Lots of people don’t pay much thought to their subfloor, but in reality the subfloor is definitely something you need to think about if you are laying new flooring. It is the foundation of your floors, and the clean subflooring will help your flooring to last for decades – while unchecked subflooring can result in your floors being damaged.
Here are a few things to consider before laying new flooring.
Cleaning the Subfloor
If you are laying down new flooring that requires a subfloor (such as wooden flooring), you should make that the subfloor is clean beforehand. It should be scraped or sanded to ensure that there is no dirt on it, and it should also be cleaned to remove any grease, paint, wax or oil. However, you must be careful when you sand the subfloor, as it needs to be completely flat to ensure that the wood on top is also flat.
Not all floors require subfloors.
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Is The Subfloor Uneven?
It is also very important to make sure that the subfloor is even if you are laying wooden flooring down. An uneven subfloor can easily damage the flat wooden planks on top, as it is much easier for them to crack or break. This can result in some very expensive repairs, so you should make sure that the subfloor is completely even before you lay any wood down.