When you install a new thermally modified porch flooring, you’ll need to insulate it. You can either do this yourself or hire someone to do the job for you. Here is a guideline on how to insulate thermally modified porch flooring.
Cut the new Thermally Modified porch flooring
Make sure you cut the thermally modified porch flooring to fit around all the support beams and joists. Be sure that your new Thermally Modified porch flooring is slightly larger than the original floor so you will have enough to cover gaps in the seams.
Seal gaps between joists
Use a liquid rubber sealant or some other kind of sealant to fill in any gaps between your new thermally modified porch flooring and the joists beneath it. You must leave no gaps for air to get through. You can also use a 100-mil or 200-mil vapor barrier over your new thermally modified porch flooring if you want extra protection from heat and cold.
Cover the Thermally Modified porch flooring
You can either cover your new thermally modified porch flooring with a piece of polyethylene or lay down some felt and place another piece of polyethylene over it. Your choice will be determined by how well you want your porch flooring to look. If your porch is going to be finished anyhow, go ahead and use polyethylene. This type of covering will also help protect the plastic underlayment from scratches and dents caused by workmen or tools.
Add the foam
You will also need to install some foam padding over your flooring so that it can insulate you from the cold ground. You can purchase this padding in a roll at any home improvement store. The foam will also keep your thermally modified porch flooring in place after things get rough during winter.
Install vapor barriers
Place a vapor barrier under your thermally modified porch flooring and around it. You probably won’t be able to tell where the vapor barrier is unless you roll back sections of your porch floor and take a peek underneath it to see where you have placed it. This will make it easier to install your thermally modified porch flooring and ensure you are placing it at the proper depth.
There are several ways to hold your thermally modified porch floor in place. You can use liquid nails or other adhesives to keep it in place. Or you can use a few nails to hold everything together. Whichever method you choose, try to use as few nails as possible so that your porch flooring will look nice and neat when the project is done.
Install the new Thermally Modified porch flooring
When the thermally modified porch flooring is in place, it will be a breeze to install. You just need to start at one end of the porch and work your way across until it is completely installed. Keep in mind that you will want to put down a vapor barrier beneath the thermally modified porch flooring.
Once you’ve learnt how to insulate thermally modified porch flooring, you can go ahead and install your new flooring. Choose Sherwood Lumber’s Americana porch flooring and enjoy over 30 years of quality performance.