BARRICADE®
Subfloor Air Plus

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

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Helps with Moisture Protection

R-VALUE OF 1.4

6,642 LBS/SQ FT COMPRESSION STRENGTH

23.25” X 23.25” X 3/4”

Panel Overview

Barricade® Subfloor Air Plus

Barricade® Subfloor Air Plus helps protect your finished floors while creating a healthier environment by helping protect against moisture that can cause mold and mildew growth

Air Flow

Creating positive air flow to allow moisture to evaporate naturally, to help protect against moisture, mold, and mildew

WARMTH

Increases floor temperatures by up to 7° C / 14° F (R-Value 1.4)

COMFORT

Softens finished floors against the hard concrete

23.25” X 23.25” X 0.75”

59 cm x 59 cm x 1.9 cm

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Installation Steps

Installing the right foundation

Barricade® Subfloor system is designed to be compatible with all types of finished floors, from luxury-vinyl tile/panel (LVT/LVP) to laminate, engineered hardwood, carpet, and tiles.

1. Preparation

The concrete floor and foundation should be relatively dry and free of large cracks, excessive moisture penetration or flooding problems prior to installing Barricade® Subfloor Air Plus panels.

2. Subfloor panel preparations

Make as much space as you can spare in the area where you will be laying the Barricade® panels. Remember, you'll need space to stack the panels, which should be away from where you begin laying the floor. Allow panels to acclimate to the basement environment for approximately 24hrs prior to installation.

3. Installation tools needed

Hammer
Tapping block (piece of 2″x4″ lumber)
Saw
Pencil
Level
¼” / 0.6 cm spacer (example: wood strip)
Tape measure
Pry bar or crowbar (optional)
Barricade® Leveling Shims

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Comparison Table

See the differences between Barricade® Air Plus vs Barricade® Insulated Subfloor panels

Product
R-Value1.43.2
Floor Temperature*+7° C / +14 ° F+10° C / +19 ° F
Compression Strength (lbs. / sq. ft.)6,642 lbs. (3,012 kg)3,153 lbs. (1,430 kg)
TopOSBOSB
BottomHigh Density PlasticXPS Foam
Weight6.6 lbs. (3.0 kg)6.0 lbs. (2.7 kg)
Height0.75" (1.9 cm)1" (2.5 cm)
Size23.25” x 23.25” x 0.75"
(59 cm x 59 cm x 1.9 cm)
23.25” x 23.25” x 1"
(59 cm x 59 cm x 2.5 cm)
Finished Flooring OptionsFor vinyl (LVT/LVP), laminate, engineered hardwood, carpet, tileFor vinyl (LVT/LVP), laminate, engineered hardwood, carpet, tile
Warranty25 Year25 Year

*Based on modified ATSM C518-17 testing using LVT >5mm

BARRICADE™ Air Plus Panel

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FAQ's

Most basement floors, even in new homes, are damp. Concrete is a porous substance and requires air circulation. As temperatures in the basement fluctuate, it creates the perfect environment for moisture to accumulate between the underpad and concrete. This is where mold can begin to germinate which can lead to poor indoor air quality. A subfloor ensures there is an air gap between the finished floor and the concrete to help protect against moisture, mold and mildew.

BARRICADE® Subfloor is a simple do-it-yourself solution to help you create a warm, dry, comfortable basement that is fast and easy to install. BARRICADE® Subfloor is designed with a high density plastic membrane containing a patented air gap pattern to ensure moisture emitted from concrete floors can naturally evaporate. The secondary layer of oriented strand board (OSB) provides a solid foundation that can support any type of finished floor and furniture.

BARRICADE® Air Plus panels have an integrated high density polyethylene membrane bonded to the underside of the panel which provides an excellent moisture barrier. BARRICADE® Air Plus has also been designed with air channels that encourage constant air flow and evaporation of surface moisture emitted from your basement concrete floor.

Color and texture variances are natural and not an indication of quality. Variances can be driven by several factors including; the type of trees, the geographical location of the trees and the growing conditions.

Sometimes wood variances occur, in this situation manually insert the tongue into the groove by lifting the boards slightly and inserting.

