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Barricade Insulated Subfloor

There’s no easier way to increase living space in your current home than by developing your basement, and starting with the right foundation is essential to a successful basement project.

About Barricade™


Planning on finishing your basement?

There’s no easier way to increase living space in your current home than by developing your basement, and starting with the right foundation is essential to a successful basement project.

Why Barricade™ Insulated Subfloor?

The first step to a warm, comfortable basement floor is to use Barricade™: The insulated subfloor panel system that is specifically designed to cover concrete floors. Intended for use on below and slab on grade pads.

Barricade™ saves, protects and preserves your home. Improved basement flooring not only creates a more enjoyable living space for you and your family, it also gives your home an advantage in the competitive housing market. Barricade™ basement flooring:

  • Saves on installation time
  • Saves money with lower energy costs
  • Protects against air infiltration and temperature extreme
  • Protects finished flooring against moisture damage
  • Preserves a comfortable basement living environment

About Barricade™ Insulated Subfloor

  • R3.2 Thermal rating warms concrete floors by 5°C / 9° F
  • IIC 55 acoustical rating dampens sounds for a quieter floor
  • Closed cell XPS foam resists moisture and maintains R-Value
  • 23 ½” x 23 ½” x 1” panels are easy to carry, cut and level
  • 20,000 lb. compression strength per panel

Subfloors and Basements

When it comes to basement ideas, a subfloor is a necessity not an option. Why do you need a basement Subfloor system?

For basement remodeling, there are three important features that a basement subfloor must provide:

  • Basement Floor Moisture Control
  • Basement Floor Insulation
  • Basement Floor Sound Control

Moisture

Basement concrete floors, because they are built right on top of the soil are cold and damp. Warm, moist interior air, particularly when the relative humidity is higher than 50%, will always condense onto cold surfaces, such as single-glazed window glass, uninsulated foundation walls and bare concrete floors. The basement subfloor system should prevent moisture from condensing onto the concrete surface by blocking cold conduction through the concrete floor slab.

Insulation

An uninsulated basement concrete floor can account for up to 1% of a home’s energy loss. A basement subfloor system should provide adequate insulation to help prevent excessive heat loss and provide a warm comfortable walking surface.

Basement Floor Sound Control

Installing finished floors directly to the hard unforgiving concrete floor results in floors that are rigid and uncomfortable, a basement subfloor system should provide a solid, stable surface for a finished floor that is quiet, and provides a cushioned feel.

Install Barricade™

Installation
The right foundation

A Barricade™ Subfloor Tile (BSFT) system is approved as a foundation for laminate, cork, or engineered wood floating floors, wall-to-wall carpeting, sheet vinyl, vinyl tiles, ceramic tiles, and solid hardwood floors.


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 Insulated Subfloor panels. Barricade is not meant to be a replacement for good foundation maintenance. Any moisture issues including leaks, excessive moisture, mold/musty spots, foundation cracks, window leaks, exterior drainage or hydrostatic pressure issues, should be resolved prior to Barricade Insulated Subfloor's installation to avoid potential contamination to the finished project and surrounding building materials. Any dips or low spots in the concrete surface greater than 1/4" should be trowelled level with a Portland cement compound or leveled with a self-leveling compound to ensure an accurate installation. Determine the number of Barricade Insulated Subfloor panels and leveling kits needed to complete the room(s). To do this, calculate the total number of square feet of your floor (length x width). Divide the number by 3.3. This formula allows for a percentage of additional panels normally used as partial waste, while cutting around pipes and other obstacles. Please note: The actual panel dimensions are 7/8" x 23.5" x 23.5". Check out the Barricade Insulated Subfloor Calculator!

Subfloor panel preparations

  • Make as much space as you can spare in the area where you will be laying the Barricade panels. Remember, you'll need space to stack the panels, which should be away from where you begin laying the floor.
  • Sweep or vacuum the entire surface to remove any debris that may interfere with the proper seating of the Barricade panels. Visually inspect the floor area for bumps or ridges that will need to be removed before you begin.

Installation tools needed

  • A circular saw and/or jigsaw
  • A hammer or rubber mallet 
  • A carpenter's square
  • A tapping block and pull bar
  • Barricade leveling kits (based on the formula 1 kit / 60 panels)
  • A sufficient quantity of 1/4" flooring spacers, to create the proper expansion space between the panel edges and the walls, or other fixed surfaces
  • A dust mask or respirator for cutting panels outside
  • A pair of safety glasses for eye protection
  • Barricade Insulated Subfloor is a floating subfloor. However, in some instances, we suggest that you fasten the panels to the concrete floor.
  • We recommend that the panels have a 1/4" space away from all perimeter walls and room obstacles, such as support posts or stairs, to allow for airflow and some expansion. Check with the lumber department for 1/4" wood strapping, off cut stock or other inexpensive 1/4" dimensional lumber that you could use as spacer material.
  • For homes where the basement may have an existing subfloor or covering over the concrete surface that may trap, block or absorb moisture, we recommend that it be removed prior to installing the Barricade Insulated Subfloor panels.
  • Access to floor drains or clean-outs should be maintained and 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 a Barricade Insulated Subfloor. If you install Barricade Insulated Subfloor panels over a drain access, cut an access opening in the panel that rests over the drain. You can either reinstall the cut piece to cap off for future removal and maintenance or take the drain cover from the existing opening and use to cap off the top of the Barricade material or finished flooring material to allow for access.
  • There are many conditions which can contribute to excessive moisture in a basement - house location, soil conditions, poor exterior drainage, construction, lack of or failure of waterproofing methods, hydrostatic pressure etc... Maintenance, repair and understanding how to control these factors will help to limit and prevent leakages or flooding from occurring.

