DRIcore sub floor

Old 06-16-03, 06:18 PM
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DRIcore sub floor

I am thinking about using this product (DRIcore) for my sub floor in the basement. It comes attached to 2'x2' T&G pieces. Has anyone had any experience with it? What did you think? (besides expensive) I was also wondering if anyone thought that it might be possible to just buy a roll and adhere it to a 4x8 T&G sheet of plywood and make the appication this way. I suppose the problem would be levelling since this is an older home and the floor has a few ups and downs. Any ideas or experience with this sort of application would be appreciated.
Old 06-16-03, 08:36 PM
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Before you go spend a lot of money, please look into this. I'm glad I did.
First I found this product called subflor, which appears to be very similar to the Dricore product.
Then I found that they wanted $9 a 2x2 piece (4 sq feet). WHOA. So I got some rolls of Delta-FL
http://www.deltams.com/deltafl/index.html and 4x8 sheets of 5/8 OSB which came out to be about a buck per square foot. I'm sorry I can't remember the actual price per sq ft for the Delta product, but I do remember it being less than a dollar.... Screwed it down with some tapcons and I'm good to go! Made my own 'Subflor' for half price!
I've looked into these two products as well. And had one comment. The big difference between dricore and delta-fl is that the dri-core panels will 'float' with thermal expansion and wouldn't take as much effort to 'level' them to irregularities in the concrete. Dricore is a subfloor on is own, But with deltams you need install a sub floor on top of it before your final finish.
I installed Dri-core, solid, VERY EASY to install subfloor!!! It took me and my wife (yes, my wife) about
5 hours for 300 sq. ft., with some cutting around pipes support poles etc. I thought it went well anf it looks and feels great. Just follow the installation instructions and ther will be no problem...Need to do the other 1/2 next weekend...will be putting wall up after that..i will keep all informed on how it goes...But I would recommend this floor to anyone...Thanks for all your input..
I like the idea of putting the walls on top of the dricore, which i will be doing..Should I get any dampness, (which I shouldn't bu if), the walls and toeplate are off the cement. I used 1x3's as spacers and the 3/4" space is just right. . Dricore suggest fatening the toe plate to the flooring and then fastening the flooring to the concrete with 3 fasteners every 16 ft. I think itll work out nice. Let me know what you choose..and I'll keep you up to date on how the walls go up. In addition, i am not using baseboard heat so I did not have that worry, I am using a gas fireplace. Good luck..

I never contacted a flooring contractor about dricore. I bought 2 panels to show my General Contarctor, and he liked it, he had never seen it. From my understanding, it is made in Canada and is only available exclusively at Home Depot in the US. It is $4.97 for a 2x2 panel.

Advantages is that it is easy, solid, incorporates your vapor barrier and sub floor in one piece, allows the panel to "breath" underneath should you get dampness. I will now feel much more comforatble putting down carpet. Another point, it is dricore is only 7/8" high, where a true subfloor with sleepers etc is 2-2 1/4"..a big deal for me because of my ceiling height...

Had to use a few piece of leveling kit near the sump hole..$3.97 for a package of 20 pieces...

Hope this helps!
Old 06-17-03, 11:06 AM
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That was my experience, and I went that way because all i could find was SubFlor for $9 a piece. I had 850 sq ft to do so that got nix'd right quick.
I've seen others here post that they found the DriCore for about half that. I would have considered it had I found it that cheap in my area. Overall, I'm very pleased my the above results
Old 06-17-03, 03:59 PM
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Thanks for the help. I just read the DeltaFL website and it seems as easy as I thought it might be. I happen to know a builder so I might see if he can order me a roll to save a few more $$$. The Delta is about 130.00 up here in Canada +15%tax.
I really appreacite the help and plan on pricing out the Delta. I'm looking at installing a floating floor with the walls on the top of the subfloor. I'm going to use steel studs and see how that goes.
Keep me posted on you're progress, as will I.


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