Do you frame on top of DRIcore?

DRIcore® panels can be installed where there is an existing wall frame or a concrete foundation wall. Where only a concrete foundation exists, it is best to install wall framing directly on top of DRIcore® panels to elevate the floor and wall framing away from direct contact of potentially damp concrete.

Do I need underlayment on top of DRIcore?

Install the floor manufacturer’s approved underlayment for use over a wood subfloor and then proceed with the finished flooring on top of the DRICORE® panels. The installation of a continuous vapour barrier on top of DRICORE® is permitted as long as it is not sealed to the perimeter wall.

Should you screw down DRIcore?

Remember that DRIcore must be installed as a floating floor. Normally it is not recommended to nail, glue or screw DRIcore panels to the concrete surface. In some instances, we suggest minimal fastening of the panels to the concrete surface.

Does DRIcore need vapor barrier?

On basement floors without a moisture barrier, similar water vapour problems can occur. To prevent this, DRIcore’s Subfloor product is the correct material to use with DRIcore SMARTWALL. This subfloor is comprised of 2-foot by 2-foot tongue-and-grooved engineered tiles.

How high can you shim DRIcore?

1/4 In.

For sloping or uneven sections of your floors, DRIcore levelling shims nest underneath DRIcore subfloor panels to quickly adjust the subfloor to the height needed to level the panel. Height Adjustment for uneven Floors up to 1/4 In.

Do you install subfloor before framing?

If you use a product like DriCore for the subfloor, they even explicitly recommend you frame on top of their subfloor product. They do, however, recommend you screw the framing through the subfloor into the concrete with something like 3″ Tapcons spaced every 4 ft through the bottom sill of the framing.

Can you put a toilet on DRIcore?

Of course not! Don’t sweat it and don’t seal it up. If, at some point, the toilet overflows and some dirty water runs under the flooring and DriCore, it will eventually evaporate – just as water is supposed to under DriCore.

Can you seal DRIcore?


NOTE: If panels are to remain unfinished for a period of 2 weeks or longer it is recommended to seal DRIcore® panels with two coats of polyurethane to protect from moisture.

How thick are DRIcore panels?

Which Subfloor Is Right For You?

Product Subfloor Gold Subfloor R+ Platinum
Height 3/4″ 1″
Bottom High Density Plastic XPS Foam
Weight 6.5lbs. 6.1 lbs.

How do you lay a DRIcore subfloor?

Quote from the video:
Quote from Youtube video: Cut the last panel to size and press into place with the pull bar. Go back and adjust any panels that bounce with a leveling shim. Make sure you stagger the second row seams.

How do you install DRIcore Insul armor?

Quote from the video:
Quote from Youtube video: Place the grooved edges toward the wall. Press fit the tongue of the second panel into the groove of the first panel tap the pieces. Together with a tapping block. At the end of the row.

Is DRIcore SmartWall worth?

Dricore SmartWall was a very good choice, even when calculating versus a framed-wall and standard drywall with an equivalent barrier and insulation R value, it looks like Smartwall is only going to be a small amount more expensive in terms of materials.

What is the best subfloor for a basement?

Rigid foam is an excellent basement subfloor option because it provides a thermal break between concrete and flooring.

  • Finish flooring.
  • Plywood screwed down through the layer below.
  • Rigid foam insulation—1 1/2-inch thick.
  • Concrete basement floor.

What is a Wahoo wall?

Wahoo Walls are made of non-organic materials that are unharmed by water and do not support the growth of mold. Made of JetBoard brand Magnesium Oxide adhered to an Integrity EPS by Atlas R-13 panel that is rated R-15/16 when used continuously without studs. These durable solid walls are fast and easy to install.

What can I use instead of drywall?

Drywall Alternatives

  • Wood Planks. Wood planks are an age-old drywall alternative that has certainly stood the test of time well. …
  • Veneer Plaster. …
  • Lath & Plaster. …
  • Plywood and Sheet Wood. …
  • Texture Wall Panels. …
  • Brick & Masonry. …
  • Exposed Concrete Block. …
  • Cement Board.

Why do nails push out of drywall?

Drywall screws may occasionally snap off but they will never pop out. Instead, the nail pops in your ceiling and walls are caused by short drywall nails that are no longer firmly attached in the two-by-four studs.

Is paneling cheaper than drywall?

Because of the greater attention needed for cutting and trimming wood, paneling may take more time and cost more than installing drywall. Also, paneling doesn’t work as a sound barrier the way drywall does. Thus, in a workshop, installing wood paneling can produce a noisy, even irritating, atmosphere.