Setting up the layout

  • First, choose the longest straight wall as your starting wall. Select one of the corners on this wall as the place to lay the first panel. Choose the corner of the room that will result in the least amount of cutting required for the entire room.
  • Measure the distance between your beginning point and end of the wall where the first panel run will terminate. Trim the starting panel back to allow for at least a 3" panel section at the end of the first row.
  • Check your starting corner for squareness. If your starting corner is not at a 90o angle into the room, then the wall edge of your first row of panels will require cutting to ensure squareness of the panel to the inside of the room.
  • Begin in your selected 'start' corner of the room and lay the 1/4" spacing material along the two walls. Eventually you will have these spacers placed around the entire perimeter of the Barricade area. (If you're working in a basement where there is already a stud wall around the perimeter of the basement, apply the same 1/4" spacers between the panel and the stud wall.)

Installation

  • In your selected starting corner, lay the first panel with the tongue side flat against the spacers. Slide the next panel into place by connecting the tongue side into the groove of the first panel. Use a tapping block with a hammer to make sure this second panel is snug to the first panel, and to the wall spacer. Repeat this panel placement the length of the wall.
  • Once you reach the last panel in the row, chances are good that you'll have to cut the panel to fit. Measure to fit tight against the 1/4" spacer. Cut the panel to size and press into place with the pull bar. Ensure the last panel is at least 3".
  • Before you start the second row, check the first row for leveling and adjust any panels that bounce, with a Barricade leveling shim. Note that each row of Barricade Insulated Subfloor should be staggered at their seams.
  • Row #3 looks just like Row #1. Starting Row #3 with a full size panel will create the natural seam offset. Row #4 would be staggered again as in Row #2.
  • The first three rows are the most critical to the success of a well formed subfloor. Take your time, and place down one row at a time installing tightly to prevent any seam separation.
  • Continue to install the floor, checking for leveling and adjusting with Barricade leveling shims as necessary. Work from one side of the room to the other, one row at a time.
  • When you reach the last row to complete your installation, chances are good that you'll have to cut the panel to fit. Measure for fit, keeping in mind the additional (1/4") expansion space from the wall that is required. Cut the panel to size and press into place with the pull bar.
  • When all of your panels are in place, you may be able to remove the 1/4" spacers from around the perimeter of the room depending on the finished flooring application.

The Leveling Kit

  • The leveling shims have been designed for use with the Barricade Subfloor panels for areas where your basement floor is uneven. They simply fit over the cleats on the underside of the Barricade Subfloor panels, raising the panels to the desired level.
  • Place the leveling shims over the area of the panel where you feel the height adjustment is necessary. Slide the square until it 'nests' or 'cups' into place on the underside of Barricade Subfloor panel.
  • In some cases, you may need to stack 2, 3 or more leveling squares together to get the right height adjustment needed to level the panel. NOTE: Any dips or low spots in the concrete surface greater than 1/4 should be trowelled level with a Portland cement-based compound.

Making Interior walls

  • An interior stud wall can be set right on top of your new Barricade Subfloor and is in fact, the preferred method of installation. Install your 2X4 frame directly on top of the subfloor, measuring for a "snug" fit between the subfloor and ceiling.
  • Once the frame is in position, simply screw the bottom plates of the 2X4 frame to the Barricade panels, using 2" wood screws. To finish the anchoring process, we suggest fastening the bottom plate to the concrete floor using either 3" concrete nails or concrete fasteners.
  • Only minimal fastening to the concrete is required. For example, for every 8' length of base plate, install only two concrete anchors. 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 Insulated Subfloor panels with 5/8" wood screws as a maximum. Metal stud base plates should be anchored in concrete every 2' when installing over Barricade Insulated Subfloor panels.

Carpet

To prevent panel uplift when stretching carpet, fasten Barricade Insulated Subfloor panels to the concrete floor with flat head 1/4" x 2 1/4" or 2 3/4" concrete fasteners every other panel at perimeter edges and one in the panel in the centre of the room. Use a 3/16" x 4 1/2" drill bit to bore the holes. Install tack strips on top of the Barricade Insulated Subfloor panels around the perimeter of the room, to hold the carpet down. Install pad and carpet. Do not glue the underpad or carpet directly to the Barricade Insulated Subfloor panels.


