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Barricade Insulated Subfloor

There’s no easier way to increase living space in your current home than by developing your basement, and starting with the right foundation is essential to a successful basement project.

About Barricade™


Planning on finishing your basement?

There’s no easier way to increase living space in your current home than by developing your basement, and starting with the right foundation is essential to a successful basement project.

Why Barricade™ Insulated Subfloor?

The first step to a warm, comfortable basement floor is to use Barricade™: The insulated subfloor panel system that is specifically designed to cover concrete floors. Intended for use on below and slab on grade pads.

Barricade™ saves, protects and preserves your home. Improved basement flooring not only creates a more enjoyable living space for you and your family, it also gives your home an advantage in the competitive housing market. Barricade™ basement flooring:

  • Saves on installation time
  • Saves money with lower energy costs
  • Protects against air infiltration and temperature extreme
  • Protects finished flooring against moisture damage
  • Preserves a comfortable basement living environment

About Barricade™ Insulated Subfloor

  • R3.2 Thermal rating warms concrete floors by 5°C / 9° F
  • IIC 55 acoustical rating dampens sounds for a quieter floor
  • Closed cell XPS foam resists moisture and maintains R-Value
  • 23 ½” x 23 ½” x 1” panels are easy to carry, cut and level
  • 20,000 lb. compression strength per panel

Subfloors and Basements

When it comes to basement ideas, a subfloor is a necessity not an option. Why do you need a basement Subfloor system?

For basement remodeling, there are three important features that a basement subfloor must provide:

  • Basement Floor Moisture Control
  • Basement Floor Insulation
  • Basement Floor Sound Control

Moisture

Basement concrete floors, because they are built right on top of the soil are cold and damp. Warm, moist interior air, particularly when the relative humidity is higher than 50%, will always condense onto cold surfaces, such as single-glazed window glass, uninsulated foundation walls and bare concrete floors. The basement subfloor system should prevent moisture from condensing onto the concrete surface by blocking cold conduction through the concrete floor slab.

Insulation

An uninsulated basement concrete floor can account for up to 1% of a home’s energy loss. A basement subfloor system should provide adequate insulation to help prevent excessive heat loss and provide a warm comfortable walking surface.

Basement Floor Sound Control

Installing finished floors directly to the hard unforgiving concrete floor results in floors that are rigid and uncomfortable, a basement subfloor system should provide a solid, stable surface for a finished floor that is quiet, and provides a cushioned feel.

Install Barricade™

Installation
The right foundation

A Barricade™ Subfloor Tile (BSFT) system is approved as a foundation for laminate, cork, or engineered wood floating floors, wall-to-wall carpeting, sheet vinyl, vinyl tiles, ceramic tiles, and solid hardwood floors.


Installation

Laminate, Cork, and Engineered Hardwood

Tools and Hardware Required:

Tape Measure, Pencil, 24-in Carpenter’s Square, Long Level, 7-1/4-in Circular Saw or a General-Purpose Crosscut Hand Saw, Pry Bar, 1/4-in x 3-1/2-in Tapcon Concrete Screws, Hammer, Electric Drill, and Electric Jigsaw or Keyhole Hand Saw.

A Barricade™ Subfloor Tile (BSFT) system is approved as a foundation for laminate, cork, or engineered wood floating floors, wall-to-wall carpeting, sheet vinyl, vinyl tiles, ceramic tiles, and solid hardwood floors. See the detailed installation instructions below for all of these floor types.

