Father's Day Gift Centre event is on now. Don't wait!  Shop Event

Basement Subfloor Insulation Tips

Keep your basement dry and warm. Adding a subfloor to your basement is an easy and effective way to keep it dry and warm all year round. Subfloor insulation adds an extra layer between your flooring and the concrete — which can help reduce heating bills. It will also protect your flooring, like laminate or carpet, from moisture damage and add a layer of cushioning using air gap technology.

What Are Insulated Subfloor Panels?

When warm, moist air from your home connects with the cold concrete floor in your basement, a dampness is created which allows cold to be conducted through your uninsulated floor boards.

With an insulated basement subfloor, you’re adding panels to stop that conduction by creating a layer between the concrete and your floors. This not only stops the cold but helps stop moisture from building up, which could produce mould and lead to costly repairs.

How Do I Use These Subfloor Panels?

Most insulated subfloor panels are built with a tongue and groove edge, allowing them to fit together like most floorboards. They’re square in shape allowing your subfloor insulation to cover the entire floor. Your normal floors, tiles or carpet should be installed on top.

Why Use DRIcore Insulated Floor Boards?

DRIcore Insulated Floor Boards

DRIcore offers two levels of insulation, both designed to be effective and easy to install — requiring only a saw and a mallet — and suitable under any finished basement flooring.

DRIcore Subfloor

DRIcore is a one-step engineered subfloor that is specifically designed for basements. Because basement floors constantly release moisture, DRIcore has a raised moisture barrier on the bottom that covers cold, damp concrete. Insulated to an R-Value of 1.7, it not only protects, insulates and cushions your finished floors — using an air gap technology — but also raises the temperature of finished flooring by up to 3.2° C / 6° F.

DRIcore Subfloor R+

Utilizing the same air gap technology, the R+ subfloor takes insulation a step further with an R-Value of 3, which can raise the temperature of finished flooring by up to 5.6° C / 10.6° F. DRIcore R+ combines high density Oriented Strand Board (OSB) and Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) which helps resist moisture and maintain its R-Value consistently.

Related Resources