Sheet Vinyl and Vinyl Tiles

1/4" plywood underlayment approved for use with sheet vinyl or adhesive-backed vinyl tiles should be fastened to the Barricade Insulated Subfloor panels. We do not recommend lauan plywood as an underlayment. Use 3/4" flooring fasteners that do not penetrate the moisture barrier on the underside of the Barricade Insulated Subfloor panels. Do not glue the plywood underlayment to Barricade Insulated Subfloor panels. Do not glue adhesive-backed vinyl tiles directly to the Barricade Insulated Subfloor panels. Glue the vinyl floor to the plywood underlayment according to the vinyl manufacturer's installation instructions. Only remove the 1/4" wall spacers after the vinyl floor has been installed.


Ceramic Tile

Fasten each Barricade Insulated Subfloor panel with five, flat head and countersunk, concrete fasteners to the concrete floor to prevent movement or shifting of the finished ceramic tile floor. We recommend one in each of the four corners and one in the centre of the panel. Use flat head 1/4" x 2 1/4" or 2 3/4" concrete fasteners and a 3/16" x 4 1/2" drill bit to bore the holes. Next install an approved tile underlayment over Barricade Insulated Subfloor making sure you follow their installation guidelines for installing over a wood subfloor. NOTE: Barricade Insulated Subfloor must lay perfectly stable. A sound recommendation would be to have one person walk the floor. Step heavy or bounce, with another looking for vertical movement of panels. If there is noticeable movement, mark the areas in question with an X and insert another concrete fastener. Please note that we also do not recommend gluing underlayments or other wood flooring materials to Barricade Insulated Subfloor.


Engineered/Solid Hardwood

Follow the wood manufacturer's guidelines as to what can be installed at or above grade and below grade. The National Wood Flooring Association defines below grade as any part of a concrete floor that is 4" or more below the soil level. Before installing glue-down or nail-down floors a 3/8" plywood underlayment should be fastened to Barricade Insulated Subfloor using 18 gauge 3/4" or 7/8" narrow crown staples. When installing nail-down floors test a piece of the finished floor to make sure the fastener does not puncture the plastic membrane. Remove the 1/4" wall spacers after the wood flooring has been installed. NOTE: Do not glue engineered hardwood floors directly to Barricade panels.

FAQS
Do you need a subfloor?

There’s no easier way to increase living space in your current home than by developing your basement, and starting with the right foundation is essential to a successful basement project.

Barricade™ Frequently Asked Questions


FAQ’s

  Why would you need a subfloor like Barricade™ flooring?

Basement floors are cold and damp. The cement retains the cold and when the warm, moist air from your home meets the cold cement, a damp, 'sweaty' condition is created. Barricade™ Insulated Subfloor panels prevent moisture from condensing onto the concrete surface by blocking cold conduction through the concrete floor slab.

  Can I install the tiles right away or do I have to wait?

We recommend that you allow the Barricade™ panels to adjust to the relative humidity of the room in which they will be used prior to installation. Allow tiles to stand for at least 24 hours by stacking or laying them out on the floor with the insulation (blue side) down.

  What should I do at the bottom of the stairs?

If the riser height is a problem, then you will need to make a landing at the bottom of the stairs and put in transition strips to get up to the proper height.

  What should I do at the floor drain?

Make sure your drain is not sealed off from the channels underneath the subfloor. You might need to make some channels to the drain so that if there is water, it can get to the drain.

  How much headroom will I lose with Barricade™ subfloor panels?

Not much! A Barricade™ insulated flooring panel is only 1" in total thickness.

  How does Barricade™ flooring work?

Barricade™ panels are OSB (oriented strand board) construction and are approximately 2 feet square. They have 2 sides with tongue and 2 sides with grooves. There is no need for nails or glue to install a Barricade™ subfloor.

  Can I nail into Barricade™ panels?

Absolutely! Barricade™ panels can receive nails or screws without compromising the benefits. Tile the entire basement with Barricade™ and then erect the stud walls right on top!

  What finishing solutions can I use with the Barricade™ Subfloor?

You can use carpet, laminate, vinyl or engineered hardwood. Simply prepare your new subfloor as you would any other. For example, lay down a 1/4" underlay for vinyl flooring.

  What is the proper way to install vinyl sheets or tiles?

A 1/4" plywood underlayment approved for use with sheet vinyl or adhesive-backed vinyl tiles should be installed with nails, staples or screws to the Barricade™ panels. Do not glue the plywood underlayment to Barricade™ panels. Do not glue adhesive-backed vinyl tiles directly to Barricade™ panels. Install the vinyl floor to the plywood underlayment according to the vinyl manufacturer's installation instructions. Leave 1/4" wall spacers in place until after the vinyl floor has been installed. Remove 1/4” wall spacers.

  Can I install it myself?

Of course, the Barricade™ system has been specifically-developed for easy installation, with subfloor panels installed in an average-sized basement in one day by the homeowner, using standard household tools.

  What is the weight load of the Barricade™ Flooring panels?

The Barricade™ flooring panels can handle weights up to 5000 pounds per square foot.

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Calculator
How many panels do you require?

When trying to determine how many Barricade™ Insulated Subfloor panels you require simply take the square footage of your area and divide that by 3.3. Click below to calcuate for you.


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    How Many Panels do I need?

    Total square foot of your room divided by 3.3 will give you the recommended number of panels.

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