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Your subfloor is the floor beneath your floor. It is the structure upon which your new flooring will be installed. Subfloor can be the concrete foundation of your home, or the boards or plywood laid over the floor joists. The decision on which type of floor you can install and the method of installation to use depends on the subfloor you have. For example, if you have a concrete subfloor, like in your basements, you can install laminates or cork using glue-down or floating methods. A nail/staple method is impossible for the obvious reason that they will not penetrate concrete.
Some common subfloor types are:
Vinyl floors, glued-down carpets, and other existing flooring types are not suitable as subfloor (especially for wood floors) and must be removed. Before installing any type of flooring it is important that you get down to the solid, flat and dry subfloor.
Here's a quick reference on subfloors and the flooring types and installation methods you can use:
|Subfloor||Flooring Type||Installation Method|
|Concrete||Solid||Nailed onto Battens,Glue-Down|
|Plywood, T&G||Solid||Nail-down, Glue-Down|
Submitted by Jason Ashby, UKFD