BARRICADE®
Thermal Shield

BARRICADE® Thermal Shield is the most premium subfloor. With an R-value of 4.1, BARRICADE® Thermal Shield provides one of the highest R-values in the market, meaning maximum warmth and comfort for your family. It’s specially engineered with a high-density inorganic EPS foam that’s durable enough to hold up to 3,650 pounds per square foot but still weighs less than 2 pounds per panel! Plus BARRICADE® Thermal Shield is very easy to install. It can be cut with a knife – no power tools required! Plus the tongue and groove fit together with no gap so no taping is needed!

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® Thermal Shield

BARRICADE® Thermal Shield provides the most insulating power in a subfloor yet. It is specially engineered with 100% inorganic EPS foam that is lightweight and doesn’t require power tools to cut it, making it even easier to install.

Air Flow

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

WARMTH

Contains the highest R-value in the BARRICADE Subfloor lineup at R-4.1

COMFORT

Eases strain and impact from walking on hard concrete

47.25” X 23.25” X 1”

110 cm X 59 cm X 2.5 cm

Installation Steps

Installing the right foundation

BARRICADE® Thermal Shield system is designed to be compatible with hard-surface floors such as luxury-vinyl tile/panel (LVT/LVP), laminate, engineered hardwood

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® Subfloors

2. Installation tools needed

Hammer
Tapping block (piece of 2″x4″ lumber)
Standard box cutter
Pencil
Level
¼” / 0.6 cm spacer (example: wood strip)
Tape measure
Pry bar or crowbar (optional)
Self-levelling compound (if required)

Installation Video

Comparison Table

See the differences between BARRICADE® Air Plus vs BARRICADE® Insulated Subfloor vs BARRICADE® Thermal Shield panels

Product


R-Value1.43.24.1
Compression Strength (lbs. / sq. ft.)6,642 lbs. (3,012 kg)3,153 lbs. (1,430 kg)3,650 lbs. (1,659 kg)
TopOSBOSBEPS Foam
BottomHigh Density PlasticXPS FoamEPS Foam
Weight6.6 lbs. (3.0 kg)6.0 lbs. (2.7 kg)1.6 lbs. (0.7 kg)
Height0.75" (1.9 cm)1" (2.5 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)
47.25” x 23.25” x 1"
(110 cm x 59 cm x 2.5 cm)
Finished Flooring OptionsFor vinyl (LVT/LVP), laminate, engineered hardwood, carpet, tile, stone composite plasticFor vinyl (LVT/LVP), laminate, engineered hardwood, carpet, tile, stone composite plasticFor >5mm luxury-vinyl (LVT/LVP), laminate, engineered hardwood, stone composite plastic
Warranty25 Year25 Year25 Year

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

BARRICADE™ Air Plus Panel

BARRICADE™ Insulated Panel

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® 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 and BARRICADE® Thermal Shield has also been designed with air channels that encourage constant air flow and evaporation of surface moisture emitted from your basement concrete floor.

The BARRICADE® Air Plus panels are only 3/4″ (1.9 cm) in thickness, less than half of the height of a conventional subfloor, while Barricade® Insulated and Barricade® Thermal Shield are both 1" (2.4 cm) in thickness.

BARRICADE® Air Plus panels can support 6,642 pounds (3,012 kg) per square foot, BARRICADE ® Insulated panels can support 3,153 pounds (1,430 kg) per square foot and BARRICADE ® Thermal Shield can support 3,650 pounds (1,659 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 and BARRICADE ® Thermal Shield in 1" x 47.25" x 24.25" (2.5 cm x 110 cm x 59 cm). 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. In the case of BARRICADE® Thermal Shield, a panel can be cut with a standard box cutter.

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 panels are configured with a tapered tongue and groove edge making panel assembly fast and easy. BARRICADE® Thermal Shield panels can be cut with a standard box cutter.

Estimating is easy. If you are installing BARRICADE® Air Plus or BARRICADE® Insulated panels, take the total square footage of your room divided by 3.3 equals the number of panels you need. If your are installing BARRICADE® Thermal Shield, take the total square footage and divide by 6.6. This factor includes an allowance for normal wastage and cutting around obstacles and pipes.

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

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.

For the best installation results, it is recommended to use a self-levelling compound for any uneven surfaces when installing BARRICADE® Thermal Shield.

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.

BARRICADE® Thermal Shield is specifically designed for hard-surface flooring, such as: luxury vinyl (LVT/LVP), laminate and engineered hardwood.

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.

Color variances are due to varying levels of die used during the production of Barricade® Thermal Shield™. There is no performance impact based on color and slight variations may occur based on the production run of the panel.