  1. If your basement is unfinished, install the Barricade™ Subfloor Tile (BSFT) system first before constructing the perimeter insulated foundation wall or interior wall framing. All insulated foundation walls and interior wall framing, with the exception of load-bearing walls, can be installed on top of the BSFT.
  2. If the perimeter foundation walls are already framed and insulated or already framed, insulated, and drywalled, install the BSFT up to the perimeter insulated foundation walls. However, all interior wall framing, with the exception of load-bearing walls, can be installed on top of the BSFT. For additional structure and rigidity, concrete screws, such as blue Tapcon screws, should be installed through the framing and BSFT through to the concrete floor. Note: It is essential that before the installation of BSFT you fix any foundation water leak problem that you know about.
  3. First, make sure you have enough BSFT to complete the installation. To determine the number of BSFT required, multiply the room length by the room width, and then divide by 3.3.
  4. Bring the BSFT into the basement installation space and leave there for 48 hours, enough time to allow the oriented strand board component of the BSFT to acclimatize to the relative humidity of the basement. This is particularly important in summertime when humidity levels in the basement tend to be higher than normal. Note: As a best practice it is recommended to maintain basement humidity at a level of approximately 30% for comfort. The best way to achieve this and encourage air change in the basement is with a stand-alone basement humidifier.
  5. Now is a good time to inspect the concrete floor, looking for cracks, holes, or obvious floor problems that need to be fixed. Using an epoxy joint compound, fill cracks and holes. Remove excess material on the floor using the floor scraper or pry bar floor installation tool. Sweep all dust and debris up so that the floor is clean and ready for the installation.
  6. Now that the BSFT have equalized to the relative humidity of the basement, you are ready to begin the installation. Pick the farthest corner of the room away from the entrance to the room as the starting corner. Install the first BSFT with the tile tongue against the wall with the XPS insulation side on the concrete floor.
  7. Using 1/4-in plywood strips or any similar scrap wood, install temporary 1/4-in spacers in the center of the BSFT against the wall. This gap allows the finished floating BSFT subfloor to expand and contract slightly with seasonal changes in humidity.
  8. Loosely place the BSFT on the floor for the first row. Using a 2-in x 4-in block of wood, install the tongue and groove joints together using gentle tapping motions with the rubber mallet.
  9. BSFT conform to irregular floor surfaces and are self-leveling in many situations. Walk on top of the tiles to properly ‘seat’ the tiles in place. If there is a BSFT that rocks lightly, it is not level and should be shimmed. Use a BSFT leveling kit or alternatively use scrap pieces of XPS foam insulation from BSFT off-cuts under the tiles as shims.
  10. When you come to the end of the first row of BSFT, you will likely have to cut a BSFT to fit the space. Measure the tile space allowing a 1/4-in gap against the wall. Take the tile out of the basement to the garage or outside to cut it so that it is easier to clean up the sawdust generated. Using a pry bar install the BSFT to complete the first row.
  11. Start the second row with a 12-in x 24-in half BSFT so that all of the BSFT seams are staggered. Install the temporary 1/4-in spacer in the middle of the tile against the wall. Staggering the BSFT seams will give the floating subfloor more structure and rigidity.
  12. Continue to install the BSFT across the floor checking for level regularly and shimming if necessary. Install temporary spacers against the wall as required.
  13. When you come to the installation of the final row of BSFT you will likely have to cut the BSFT to fit the gap. Measure, cut, and install the BSFT allowing for the final 1/4-in wall gap.
  14. Your BSFT installation is now complete. Remove all of the temporary wall spacers. You can finish as a utility floor with two coats of polyurethane sealant. Proceed with the perimeter foundation insulated wall construction and then the interior wall framing, if applicable.
  15. With all walls constructed, you are ready to install your finished flooring on top of the BSFT subfloor according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
  16. Install the baseboard trim to cover the 1/4-in perimeter wall gap.

Wall-to-Wall Carpet Installation

  1. Install the Barricade Subfloor Tiles (BSFT) as described for Laminate, Cork, and Engineered Hardwood Floating Floors.
  2. Install the carpet tack strip with 1/2-in tack nails around the perimeter of the subfloor. An aluminum tack strip is recommended for basement use.
  3. Every 4 feet around the perimeter of the subfloor and in the middle of the subfloor install concrete screws four feet apart. This will provide additional structure and rigidity to the subfloor.
  4. Stretch and install the wall-to-wall carpet in place.
  5. Install the baseboard trim to cover the 1/4-in perimeter gap. Allow 3/8-in under the baseboard so that the carpet can be tucked underneath.

Sheet Vinyl/Vinyl Tile Installation

  1. Install the Barricade Subfloor Tiles (BSFT) as described for Laminate, Cork, and Engineered Hardwood Floating Floors.
  2. Screw 1/2” plywood to the tiles. Cut and fit the plywood in place allowing a 1/4-in gap between the wall surface and the plywood edge.
  3. Sheet vinyl and vinyl tile can be adhered to this smooth plywood surface according to the vinyl manufacturer’s installation instructions.
  4. Install the baseboard trim to cover the 1/4-in perimeter gap.

Ceramic Tile Installation

  1. Determine the number of Barricade Subfloor Tiles (BSFT) required and prepare the concrete floor according to instructions 4 to 6 for Laminate, Cork, and Engineered Hardwood Floating Floors.
  2. Make sure that the first BSFT in the starting corner has the tongue edges facing the wall. Allow a 1/4-in gap between the wall and the BSFT using 1/4-in scrap lumber as a temporary spacer.
  3. Press fit the tongue and groove BSFT edges tightly together using a floor installation tool or 2-in x 4-in wood block and a rubber mallet.
  4. Make sure that you insert the temporary 1/4-in spacers along the wall. You will likely have to cut the last BSFT in the row to fit the space. Measure and cut the BSFT away from the basement, ideally outside.
  5. Continue to apply construction adhesive to the underside of BSFT and complete the subfloor installation cutting and fitting the tiles as required. Remove the temporary 1/4-in spacers. You should have a 1/4-in gap around the perimeter of the floor wherever the wall is next to the BSFT.
  6. Install cement board underlayment (1/2-in or 7/16-in) using concrete screws over the entire BSFT surface, according to the manufacturer’s installation instructions.
  7. The ceramic tiles can be installed immediately after the cement board is installed.
  8. Spread thin-set mortar over the cement board with a trowel that is notched to match the type and format of the ceramic tiles being installed.
  9. Install the ceramic tiles to the edge of the cement board maintaining the 1/4-in gap next to the walls. Do not install the ceramic tiles directly against the walls. This gap will be covered up once the baseboard trim is installed.
  10. Install and grout the ceramic tiles.
  11. Install the baseboard trim to cover the 1/4-in perimeter gap.