A conventional subfloor includes 2"×4" sleepers, vapour barrier, 1″-2″ rigid insulation, 15/32″ plywood, and a lot of fastening. The combined height is between 2-1/4″ and 5-1/4″ compared to 3/4″ (1.9 cm) for a Barricade™ Subfloor panel.

The BARRICADE® Air Plus panels are only 3/4″ (1.9 cm) in thickness, less than half of the height of a conventional subfloor.

BARRICADE® Air Plus panels can support 6,642 pounds (3,012 kg) per square foot and BARRICADE ® Insulated panels can support 3,153 pounds (1,430 kg) per square foot as tested by an independent lab, so heavy furniture and equipment like pool tables, weight sets, and pianos are not a problem.

The BARRICADE® Subfloor panels come in a 3/4″ x 23.25″ x 23.25″ (59 cm x 59 cm x 1.9 cm) format. This size was created to provide a convenient, lightweight solution that is easy to handle and maneuver when loading into basements.

Yes. The BARRICADE® Subfloor panels feature a 25 year limited warranty.

Yes, the panels cut quickly with a circular saw, jigsaw, or hand saw.

The length of installation time will vary by the room size and complexity of the room layout. An average 400 square foot basement should take 4 hours.

Yes, the easy-to-handle, 3/4″ x 23.5″ x 23.5″ panels (59 cm x 59 cm x 1.9 cm) are configured with a tapered tongue and groove edge making panel assembly fast and easy. Panels cut quickly with a circular saw, jigsaw, or hand saw.

Estimating is easy. The total square footage of your room divided by 3.3 equals the number of panels you need. This factor includes an allowance for normal wastage and cutting around obstacles and pipes.

Safety glasses, work gloves, pencil, measuring tape, carpenters square, circular saw and/or jigsaw, level, hammer or rubber mallet, chalk line, tapping block and pry bar are the basic tools that help to install BARRICADE® Subfloor panels quickly. Please note: For protection against airborne dust particles, it is recommended to use a certified dust mask when cutting panels.

No. Gluing the panel edges is not recommended. The panels are intended to expand and contract with the seasonal temperatures of the basement. A vapour barrier over the concrete surface is not recommended. The built-in high-density polyethylene membrane is the moisture barrier on the underside of the panel, which allows incidental moisture to dry easily.

Yes. For uneven floor variances greater than 1/4″ (0.6 cm), we recommend first using a concrete self-patching compound or a similar liquid concrete patching product. For floor variances less than 1/4” (0.6 cm), we recommend Barricade™ levelling shims.
To check for floor height variances, take a 4ft level (1.2 m) or longer straight edge and place over the concrete surface where the installation is to take place. Raise the straight edge or level to the level line and measure the height difference between the concrete floor surface and straight edge with a measuring tape. Mark the spots on the concrete floor where liquid levelling is required and fill in as necessary.

Barricade® Subfloor can be installed in basements, slab-on-grade homes, garages, workshops, storage rooms, bathrooms, laundry rooms and above ground concrete floors.

Yes. When installing Barricade® Subfloor panels up to shower stalls or bathtubs, run a flexible caulking to seal the gap between the finished floor and the tub/shower unit in this area to prevent excessive moisture from seeping between the finished floor and Barricade® Subfloor panels. Continue to leave the 1/4″ spacing around the remaining perimeter edges as specified in our installation instructions. While Barricade® Subfloor panels can carry the weight of tubs and/or shower stalls, it is recommended to install these fixtures directly over the concrete surface as to prevent exposure to leaks from plumbing or cracks in seams or fixtures to the surface of Barricade® Subfloor. See the finished flooring section for details on finished flooring installations

Stud walls can be set right on top of your new BARRICADE® Subfloor. Install your 2’ X 4’ walls directly on top of the BARRICADE® Subfloor 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 2’ X 4’ wall to the BARRICADE® Subfloor panels, using 2″ wood screws. To finish the anchoring process, we suggest pinning the bottom plate to the concrete floor either using 3″ concrete nails or self-tapping concrete fasteners. Only minimal fastening to the concrete is required. For example, on an 8-foot length of the wall, you would require only two fastening points (one at both ends). Again, only minimal fastening to concrete is required. Too many fastening points breaking through the polyethylene moisture barrier may defeat the moisture resistant benefit of the BARRICADE® Subfloor system. NOTE: If you are planning to use metal studs in place of wood, the base track for the studs should be affixed to the BARRICADE® Subfloor panels with wood screws. Metal stud base plates should be anchored to panels every 2 feet when installing over BARRICADE® Subfloor panels. As above, two fasteners should penetrate the panel and go into concrete, securing the wall into place.

