The Importance of a 6mil Moisture Barrier

The Importance of a 6mil Moisture Barrier

The longevity and performance of Stoneform® relies heavily on a proper installation. A crucial step that cannot be overlooked is the necessity of laying a 6mil moisture barrier when installing Stoneform® over concrete subfloors.

Why the 6mil Moisture Barrier?

The answer lies in the potential risks associated with moisture intrusion from concrete subfloors. Concrete, although seemingly solid, can harbor moisture that, over time, can seep through and affect the integrity of your flooring.

Hydrostatic Pressure and Its Effects

One of the primary reasons we insist on a 6mil moisture barrier is to combat hydrostatic pressure. This pressure occurs when moisture accumulates beneath the flooring surface, exerting force that can compromise the locking system of Stoneform®. Without a proper barrier, the moisture can penetrate the planks, causing them to swell, warp, or buckle, ultimately leading to installation failures.

Preventing Moisture Residue and Mold

An uncured concrete slab can leave behind moisture residue, which, when trapped creates a breeding ground for mold and mildew. This not only poses health risks but can also damage your flooring investment. By laying a 6mil moisture barrier, you create a protective barrier that safeguards your flooring and the quality of your space.

Warranty Implications

At Hewn, we stand behind the quality of our products. However, it's crucial to note that failure to comply with manufacturer-recommended installation practices, such as using a 6mil moisture barrier, can void your warranty. Instances of warping along the edges of Stoneform® planks caused by trapped moisture from the concrete will not be covered under our warranty policy.

We're committed to providing not just exceptional flooring solutions but also the guidance and support you need to make informed decisions about your space. If you have any questions or need assistance with your Stoneform® installation, don't hesitate to reach out to our team.

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