Before your beautiful floor selection can be laid down and installed, it’s important to make sure the slab below is in good condition. Most often the slab is concrete material. We do like to thoroughly inspect the slab for moisture levels, cracks, levels, and imperfections. Once the slab is determined to be in good condition, a moisture vapor barrier is applied. Then depending on the type of installation, a moisture barrier glue may also be used to adhere to the floor selection.
A subfloor is a base that is usually made up of wood and usually plywood material is used. It acts as a structure to which finished flooring is attached to. Plywoods are a great wood material for subfloor for its ability to come in large sheets and maybe cut down to accommodate any size layout. There are different size thickness plywood and depending on multiple factors. They can be stacked up for additional support or to achieve the desired subfloor height.
Not all great-looking floors are soundproof. If your flooring makes a sound when you walk on it or doesn’t absorb sound well it can be quite disappointing. It is the most common practice these days to have a soundproof underlayment under most hard floor surfaces. In many cases city or building ordinances require it. Acoustic foam tile products or insulation for soundproofing floor mat are other options for soundproofing subfloor. At Custom Flooring Experts we are familiar with all soundproofing product types and their installation methods. Some common soundproofing” flooring products are:
- Acoustic Underlayment
- Sound Absorbing Floor Insulation
- Sound Deadening Vinyl
- Sound Absorbing Carpet Padding
- Acoustic Floor Tiles
Building Up Subfloors
A subfloor is the foundation of flooring. It provides support structure to the flooring and acts as a base beneath finish flooring materials. At times it may be necessary to build up the subfloor which can also be called raising the subfloor. The subfloor build-up is necessary if the current subfloor is concrete and the flooring to be installed will be solid wood with a nailed down installation. Another reason to build up floors is to meet a specific elevation at times to meet an existing floor for a smooth level transition. The subfloor can be a simple concrete slab.