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DryBarrier® FAQ

  • Do I need to acclimatize DryBarrier before installation?

    Yes, it is important to acclimatize DryBarrier in the area of installation at a minimum temperature of 18°C/65°F for 24 hours.

  • Can I install finished flooring directly on top of DryBarrier without any underlayment?

    The durable flat top surface of DryBarrier may be suitable to place carpet, laminate, floating engineered hardwood, and engineered vinyl planks directly on top however it is important to follow the installation requirements as outlined by the flooring manufacture to maintain warranty on the finished floor. Refer to the Installation Instructions for further detail.

  • Do I need to place OSB or Plywood on top of DryBarrier?

    The main advantage of DryBarrier is that it does not contain and organic materials such as OSB or plywood that supports mold growth. The durable flat top surface has been engineered to support the construction of perimeter and interior walls. Finished flooring may be installed directly on top of DryBarrier without the need of OSB or plywood however it is important to follow installation requirements as outlined by the flooring manufacturer.

  • Why is DryBarrier the healthy subfloor choice?

    DryBarrier subfloor is composed of an engineered thermoplastic elastomer material which has been tested through accredited laboratories to be fungi/mold growth resistant, water resistant, free of volatile organic compounds, and promotes good air quality through the air flow channels allowing the concrete to breathe and not trap moisture.

  • Can I install perimeter and interior walls on top of DryBarrier?

    As long as DryBarrier has been properly acclimatized as per instructions, you can set perimeter and interior walls directly on top of DryBarrier subfloor. Simply anchor the bottom plate through the DryBarrier subfloor into the concrete using concrete fasteners. Any wall construction on top of DryBarrier subfloor must be non-load bearing.

  • How do I improve the air movement below DryBarrier Subfloor?

    To allow for optimized airflow circulation below your flooring cut an opening approximately 3" x 10" every 8' to 10' along the exterior wall perimeter and finish with a floor grille.

  • Can I install an in-floor heating system with DryBarrier?

    DryBarrier subfloor is not recommended with in-floor heating systems.

  • Can I cover floor drains with DryBarrier?

    If you choose to cover a floor drain with a finished floor then a small square access panel is required. Cut out a square from the DryBarrier subfloor tile over the drain (approximately 6" x 6" for a typical 4" round drain) and then tack the finished floor to the top of the DryBarrier square cut out. The access panel would seat on top of the drain and can be lifted for access when required.

  • Can DryBarrier support the weight of heavy objects?

    The profile structure of DryBarrier subfloor has been designed to support over 11,500 lbs per square foot therefore with no concern you can place heavy objects on a DryBarrier subfloor such as a pool table and gym equipment.

  • Does DryBarrier contain any volatile organic compounds (VOC’s)?

    No, DryBarrier does not contain any VOC’s. It is a safe product.

  • Does DryBarrier have an odor?

    DryBarrier may have a slight odor during installation however it will dissipate in time.

  • What do I need to do in the event of a flood?

    DryBarrier is water resistant however in the event a flood it is recommended to remove the DryBarrier tiles immediately, rinse off the tiles if necessary, and stack the tiles flat for drying. Prior to reinstalling, acclimatize DryBarrier in the area at a minimum temperature of 18°C/65°F for 24 hours.