Subfloors Rensselaer NY

The terms used in construction can be confusing, especially when it comes to items like subfloors. There are several different types of subfloor and a number of different materials can be used in building subfloors. But whatever your choice of materials, a subfloor will have the effect of making your room more comfortable by eliminating springy, uneven flooring. Building sub-flooring can even help turn an unfinished basement, porch, or sunroom area into extra living space.

1 . Local Companies

Finished Works
15 Launfal St.
Albany, NY
Fiaco Brothers Hardwood Flooring
(518) 459-7732
6 Tower Hts
Albany, NY
Alcco Corporation
(518) 489-2512
12 Commercial Ave
Albany, NY
Walk On Wood
(518) 862-0808
1910 Central Ave
Albany, NY
Brewer Wood Flooring
(518) 283-3849
126 Sharpe Rd
Wynantskill, NY
Capital Region Hardwood Flooring
23 Devonshire Way
Clifton Park, NY
Schenectady Floor Covering
2418 Broadway
Schenectady, NY
Curran J J & Son
(518) 434-8110
501 S Pearl St
Albany, NY
Jez Flooring Company Incorporated
(518) 383-1945
45 Cemetery Rd
Clifton Park, NY
Adirondack Hardwood Floors & Interiors Incorporated
(518) 453-9663
33 Lawnridge Ave
Albany, NY
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2 . What is a Subfloor?

Sub floors are used throughout most buildings to provide a proper level surface to support the finished flooring. In basements, building sub-floors can be an opportunity to add extra insulation to make the finished room both warmer, drier, and more soundproof.
Everything that lies underneath your top flooring, whether that is to be wood, laminate, carpeting, or ceramic tile, should be regarded as sub floor. In basements, that means everything between the concrete slab and your top flooring while in upper stories it means everything between the joists and the finished flooring.

The subfloor is part of a building's substructure. Basically, a subfloor is the material that the top flooring material, such as carpet, tile, or hardwood, is laid on, and when you understand this you can see why it is necessary for the subfloor installation to be done carefully and for the correct materials to be used. The kind of subfloor and subfloor material installed varies both in the geographic area your home is in, and in the kind of top floor you intend to install.

If you own an older home and plan to replace your flooring with a newer material, you must check the subfloor installation. The requirements for subfloor materials have changed over the years and some subfloor installations would not be considered adequate in a modern home for the new materials that are available. This is particularly true of the newer types of hardwood or tile floors that are now so fashionable. If you are installing these you may find that your subflooring is too uneven to get a good finish, or possibly not strong enough to bear the weight of the new flooring.
If this is the case, you may have to look at replacing your subfloor.

3 . What are the Benefits of Installing Subfloors?

Sub flooring can be used to make your house more comfortable. Properly installed and insulated subflooring can be used to make previously cold and irregular floors, including basement floors, more even and comfortable to walk on. It can add value to a house, keep moisture at bay, and allow previously unused space, such as that in basements to be turned into comfortable living space.
Building a sub floor helps to insulate the space as well, but the most important aspect is that it provides a good foundation for your expensive floor finishes, whether these are ceramic tile, vinyl tile, slate, or carpeting.
The subfloor is the material that the flooring, which may be carpeting, hardwood, tile, or some other material, rests on. If the subfloor is not straight and even, then the new materials will not lay properly. Carpeting with underlay may compensate for uneven flooring to some degree.

But if you are laying a fashionable new hardwood floor, or using ceramic or vinyl tiles, the subfloor installation becomes even more important. Imagine carrying out all the work of laying hardwood planks or panels, or cutting and laying tiles, only to have the edges sticking up dangerously and the whole thing looking 'lumpy' and uneven! Ceramic tiles may even work loose as the grouting cracks if laid on an uneven subfloor.

4 . What Kinds of Subfloor Are Available?

A variety of materials and proprietary products can be used in sub flooring. These include various types of mastic, polyethylene film, and other compounds, which help to keep moisture at bay. These include adhesives, cement based smoothing compounds, cement board, plywood, laminated wood and conventional, dimensional, soft, and hardwood lumber.
Subfloors come in a variety of materials but usually are made of 1 by 4 or 1 by 6 inch lumber or, more often, plywood panels are used when building subfloors.

The subfloor must be strong enough to carry the type of top floor you want to install, so it is vital to ensure that you are using plywood, etc., which is thick enough to carry the top flooring material. It is not uncommon for homes to be built on a concrete slab and in this case, the concrete itself will act as a subfloor for most types of flooring. It is a good idea to check that there is a vapor barrier, or else to have one installed before you put in your new flooring material. This will prevent moisture seeping through the concrete and damaging your new floor.

In fact, it's very important to ensure that all your flooring materials are protected from moisture or condensation damage. The use of a subfloor membrane or plastic vapor barrier will offer this protection over a cement subfloor and will help your flooring material last longer.
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