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Proper installation & why it's important

 
Proper Installation for Concrete Subfloor
 
American Floor & Home prides ourselves with not just great products, but also an installation process to keep your floors withstanding the Hawaii weather, your daily movements and time.
 

Concrete subfloor installation process:

 
 
 

Pre-installation

 
 
MOISTURE TEST
Moisture testing is conducted on all concrete subfloor. ASTM F1869 Certified moisture test pictured above.
 
 
 
 
 

Pre-installation

 
 
ASBESTOS TEST
Homes built before 1985 will need to be tested for asbestos. If asbestos is present, then a certified abatement company will need to remove the affected area.
 
 
 
 
 

Step 1

 
 
DEMO
Covering old flooring could lead to long-term problems in the future. We remove and dispose of old flooring down to the subfloor.
 
 
 
 
 

Step 2

 
 
GRIND
Leveling cement needs a porous substrate to adhere properly. We flatten high spots, patch low spots, and prepare your concrete for the next step.
 
 
 
 
 

Step 3

 
 
BLOCK
If necessary, we use an epoxy moisture mitigation system to prevent long-time moisture damage.
 
 
 
 
 

Step 4

 
 
PRIME
Rolling on a primer will allow our patchwork and leveling cement to properly adhere to your substrate. Skipping this step could cause the cement to crumble over time.
 
 
 
 
 

Step 5

 
 
PREP
Leveling of the new subfloor to create a solid foundation.
 
 
 
 
 

Step 6

 
 
UNDERLAYMENT
Used for multiple reasons such as acoustical requirements or a light moisture barrier.
 
 
 
 
 

Step 7

 
 
INSTALLATION
Planks installed by manufacture recommendations.
 
 
 
 
 

Step 8

 
 
WALL BASE AND TRANSITION
These are used to cover the spacing which allows flooring to expand and contract properly.
 
 
 
 
 

Flooring failures

 
Below pictures show floors failing because of improper installation.
 
 
 

Mold

 
 
 
 

Wood rot

 
 
 
 

Plank separation