Chicago housing project is the largest InstaLay installation

Completed in 2016, the installation at Marshall Field Garden Apartments in Chicago is, to date, the largest ever project to use InstaLay, the self-adhesive acoustic flooring installation system. Built in 1929, this subsidized housing development occupies two square city blocks in the Old Town district.

Tenants were temporarily rehoused while all of the 600 apartments had new LVT flooring installed over InstaLay 25hg with its high grab adhesive membrane. The Congoleum 2.5mm LVTs, installed by flooring contractor Lyn-Den Inc., covering a total of 489,000 sq.ft. (45,430m2). The lightweight InstaLay rolls are just 39” wide (1m), making them easy to distribute around the buildings, which had no elevators or hoists available to the contractors.

The InstaLay, supplied by Jaeckle Distributors, was loose laid over the existing VATs (Vinyl Asbestos Tiles), which minimised the need for any sub-floor preparation and speeded up the installation, saving significant time and money. It also eliminated the need for any additional adhesives which, with the rooms being small, was particularly helpful.

As the InstaLay release film was peeled back the LVTs were positioned and pressed into place on the high grab adhesive, making installation quick, clean and easy. Once completed, the new floors, with their rubber crumb InstaLay, provided additional underfoot comfort as well as delivering high acoustic performance and reducing sound levels, which is so important in apartment living.

InstaLay acoustic underlayment provides various important benefits:

  • Minimal sub-floor preparation saves significant time and money
  • Loose laid over existing floor tiles
  • Quick, clean installation, with no messy wet adhesives, that could be walked on immediately
  • Provides good acoustic performance and underfoot comfort
  • It is hygienic and resistant to decay, with low VOC’s for a healthy environment
  • Gives long-term stability, performance and durability
  • Made using rubber crumb from worn vehicle tires, it is environmentally friendly and fully recyclable


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