Posts Tagged ‘Subfloor Preparation’

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Reduce Dead Load

Renewal of America’s cities involves the adaptive reuse of existing structures and provides unique opportunities to contribute to lifestyle, sustainability and preservation. The approach is noted by Gensler, worldwide architecture and design firm;     “…adaptive reuse focuses on taking a building that’s past its prime and renovating it for new purposes in line  with contemporary…

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Your Floor Is Only As Good As Your Platform

While carpet and carpet pads hide a lot of deficiencies found in typical subfloors, things like wood, tile, and LVT/LVP flooring reflect those deficiencies: Uneven joints between planks, sheets and tiles; Floors with obvious slopes, bumps, ridges and/or rolls, etc. These deficiencies can quickly turn what was anticipated to be a beautiful LVP floor into…

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“Installing Laminate Flooring: Underlayment, the Floor and More”

“Laminate flooring may, quite literally, seem like a snap. With technologically advanced locking systems and no need for adhesives, the product may seem like a no-brainer to install. However, even the simplest installation can go wrong if the subfloor isn’t prepped, the proper underlayment isn’t used and transitions between the laminate and other flooring types…

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Dependable’s Skimflow® ES Self-Leveler

Do you need to get your floor quickly leveled and prepared for its floor covering? Self-leveling underlayments are the way to achieve this. Self-levelers are found to be a convenient, time saving and cost effective solution for getting a clean, leveled floor. Self-levelers may be used over a variety of substrates including plywood and concrete…

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“PRIME & PROCEED”

  A plywood surface must be properly primed prior to the installation of a self-leveling product. DEPENDABLE’S PRIMER SL™ is an ideal product for preparing substrates of any type prior to your self-leveling or patch application. PRIMER SL is able to cover up to 300 sf. per gallon making it a cost affective solution and insuring…

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“Choosing and Using The Proper Underlayments and Membranes”

“Underlayments and membranes encompass a broad range of categories, from self-levelers, moisture mitigation products, patches/fillers and crack isolation, to systems that deaden sound or often extra cushioning underfoot. Whether available in bags, rolls or buckets, these products are all designed to keep the installation as stable and trouble-free as possible. We asked several leading manufacturers…

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“The Skinny on Thin Tiles”

“One of the hottest trends seen at the Cersaie show in Italy and Cevisama in Spain is the emergence of thin tiles. These thin tiles start at thicknesses of about 2.5 mm for walls up to about 6 mm thick for floors. Manufacturers tout a range of advantages, including installation over existing floor or wall…

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“Q&As: Janka Explained, Self-Leveling Underlayment, & Testing Slabs”

“…Can I pour a self-leveling underlayment over an existing ceramic floor and then glue down a wood floor over it?”   “…Yes, there are new products on the market today that can be poured directly over just about any type of subfloor, including rubber, VCT, vinyl, ceramic, cut-back adhesive, gypsum concrete, plywood, OSB and more.…

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“Reflecting on FCI and the Industry”

“I began installing in 1976. I started in carpet, then when the economy slowed in the ‘80s, I decided to expand into other flooring categories. I went to as many training seminars as I could, and on-the-job training for tile, hardwood, and resilient vinyl. I remember when Floor Covering Installer first came out and thought,…

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“Self-Leveling Underlyment’s Evolving with New Technology”

“…Of course, no underlayment will function correctly if the substrate isn’t properly prepped first. USG recommends shot-blasting or otherwise mechanically profiling the surface before the pour. “Self-leveling underlayments are not a cure-all. These products won’t stop or eliminate active cracks or other problems. The product you put on top of the substrate will only perform…

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