West Milford, NJ 07480

(201) 615-3660

FacebookTwitterGoogle Plus
articles

Why the Subflooring Matters Before Installing a New Floor


Subfloors are part of your houseís foundation. Your houseís structural integrity comes from how strong your flooring system is. Youíll also need to have strong foundation footings, properly spaced support columns and appropriate sized and spaced floor joints.

A poorly structured flooring system can have several negative consequences. Sagging subfloors, separation of flooring, movement of the floor system, unbalanced heights and squeaky subfloors can all develop from a poorly structured flooring system.

sub floorsTypes of Subfloors

Once you have a stable and durable flooring foundation, your subfloor will create a base for your actual flooring. There are several types of subfloors, and itís important to know the subfloor that you need depending on the type of actual flooring that you plan on installing.

Plank Subfloor

Plank subflooring is used a lot in older houses. Usually, planks are made from pine boards that are nailed to the flooring joints. Before you install new flooring, you need to be sure that each plank is securely fastened to the floor joints. If they arenít, youíll need to securely fasten them before you install your new flooring.

Once planks have been securely fastened to the floor joints, you need to be sure that theyíre flat so that you donít have an uneven floor. With plank subflooring, you can install any type of flooring that you prefer. If you plan on installing solid flooring, you need to be sure to install the lengths of the boards perpendicular to the subfloor planks. If you donít, youíre taking a risk of having your new flooring pull apart with expansion and contraction of the plank subflooring. If you want to install the solid flooring in the same direction as the subfloor planks, be sure to install a layer of plywood over the plank subfloor to increase strength and durability. Youíll also need to do the same for engineered flooring if itís stapled or nailed down to the subfloor planks.

If you plan on installing an engineered floor or laminate using a click lock floating floor, youíll need to make sure that your plank subfloor is even and flat. If itís not, youíll need to install a layer of thick plywood prior to installing your new flooring.

Concrete Slab Subfloor

Before you install a concrete slab subfloor, you need to be aware that it takes three months or longer for the water in the mix to evaporate and for the subfloor to dry out. Before installing hardwood flooring, you need to be sure that you perform a moisture test. If you have uneven concrete slab subfloors, they can easily be fixed by using a self leveler. If you use a self leveler agent, it may take between one to eight hours for it to try, depending on the thickness when it was poured. If you have any remaining adhesive residue, be sure to clean it off with a scraper.

You wonít be able to install ¾ inch thick solid hardwood flooring because there will be too much moisture transferring from the concrete, and the thick solid hardwood flooring canít withstand the moisture. If you install ¾ inch thick solid hardwood flooring, youíll have warping, buckling and cupping of the boards.

Engineered flooring was designed to go over concrete slab subfloors. Engineered flooring can be installed by glueing it down or floating. Always be sure to perform a moisture test to ensure that your concrete slab subfloor has less than four percent of moisture year-round.

Plywood Subfloor

Plywood is the most common material used for subflooring in houses built within the last 40 years. Usually, plywood is made out of cross layers of birch or pine. The cross layers in plywood subfloors offer benefits such as reduced splitting, reduced warping and reduced expansion and contraction.

Before you install new flooring on plywood subfloors, be sure that subfloors are flat and securely attached. Youíll be able to install any type of flooring over plywood subfloors.

Particle Board


Particle boards are usually found when old carpet gets ripped out of houses. You should never install new flooring over particle boards. Particle boards arenít structurally appropriate for installing new flooring. Particle board easily absorbs moisture, and it quickly falls apart.

Orientated Strand Board

OSB is made out of wood chips glued together. Usually, these subfloors are both glued and screwed down to floor joints. Screwing OSB to floor joints makes it more stable, and it eliminates squeaking.

Engineered hardwood, solid hardwood, laminate and click lock floating floors can be installed over OSB. Be sure to install flooring planks perpendicular to the flooring joints for added stability.

Final Words


As youíll notice, plank, plywood and OSB subfloors are the best to install in houses. All of these sub floors are durable, strong and stable. With these subfloors, you no longer have to worry about squeaking anymore.

Thank you for reading our blog! How can we help you? Contact us today

 

Get A Free Quote Today

Recent Articles



Back to Main Listing
We accept Visa, Master Card, and Discover

All Flortec | About Us | Installation Services | Photo Gallery | Testimonials | Get A FREE Quote | Articles | Contact Us
All Flortec, Inc. is located in West Milford, NJ 07480 and can be reached at (201) 615-3660
© 2017 by All Flortec, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Powered by THUD.