More often than not, clients are happy with their beautiful new LVT, vinyl, parquet or carpeting as long as it looks the part. One aspect of the flooring system that seldom gets a second thought is what lies beneath their new surface – the subfloor. As a professional flooring installer, it’s your responsibility to look a little deeper to ensure ultimate success.
As with all construction undertakings, redoing work can be immensely costly in terms of time, resources and reputation. With the condition of the screed being the major determining factor, it’s important that subfloor preparation – including moisture barriers and underlayments – is done properly.
How to prepare a subfloor
The process of successful subfloor preparation begins with determining the condition of the subfloor. In the case of a concrete slab (whether pre-existing or newly laid) the key parameter is moisture content, with a 3% moisture content being the standard threshold for employing a moisture and vapour barrier such as VAPORiTe PLUS. If the moisture content is lower, this probably isn’t necessary.
Once the issue of rising moisture has been addressed, the iTe Products system provides a logical, step-by-step approach using a series of products that will ensure a smooth, flat screed. Once this is done, either cementitious decorative screeds such as iTe CEMOX or the appropriate adhesive for the specified floor covering can be applied.
iTe Products offers everything from screed patching to priming and levelling in a range of products that carry the brand’s warranty. Your customer may never know what lies beneath but you will, so make sure the job is done well.
For more information, contact iTe Products:
Tel: +27 (11) 864 4918
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