MP Global Products has expanded the scope of recycled resources used in its manufacturing processes to include fibers from discarded plastic beverage bottles with the introduction of LuxWalk, a high performing acoustic and insulating underlayment engineered especially for use under new luxury vinyl flooring (LVF).

Containing 31% post-consumer materials, LuxWalk uses plastic fibers from discarded water bottles diverted from landfills, helping preserve the environment, according to the company. The underlayment is LEED-compliant and will contribute to MRc 4.1–4.2 credits. 

LuxWalk streamlines the installation of floating and glue-down LVF by smoothing out minor sub-floor imperfections. It also helps retard movement of the finished flooring and adds the right amount of compression resistant cushioning to the floor assembly, according to the company. LuxWalk minimizes impressions and indentations that can occur in LVF from footfalls or stationary furniture.

Effectively soothing impact sound and minimizing floor to ceiling noise, LuxWalk sports impressive ratings in several IIC and STC tests. In a recent IIC test, designed to measure, in a laboratory, the impact sound transmission performance of LuxWalk installed under 5mm floating luxury vinyl tile over 6-inch concrete with no ceiling, the assembly achieved a very good sound rating of 52. And in a recent STC test evaluating LuxWalk installed under 5 mm floating luxury vinyl tile with no ceiling, the assembly achieved the same rating.

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