The Quiet Tile Floor Option for High Rise Construction

Beach Club Hallandale Paraisio Bayview Miami Hyde Beach Resort Hallandale Beachwalk Hallandale

Beach Club,


Paraisio Bayviews,


Hyde Beach Resort,




SLS Brickell. Miami
SLS Brickell, Miami

Look at these South Florida condos and see if you can identify the single most important design/construction feature in all of them. Here's a few hints. It isn’t the landscaping, the furniture in the models, the under­ ground parking, the views, the exercise equipment, the prestigious name or the "once-in-a-lifetime" discounts currently being offered. Here's another few hints. You can't even see it . . . and you can't hear it.


You can’t hear it because the single most important design/construction feature in any condominium is effective sound reduction. Of course you will be impressed with all the other features and you may not even think to ask about soundproofing. After you spend a few nights in your new condo and wonder who is taking tap dance lessons in the unit above you, it will likely become obvious that you failed to ask about soundproofing.


Regardless of the brand, shape, size or color of the tile installed in a South Florida condominium, if Sound Reduction isn’t specified on the job, chances are that will become the number one complaint. Sound Proofing is the common generic wording that layman use, although the proper technical language to use is "Sound Isolation" or "Sound Reduction" membranes. At D&B Tile, we feature WhisperMat, Sound Control & Crack Suppression Membrane for Ceramic and Natural Stone Tile.


WhisperMat CS by ProtectoWrap is a peel & stick sheet membrane that reduces impact and airborne sound transmissions and isolates "finished" flooring from subfloor cracks. Designed for use with ceramic and natural stone tile where sound absorption is required, specified or desired. Constructed of a cross linked polyolefin foam sheet combined with aggressive rubberized adhesive and a polyester mesh fabric, Whisper Mat CS also has the flexibility and strength to withstand structural movement and concrete shrinkage cracks up to 3/8" without transferring stress load to finished tile. Additionally, excellent moisture resistant properties make this the most comprehensive underlayment product for ceramic and natural stone available.



Martha(center) with D&B Tile Team Mabel Mira(left) and David Gonzalez

We recently sat down with Martha Cardona of MC Flooring to discuss how she uses this product on her jobs. She uses Whispermat in all of the condos shown here. And condo management will note that to prospective buyers when they are touring the building. MC Flooring only works in Miami-Dade and Broward counties and 90°/o of their work is high rise construction. The remainder is high-end residential.


According to Martha, "I have been a customer with D&B Tile Distributors since 2002 when I started my company. We have received great service. I feel confident that my orders are always handled with a sense of urgency. Pricing has never really been an issue. I receive the most competitive prices in the market. I purchase all of my setting materials, mortar mix, thinset, grout, specialty grout, metal profiles, tools and sound reduction products from D&B Tile."


Her company has seen strong growth in the past few years and is optimistic. "2015 was a great year for contracts. I committed to five buildings that are being worked now in 2016. There are still plenty of new con­ tracts available thru 2017."


Be sure to include sound reduction in your next bid. Stop by any of our nine convenient locations and authorized dealers to learn about how this can improve net profit and generate additional income.