform their best. Freedom Step is a true “Sprung Floor” system that reduces the impact and injury normally associated with dancing on hard floors. Freedom Step is significantly different than all others dance sub-floors in that it incorporates the ‘diamond shaped isolators’ that consist of conical ‘impact deceleration pads’. Different than all other flat pads used in the industry theFreedom Step isolators, by design, have a soft initial response absorbing and decelerating the dancers impact with no trampoline effect. Freedom Step provides the ultimate in comfort, safety and performance for the dance industry.
Freedom Step Panels are ready to be installed right off the skid and do not require any special tools or training. The Tongue and Groove panels are simply tapped together using a hammer and spare piece of wood. It is recommended that they are installed in a ‘brick’ pattern for the greatest stability followed by an overlay of plywood with joints staggered to the Freedom Step Panels. For dance floors use a ‘good one side’ ½” plywood to retain the maximum resilience. For commercial gyms use minimum 5/8” or ¾” plywood before the gym floor finish for impact resistance. Concrete toppings can be poured over Freedom Step – Please consult factory for loadings.
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