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Costly Mistake of Overlooking Your Subflooring’s Tongue-and-Groove Profile

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Builders look for a lot of things in their subflooring such as strength, stiffness and moisture resistance. But what is often overlooked is the tongue-and-groove profile and its important role in creating a high-performing subfloor assembly.

Technology Manager for Huber Engineered Woods Chris Vegas discusses why a secure-fit, tongue-and-groove connection is crucial in helping prevent costly, squeaky-floor callbacks.

What’s the main function of the tongue-and-groove profile on subfloor panels?

The purpose behind a tongue-and-groove profile is edge support. It may seem like a small detail, but the way the edges of a panel are manufactured not only affects how the panels lock together during installation, but also the long-term performance of the subflooring system. While some panels claim to provide an easier fit, what’s important is to make sure panels have a snug-fitting tongue and groove to reduce the chance for deflection — the up-and-down movement that can lead to squeaks.

What makes AdvanTech subflooring’s edge profile different?

AdvanTehuberch® panels provide what we call a secure fit. The top and bottom of our profiles are straight and parallel with each other, while a lot of competitive panel profiles are shaped more like a wedge. This may allow panels to connect together easily, but it also may leave them loose, which provides less edge support. AdvanTech panels’ tongue and groove also includes a self-spacer, which ensures proper spacing, while still providing full-panel edge support. More movement can lead to more squeaks and more pops, resulting in more unhappy home owners.

Are there other characteristics that are unique to AdvanTech panels?

The job of subflooring is to be a strong, even base for finished floors, no matter the jobsite conditions. At Huber Engineered Woods, we use a perfected balance of advanced resin technology throughout the panel with a high wood fiber content to ensure our AdvanTech panels are consistently manufactured to above-code standards for strength, stiffness and fastener-holding power as documented in ESR-1785. It’s a process we created over 20 years ago that provides a strong, quiet, stiff subfloor.

Learn more about what makes AdvanTech subflooring the FLAT OUT BEST™ for a quiet, stiff floor by visiting AdvanTechQuiet.com.

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  1. R Naylor says:

    AdvanTech is the best.

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