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What is Dricore subfloor?

Last Updated: 7th June, 2020

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DRICORE is the one-step engineered subfloor solution that is specifically designed for basements. The raised moisture barrier covers cold, damp concrete to protect, insulate and cushion your finished floors. Concrete continually releases moisture.

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Likewise, people ask, can you put tile on DRIcore subfloor?

Ceramic Tile - DRIcore is designed to act as a floating subfloor. It is not recommended that ceramic tile be directly attached to DRIcore as the movement of the floating subfloor will cause tile and grout lines to crack.

One may also ask, is subfloor necessary for basement? Subfloors are not always necessary. They only come into play when you want to expand downward and make your basement a warm, livable space. Concrete or tile-over-concrete are acceptable floors for uninhabited basements.

Accordingly, what can I use for subfloor in basement?

Wood panels, such as plywood or oriented strand board, are common subfloor choices. However, because wood is a naturally porous substance that will absorb moisture, when used as a basement subfloor, these materials are often installed on mini-joists known as "sleepers," which allow it to sit above a concrete pad.

Do you install subfloor before drywall?

In standard home construction, the contractor installs the subfloor before installing the drywall. In fact, the subfloor is one of the first features of construction, whereas drywall installation takes place toward the end of the project.

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Do you screw down DRIcore?

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Do you frame on top of DRIcore?

Stud walls can be set right on top of your new DRICORE subfloor. Install your 2X4 walls directly on top of the DRICORE panels, measuring for a snug fit between the panels and ceiling. Once the walls are framed and in position, simply screw the bottom plates of the 2X4 wall to the DRICORE panels, using 2" wood screws.

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How do you install DRIcore subfloor in basement?

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  1. In your selected starting corner, lay the first panel with the tongue sides against the temporary 1/4" spacers.
  2. Press-fit panels together with a tapping block and hammer, making sure seams are tight.
  3. Stagger panel seams similar to a brick wall pattern.
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How do you screw plywood to concrete?

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What is tile underlayment?

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How many layers of plywood do you need for a subfloor?

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Do I need a subfloor over concrete?

While a subfloor is not necessary to add structural strength when you'll be laying finish flooring on top of a concrete slab (as in a basement remodel), subflooring over concrete offers two other advantages: Dampness control. Install a vapor barrier of plastic sheeting before laying the subfloor.

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What is the cheapest way to finish a basement floor?

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Do I need a subfloor for laminate in basement?

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How much does it cost to finish a 1000 sq ft basement?

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Can I put a wood subfloor over concrete?

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What is a subfloor in a basement?

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Echo Goeden

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How thick should a basement floor be?

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Engracio Miranda

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Can you lay carpet directly on concrete?

You can, but the carpet won't be very comfortable. Do I need to put glue or tape down on the concrete before laying the padding? No. Padding will stay in place when the carpet is stretched over it.

Hamlet Zeppa

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Do you install subfloor before framing?

If you use a product like DriCore for the subfloor, they even explicitly recommend you frame on top of their subfloor product. They do, however, recommend you screw the framing through the subfloor into the concrete with something like 3" Tapcons spaced every 4 ft through the bottom sill of the framing.

Stanca Liebanas

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Do I need vapor barrier under carpet in basement?

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How do I keep my basement floor warm?

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