What kind of subfloor products do you recommend for a basement renovation?

What kind of subfloor products do you recommend for a basement renovation? I don’t know what to make of the different brands.

subfloor_steve_maxwellBasement subfloor tiles appeared on the scene about 10 years ago. I’ve worked with all brands and I think they do a terrific job creating a warm, dry surface for installation of laminates, vinyl and carpet. Some can even be used under ceramic tiles. Most subfloor tiles are 24-inch x 24-inch interlocking tiles made of oriented strand board (OSB) – a wood-based waferboard material. The Barricade panel made by OvrX is unusual in that it has a layer of foam insulation bonded to the underside of the tile for extra warmth. This is a good thing, but from what I’ve seen Barricade seems less able to drain away small amounts of leaked water than brands like DRIcore and Subflor. These have a dimpled plastic layer on the underside instead of foam, so there’s more room for water movement. Tyroc is the newest subfloor product on the market and though it costs more than other subfloor products it’s unique in four ways. It’s entirely inorganic, so there’s no wood for microbes to feed on in the event of water issues. Each piece is 30% larger than traditional subfloor panels, so Tyroc goes down faster, and the panels are also flexible enough to nestle down over the kind of uneven floors the require rigid subfloor tiles to be shimmed.

Posted on February 11th, 2013


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