Underlayments & Floor Prep
Floor Technologies, our high rise floor pour experts, offer gypsum and self-leveling concrete floors and sound control mats to provide a more durable, sound resistant flooring experience.
Expert Underlayment Installation
Floor Technologies installs the optimal underlayment solution in multifamily, commercial, and residential construction projects in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and surrounding areas of Minnesota. By using the highest quality materials by Maxxon, our expert flooring team ensures that your floors are installed correctly and exceed expectations. If you are ready to see Floor Technologies in action, click the button below to contact us and get a free quote today!
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Gypsum Underlayment Benefits
Floor Technologies uses Maxxon® Gyp-Crete® (a lightweight mix of gypsum and concrete flooring) and sound control mats to offer these benefits to your new or updated building:
- Keep Secure with Less Pressure on Framework – Compared to concrete, Gyp-Crete® is 28% lighter and much easier to work with. Plus, it’s almost entirely self-leveling and durable with compression strengths up to 4,500 psi.
- Quick Dry Time, Faster Projects – Gyp-Crete® pours and dries fast, so it’s open to foot traffic only hours after installation.
- Minimize Noises – Gyp-Crete® floors are perfect for minimizing noises when paired with sound control mats.
- Ideal for Radiant Heating – Underfloor heating and Gyp-Crete® are the perfect pair to avoid corrosion and shrinking that might occur with regular concrete.
- Clear Air and Reduce Toxins – Keep safety at top of mind with low chemical emissions in the gypsum and concrete mixture.
Cementitious Underlayment Benefits
Floor Technologies uses Maxxon® Level-Right®, a self-leveling, hydraulic cement-based underlayment, to smooth rough, spalled concrete slabs with a featheredge.
- Fast, Easy Installation – The easy-to-use, self-leveling mixture installs quickly, so your floor installation takes less time.
- Ideal for Rough Screed Finish – Top off rough floors with strong cementitious flooring (compression strengths up to 7,000 psi) to provide a smoother underlayment.
- Update Old Flooring – Self-leveling cement underlayment repairs old floors by smoothing out imperfections quickly without having to remove old material.
- Save Money – Instead of replacing the entire floor, you can simply update the old underlayment with cementitious flooring over the top.
- Perfect for Commercial Projects – Cement flooring doesn’t require a ton of prep, no removal is necessary in many situations (shot blasting is occasionally needed), and large projects are finished fast.
Floor Underlayment Applications
The three major underlayment services offered at Floor Technologies are gypsum floors, sound control mats, and cementitious floors. Keep reading to find out which one works best with your project and click the button to get a free quote from our contractors when you’re finished.
Maxxon® Gyp-Crete® has impressive sound control in multifamily homes and is ideal for radiant flooring projects. If you are looking for the underlayment leader for use over wood subfloors, click the button below to work with Floor Technologies today.
Sound Control Mats
Maxxon® Acousti-Mat® is your go-to for minimizing noises and increasing IIC ratings. This original sound control mat provides a quieter living experience for residents in multifamily buildings. Click below to get a free quote and work with our Floor Technologies team today.
High-strength and cost-effective, Maxxon® Level-Crete™ is a hydraulic cement flooring that’s perfect for capping uneven, rough, or spalled concrete floors in renovation projects.
Cap concrete, existing floors, and adhesive residue with the a self-leveling hydraulic cement-based underlayment. Level-Right® doesn’t require a lot of special prep or floor removal, so every project is finished fast.
Every step of the way, Floor Technologies is there for the flooring application process. Our professional team specializes in:
- Prepping subfloor and outdated flooring for underlayment
- Laser leveling floors
- Resurfacing lightweight concrete, spalled concrete, and rough, unfinished concrete
- Smoothing and leveling old wood floors
- Therma-Floor underlayment for radiant floors
- Leveling hollow core and precast concrete planks
- Encapsulating vinyl asbestos tile
Interactive System Selector
Our product partner, Maxxon, makes selecting your materials for a project even easier. Click the link to use their interactive assembly to find the ideal materials for your building based on sound and fire ratings.
Underlayment Products by Maxxon
Floor Technologies has gypsum and self-leveling cement underlayment options from Maxxon that pair spectacularly with sound control mats to make your flooring durable, sound resistant, and fire resistant. Plus, many of our products are GREENGUARD Gold Certified, which may account towards LEED project certification points, clearer air, and reduced toxins. Whether it’s for use in multifamily homes, commercial buildings, or single family residences, our applicators have the technology and expertise you need to complete your project fast. See the Maxxon products below that Floor Technologies uses for their projects and click the button to learn more.
Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ – Underlayments
If you are new to underlayments, you may have a few questions about the process. Read below to find the answers and contact us if you have more questions or if you’re ready to get a free quote.
Both IIC and FIIC are a measure of how soundproof a material is. But you might be wondering, what’s the difference? IIC is “Impact Insulation Class” and FIIC is “Field Impact Insulation Class”. IIC is the rating that a lab determines while FIIC is determined by an on-site test. This measure is based on how well a material dampens impact noises (footfall, scraping, jumping, etc.). The higher the IIC, the better acoustic insulation a material has to increase sound resistance (multifamily buildings aim for 55 FIIC).
It can get confusing keeping track of all the different layers in flooring, but there are four basic pieces: joists, subfloor, underlayment, and the floor covering.
- Joists – Wood pieces that act as the foundation and frame for the flooring
- Subfloor – Plywood layer that provides structure beneath the underlayment
- Underlayment – Layer that provides a smooth, flat, and sturdy surface for flooring
- Floor Covering – Last part of the flooring, often covered by carpet, tile, vinyl, and other flooring options
If you want a strong, durable flooring layer that lasts for years, then the answer is yes, you need underlayment. This layer of flooring protects from mold, mildew, and moisture. But it doesn’t stop there. It also helps increase sound and fire resistance in your home.
Sound control mats add an extra layer of material that works as a shock absorber. The materials absorb the vibrations caused by loud noises in a building. As a result, quieter floors occur in multifamily and commercial buildings.