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The basic requirement of any floor surfacing material—from ceramic to wood—is that the subfloor remain free of moisture build-up. This is particularly true for basements where concrete, a porous substance that needs to breathe, can develop moisture as room temperatures fluctuate. The moisture that forms between the concrete and flooring will not only compromise the floor’s performance but contribute to mold, mildew and poor indoor air quality over time.
Tyroc, a new, green sub-floor panel system, is the latest innovation in concrete floor coverings. Each panel has two layers: a surface board made from compressed magnesium oxide (a natural inorganic material that offers exceptional moisture resistance) and a molded base made from recycled rubber tires and recycled plastic. A groove-pattern on the underside of the panel is designed to allow moisture to move freely to floor drains, provide a water-proof barrier and permit airflow underneath to reduce the potential for mold and mildew.
In addition to being an environmentally safe and sustainable product, Tyroc is DIY friendly. It lays flat on uneven floors, can be cut with a table saw, circular saw or jigsaw, and comes in easy to carry, lightweight 16” x 48” panels. It can be used as a sub-flooring material for any surfacing product, according to manufacturers, including ceramic tile, sheet linoleum, laminate, bamboo, natural and engineered hardwood floors, and carpeting. It can also be used over radiant heat installations.
To learn more about Tyroc, including an installation video, visit the company online.
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