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Tips to Keep Your Subflooring Dry This Winter

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Dealing with wet and frozen subflooring is a reality for many builders during the colder months. The following tips can help keep your build on schedule despite harsh weather.

Cold, wet conditions are inevitable on the jobsite. While snow and ice can push back jobsite timelines, the Huber Engineered Woods engineering team made a list of cold weather subflooring tips so you can keep working through the winter months.

Combatting Snow and Ice

When building with AdvanTech® subflooring, avoid solid or liquid forms of salt. While these are good for melting snow and ice, they can open the surface of AdvanTech subflooring and let water into the wood’s pores. Instead, use the following methods to help maintain the structural integrity of the panels.

  • Dark, course sand absorbs heat from the sun, helps with the melting process and reduces the risk of slipping. It can be purchased at a local big-box or hardware store.
  • Safe Paw Ice Melt is made with a glycol that can be applied before, during and after an ice or snowstorm.
  • Bare Ground Liquid Ice Melt is more time-sensitive. It should be applied one to two hours before a storm and the temperature must be below 35 degrees. It comes in 1-gallon containers and can be applied with a garden sprayer.

Dealing with Water Exposure

Heavy rainfall can lead to standing water on the floor deck. AdvanTech subflooring is engineered to withstand water exposure with a 500-day no sanding guarantee. Limitations and restrictions apply, Visit huberwood.com/AdvanTech/ResidentialWarranty to learn more.

You can take extra measures to protect your material if prolonged frozen, wet or dry cycles are anticipated when the wall framing isn’t up yet by covering the floor deck with a tented tarp system, but make sure water doesn’t accumulate underneath the tarp. The best way to help avoid water pooling underneath is to use temporary framing or equipment to allow airflow beneath the tarp. Tarps are a great safeguard, but it’s imperative to remove them as soon as the rain ends to prevent mold and mildew growth.

If it’s too late for rain preparation, there are a couple water removal options. For standing water, wet vacuuming and sweeping are the best methods. Keep in mind, sweeping may be more difficult if the wall framing is up, so wet vacuuming could be easier.

As with any subflooring, allow panels to dry completely before installing finished flooring.

Choosing the Right Adhesive

Unlike traditional commodity OSB products that can swell or flake, AdvanTech subflooring is engineered with a unique resin formula and process that allows it to not only stand up to snow, ice and rain without flaking or swelling, but to also maintain its strength and stiffness.

When tackling a frosty, wet jobsite, keep in mind AdvanTech™ subfloor adhesive is a moisture-curing polyurethane adhesive. It not only provides a stronger bond than industry standards (exceeds ASTM D3498 standard specification for field-gluing plywood to lumber framing for floor systems, dry, wet, frozen and gap filling adhesion tests) even in inclement conditions, but it also applies easily with a gun-applied, foam-to-gel application — so no squeezing frozen cartridges!

With this easy-to-apply, strong panel-to-joist connection, AdvanTech subfloor adhesive used with AdvanTech® panels provides the right moisture resistance and strength and stiffness even under tough winter conditions to set your flooring on the right track to resist warping, buckling, bounce and squeaks.

Learn more at AdvanTechQuite.com or contact the technical support team for additional advice on using AdvanTech subflooring or ZIP System® sheathing and tape products.

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