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Basement Subfloor Installation Requirements

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As well as other house renovations, finished basement can be the sites of your pride or apocalyptic home disaster. Cost-effective finishing work can add habitable square footage and vastly increase your property’s value. The cost of remodeling your basement or fixing of sinking or leaking foundations will vary according to your region, complexity or amount of work needed, kind of repair or enhancement and type of soil. The only limit to your design may be only your budget and imagination.

The key factor for your floor renovation is the existing condition of your subfloor. It helps to transform your space from a slab of concrete or wood into something more attractive and functional.

It does not matter what type of subfloor you plan to have, it should meet a certain standard requirements for basement subfloor installation. During your installation both subfloors and underlayment deserve as much attention as the actual flooring itself. Keep it in mind and you will be satisfied with a perfect end-result of your floor renovation.Before unrolling your underlayment and installing the first plank have a peek here to focus on a few issues.

  • Flat surface and absence of slopes

For proper support all types of subfloors must be flat. Acceptable difference between two adjacent high points should not be more than 3/16 of an inch. Carefully level your subfloor before starting installation. Fill low areas or holes with a cement and latex compound.

There should not be any slopes either. Fix it if the slope is larger than an inch per six feet.

·         Cleansurface

Before beginning any type of floor renovation, especially laminate flooring installation, always clean out and dry your subfloor from dirt and debris.

·         Appropriatematerial

It is acceptable to install your flooring over an existing one, but always check prior to installation if the material is suitable for your basement subfloor installation.Inappropriate materials for basement subfloor installation are carpet or padding. Glued vinyl, cushioning, residential carpet are not suitable for a laminate installation. If one of these types of flooring is yours, then it should be replaced before laminate installation. The ideal choice is wood and concrete, the other appropriate types of subfloors include:

  • Vinyl that is not glued down to another subfloor
  • Concrete
  • Ceramic
  • OSB board, existing wood, not adhered to concrete
  • Exteriorgradeplywood
  • Particleboard