Solid Hardwood Floor Installation

  1. These installation instructions are for Barricade Subfloor Tiles (BSFT) as a subfloor for the installation of solid hardwood floors over concrete slab floors on-grade or above-grade. Solid hardwood floors are not recommended for installation below-grade in basements.
  2. Determine the number of BSFT required, prepare the concrete floor, and install the BSFT according to installation instructions 1- 4 for Ceramic Floor Installation.
  3. Every 4 feet around the perimeter of the BSFT subfloor and in the center of four BSFT in the middle of the subfloor install 1/4-in x 2-1/2-in blue Tapcon concrete screws. This will provide additional structure and rigidity to the subfloor.
  4. Screw 1/2” plywood to the tiles. Cut and fit the plywood in place allowing a 1/4-in gap between the wall surface and the plywood edge.
  5. Install the solid hardwood flooring to the BSFT surface according to the floor manufacturer's installation instructions.

FAQS
Do you need a subfloor?

There’s no easier way to increase living space in your current home than by developing your basement, and starting with the right foundation is essential to a successful basement project.

Barricade™ Frequently Asked Questions


FAQ’s

  Why would you need a subfloor like Barricade™ flooring?

Basement floors are cold and damp. The cement retains the cold and when the warm, moist air from your home meets the cold cement, a damp, 'sweaty' condition is created. Barricade™ Insulated Subfloor panels prevent moisture from condensing onto the concrete surface by blocking cold conduction through the concrete floor slab.

  Can I install the tiles right away or do I have to wait?

We recommend that you allow the Barricade™ panels to adjust to the relative humidity of the room in which they will be used prior to installation. Allow tiles to stand for at least 24 hours by stacking or laying them out on the floor with the insulation (blue side) down.

  What should I do at the bottom of the stairs?

If the riser height is a problem, then you will need to make a landing at the bottom of the stairs and put in transition strips to get up to the proper height.

  What should I do at the floor drain?

Make sure your drain is not sealed off from the channels underneath the subfloor. You might need to make some channels to the drain so that if there is water, it can get to the drain.

  How much headroom will I lose with Barricade™ subfloor panels?

Not much! A Barricade™ insulated flooring panel is only 1" in total thickness.

  How does Barricade™ flooring work?

Barricade™ panels are OSB (oriented strand board) construction and are approximately 2 feet square. They have 2 sides with tongue and 2 sides with grooves. There is no need for nails or glue to install a Barricade™ subfloor.

  Can I nail into Barricade™ panels?

Absolutely! Barricade™ panels can receive nails or screws without compromising the benefits. Tile the entire basement with Barricade™ and then erect the stud walls right on top!

  What finishing solutions can I use with the Barricade™ Subfloor?

You can use carpet, laminate, vinyl or engineered hardwood. Simply prepare your new subfloor as you would any other. For example, lay down a 1/4" underlay for vinyl flooring.

  What is the proper way to install vinyl sheets or tiles?

A 1/4" plywood underlayment approved for use with sheet vinyl or adhesive-backed vinyl tiles should be installed with nails, staples or screws to the Barricade™ panels. Do not glue the plywood underlayment to Barricade™ panels. Do not glue adhesive-backed vinyl tiles directly to Barricade™ panels. Install the vinyl floor to the plywood underlayment according to the vinyl manufacturer's installation instructions. Leave 1/4" wall spacers in place until after the vinyl floor has been installed. Remove 1/4” wall spacers.

  Can I install it myself?

Of course, the Barricade™ system has been specifically-developed for easy installation, with subfloor panels installed in an average-sized basement in one day by the homeowner, using standard household tools.

  What is the weight load of the Barricade™ Flooring panels?

The Barricade™ flooring panels can handle weights up to 5000 pounds per square foot.

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How many panels do you require?

When trying to determine how many Barricade™ Insulated Subfloor panels you require simply take the square footage of your area and divide that by 3.3. Click below to calcuate for you.


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    How Many Panels do I need?

    Total square foot of your room divided by 3.3 will give you the recommended number of panels.

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