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Frequently Asked Questions

Most basement floors, even in new homes, are damp. Concrete is a porous substance and requires air circulation. As temperatures in the basement fluctuate, it creates the perfect environment for moisture to accumulate between the underpad and concrete. This is where mold can begin to germinate which can lead to poor indoor air quality. A subfloor ensures there is an air gap between the finished floor and the concrete to help protect against moisture, mold and mildew.
DRICORE® Subfloor has an integrate high density polyethylene membrane bonded to the underside of the panel which provides an excellent moisture barrier. DRICORE® Subfloor has also been designed with Air Gap technology that encourages constant air flow and evaporation of surface moisture emitted from your basement concrete floor.
The DRICORE® Subfloor panels come in a 23.25″ x 23.25″ format and 3/4" in height. DRICORE® Subfloor R+ panels come in the same format but 1" in height. This size was created to provide a convenient, lightweight solution that is easy to handle and maneuver when loading into basements.
Yes. For uneven floor variances greater than 1/4″, we recommend first using a concrete self-patching compound or a similar liquid concrete patching product. For floor variances less than 1/4”, we recommend DRICORE® leveling shims. To check for floor height variances, take a 4ft level or longer straight edge and place over the concrete surface where the installation is to take place. Raise the straight edge or level to the level line and measure the height difference between the concrete floor surface and straight edge with a measuring tape. Mark the spots on the concrete floor where liquid leveling is required and fill in as necessary.
Laminate, Vinyl (LVT/LVP), Carpet, Engineered Hardwood, Tile
DRICORE® Subfloor R+ has all the benefits of DRICORE® Subfloors but with more than twice the insulation so floors feel even warmer! DRICORE® Subfloor R+ has are R-value of 3.0 vs. DRICORE® Subfloors which has a R-value of 1.4.
The length of installation time will vary by the room size and complexity of room layout. An average 400 square foot basement should take 4 hours.
DRICORE SMARTWALL® is an easy and fast way to finish your basement walls. The all-in-one engineered wall panel requires fewer steps, less time and less labour to finish your basement. Get the job done 5x faster using DRICORE SMARTWALL®.
The DRICORE SMARTWALL® installation guide and brochure can be found within this product page.
DRICORE SMARTWALL® panels weigh just 30 lbs., are conveniently sized (21.75″ x 96′) and are easy to cut with regular power tools. The panels simply attach to the top of your floor joists and at the bottom to your subfloor using 2″ x 2″ lumber as your tracks.
Unlike conventional construction methods, DRICORE SMARTWALL® OSB framing, insulation, and primed drywall skin, combine into an all-in-one high performance wall assembly. Simply lock panels together to form your finished basement walls.
DRICORE SMARTWALL® panels come with micro beveled edges, which eliminates the need for taping seams. To achieve that perfect seamless finish simply use DRICORE® Patch Pro. DRICORE® Patch Pro is easy to apply, paintable, and crack resistant – this will ensure that your new walls look great for years to come.


Skip Bedell (TV Host and Professional Contractor)

“You never want to put your finished floors on top of wet, damp, and cold concrete. DRICORE® Subfloors gives you a layer of protection to help with moisture and cold coming from concrete.”

Skip Bedell

Steve Maxwell (Professional Contractor)

“Nobody wants a musty smell in the house and that’s why I go with DRICORE® Subfloors.”

Steve Maxwell

Bryan Baeumler (HGTV Host and Professional Contractor)

“In my mind, you cannot finish a basement without putting down DRICORE®. Every house I’ve ever built has DRICORE® in the basement, it’s the only way to do it.”

Bryan Baeumler


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