To finish the anchoring process, we suggest pinning the bottom plate to the concrete floor either using 3″ concrete nails or self-tapping concrete fasteners. Only minimal fastening to the concrete is required. For example, on an 8-foot length of wall, you would require only two fastening points (one at both ends). Again, only minimal fastening to concrete is required. Too many fastening points breaking through the polyethylene moisture barrier may defeat the moisture resistant benefit of the BARRICADE® Subfloor system.
NOTE: If you are planning to use metal studs in place of wood, the base track for the studs should be affixed to the BARRICADE® Subfloor panels with wood screws. Metal stud base plates should be anchored to panels every 2 feet when installing over BARRICADE® Subfloor panels. As above, two fasteners should penetrate the panel and go into concrete, securing the wall into place.

No problem. It is recommended when installing drywall to leave a 1/4″ gap (0.6 cm) between the concrete floor and the base of the drywall to avoid moisture contamination. Install 1/4″ spacers (0.6 cm) between the drywall and the BARRICADE® Subfloor panels before panel installation.

Any surface treatments such as paints, stains, varnishes, and polyurethanes must be tested first for compatibility. To apply, brush or roll on one coat of a high quality primer prior to painting, or 2-3 coats of polyurethane or varnish to the surface of BARRICADE® Subfloor panels. Ventilate well during this process.

Carpet, Engineered Hardwood, Laminate, Vinyl, Tile.

The ventilation system of your home recycles air causing pressure changes throughout the house. These pressure changes force air under baseboards, cracks, expansion gaps, cavities of studs, leaks from ducting etc… Do not seal or block the 1/4″ gap (0.6 cm) in a way that prevents air from filtering underneath panels. When installing trim, it is best to raise the trim slightly above the finished flooring material, by approximately 1/8″ (0.3 cm), to help encourage airflow. For basement conditions, proper ventilation and a dehumidifier is recommended to control temperature and humidity levels.

Yes. Install BARRICADE® Subfloor panels as recommended in our instruction sheets. For garage installations, panels must end a minimum 1ft from the garage door opening. Anchor panels with Tapcon type concrete fasteners at the leading edge, install a 3/4″ (1.9 cm) transition strip to protect the edges of the panels, and anchor perimeter wall edge panels to the concrete floor every second panel.

Not for most installations, but it is required in some installations. Below is a list of conditions that require fastening: If a power carpet stretcher will be used to install carpeting: prevent panel uplift when stretching carpet by fastening BARRICADE® Subfloor panels to the concrete floor with Tapcon type concrete fasteners at perimeter edges every four feet plus one in the panel in the centre of the room. If using BARRICADE® Subfloor panels for a garage or workshop where the panels will be left exposed, fasten every second panel along the perimeter wall edges to the concrete floor to prevent lateral movement or shifting with heavy equipment or use. Keep in mind that BARRICADE® Subfloor panels are not manufactured to be a finished floor nor left exposed to exterior weather elements. If installing walls on top of BARRICADE® Subfloor: use two fasteners for each 8 foot base plate, through the panels and into the concrete floor to fasten base plates. If installing tile on the BARRICADE® Subfloor panels.

No, but if you have a drain or access to clean-outs, access should be maintained, not restricted. Be sure to check with your local authority for building code recommendations before covering any basement floor drain or clean-out access.

It is not a requirement to install a basement drain prior to installing Barricade™ Subfloor. If you install Barricade™ Subfloor panels over the drain access, cut an access opening in the panel that rests over top of the drain and install a decorative floor drain cover over top of your finished flooring.

Transition strips for bridging floor height variations can be found in the flooring or lumber department of your local home improvement centre. Use a combination of 1″ (2.5 cm)flat moulding stock and quarter round mouldings as a transition.

It is recommended to install radiant floor heating systems on top of the Barricade® Subfloor panels for optimal performance. The insulating properties of BARRICADE® Subfloor will slightly reduce the effectiveness of a radiant floor heating system that is installed underneath Barricade® Subfloor panels.