Each type of flooring has specific, unique guidelines and requirements for the floor structure, subflooring and underlayment necessary for a successful installation. Before purchasing and installing your new flooring, confirm the floor structure of your existing floor. Visiting the store with this foundational information will ensure you are looking at products that can be installed successfully in your home. Our team has the experience and knowledge to direct you to the products that will work in your home.
The guidelines for subfloor & underlayment are determined by Tile Council of North America (TCNA) and the tile manufacturer. As a general rule for a concrete floor, you will need the concrete to be smooth and flat (not polished) to install tile. For wood frame construction, 2x10 floor joists with ¾”plywood will set the foundation to build upon with an underlayment to complete the structure.
Tile underlayment comes in many forms based on the floor structure, product you are installing and your specific needs. The products include Schluter Ditra, USG Fiberock & Durock, Blanke Permat, etc. Discuss your specific project and needs with our team of flooring professionals.
You need to complete a calculation to be sure the floor has the strength to avoid deflection (flex/bounce). Should your floor have deflection, you have the strong possibility the grout and/or tile will crack. Discuss the construction details of your floor with an installer or project manager to be sure the integrity of the floor will accommodate the installation of tile.
The underlayment guidelines vary based on your specific product selection. The requirement can be as simple as a smooth flat surface or the need to install ¼” underlayment grade plywood. Many types of vinyl flooring can be installed directly over a single layer of existing sheet vinyl.
Carpet pad is a cushion offering you comfort under foot and most importantly it enhances the life of the carpet. The proper cushion can help ensure your carpet will last the life of the manufacturer warranty but in some cases it can enhance the longevity of the carpet by extending the warranties. For most carpet, an 8# cushion will meet the manufactures requirements. Additional firmness along with moisture guard barriers provide additional protection to enhance the life of your carpet. Discuss you specific lifestyle with our staff to determine the best options for your needs.
Laminate & Floating Floors
This style of cushion is designed to minimize the sound you hear walking across the floor. While there is minimal effect on the living space below the flooring its real purpose is in the living space you are walking. The higher quality of pad will make the flooring quieter.
Cork can act as an insulator and can deaden sound under a wide variety of flooring options. Customers are considering cork underlayment to lower the sound levels throughout their home.
Some of the Subfloor and Underlayment Brands We Provide