Subfloor Preparation Short Guide

Subfloor preparation is an important process when installing hardwood or laminate flooring types. Here are some signs and important points for a well-prepped subfloor:

Remove Existing Flooring: Start by pulling up the current floor. Create an expansion gap that allows the new flooring to expand without issues. If your old flooring contains asbestos, consult a professional for safe removal and disposal

Clean and Measure: Measure your rooms square footage to determine how much flooring you’ll need. Clean your subfloor thoroughly, removing any debris or contaminants.

Inspect Moisture Levels: Check the moisture level of the subfloor. High moisture can cause problems with hardwood or laminate flooring. We can use a moisture meter to assess the conditions. Do your windows condensate in the winter? We would asess that a room is high in moisture content by that guage.

Secure Loose Boards: Make sure your subfloor is stable by securing any loose boards. Replace damaged sections of floor if necessary, screw don’t nail. Thus reducing the risk of squeaking floors.

Install Underlay Materials and Moisture Barrier: Unroll any required underlay materials and moisture barrier, joining each row with tape. Be cautious not to overlap the edges. Some flooring planks come with underlay material attached, but check the instructions to see if your home needs an additional moisture barrier

In short, a proper subfloor preparation ensures a smooth, stable and moisture free, squeak free surface for your new flooring, enhancing its longevity and appearance.

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