The condition of your subfloor plays a vital role in the overall functionality of your floor covering.
When a building is constructed, part of the process involves installing finishes within the space. In both residential and commercial structures, flooring materials enhance the overall visual appeal of the space while serving an important function. But beneath those flooring materials, also referred to as the floor covering, is the subfloor, which serves as the base for finished flooring.
The subfloor attaches to the floor joists within the structure and is usually made of oriented strand board (OSB) panels or plywood. In sections of the structure that sit below grade, such as basements and cellars, the concrete foundation may take the place of the subfloor, but some contractors install panels over the concrete with ground-level floor joists.
The condition of your subfloor plays a vital role in the overall functionality of your floor covering. When a subfloor has sustained damage, it may start to warp, resulting in a floor that is no longer even. Loud squeaking when you walk over your floors, musty odors, and cracks in the materials can also serve as signs that something is awry with the subfloor. If moisture penetrates the flooring material, it can cause the wood below to rot and sustain massive damage. It’s important to watch for signs of subfloor issues and take immediate action if you spot them.
For those in the James Island, South Carolina area, our team at Design Flooring, LLC can diagnose and resolve a number of subfloor issues. We’re also available to perform subfloor installation services as part of a construction or renovation project.