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Sub-Floor Preparation & The Process

Arguably the most important part to get right on any installation, preparation really is everything as a failure in the subfloor will create a failure in the finished floor. There are many different types of subfloor and each can have their own challenges. Whether it is moisture and movement with solid floors or squeaking, bouncing or uneven floorboards it is essential to get the preparation correct.

You can read our handy guide to Flooring Preparation here or read our Price Guide here to give you an idea of the associated costs.

The most common forms of preparation work are the application of a self-levelling compound or the installation of plywood sheets. This creates a smooth and flat area for the installation of your new flooring.

Get in touch with us today and we will be happy to arrange a site visit to check and see what would be required to make sure you get the perfect prep!

If prep work is required on a solid floor, usually this would involve (at bare minimum) a good vacuuming, an appropriate self-levelling smoothing compound applied and then, after drying, the floor to be buffed again using an STR machine to remove any possible imperfections. 
Additional work could also be required to address issues such as damp, which would ideally be resolved using the application of an appropriate DPM. Without such measures, the floor is likely to “blow” which means the compound lifting from the subfloor and breaking up, and causing major headaches along the line.
6mm ply flooring preparation for grooming studio

Latex commercial flooring

Floor prepartion

When preparing a wooden subfloor or raised access panels (when permanently bonding non-impervious materials), this would usually require the fixing of plywood of an appropriate thickness. This is then followed by the smoothing of joints with a feather finish compound to ensure the area is flat and sound before installing your chosen flooring product.

To ensure a high-quality finish the work must start with high quality preparation. In order to achieve this, we would hope to visit all sites prior to work commencing in order to do a proper survey and identify any possible problems that may arise.

There is a huge selection of preparation products available, all with different purposes and qualities and selecting the right one for the job at hand is vital to ensuring a perfect job.

Feel free to contact us and we will be happy to assist you with any flooring prep questions.

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