Here in the Northwest there are few homes that are built slab on grade, so we are often asked about installing decorative coatings over wood sub-floors. This is definitely something that can be done! And the process has become easier in the last few years as manufacturers have refined flexible epoxies that can be used a base-coats for more traditional coatings to be installed over wood sub-floors. The problem with coating plywood or other wood sub-floors, has always been the fear of damage resulting from movement. If the two materials are expanding and contracting at different rates when temperatures fluctuate, cracks can result. A flexible epoxy base-coats help more traditional coatings bond to wood while helping to eliminating the chance of cracking.
With the popularity of decorative concrete on the rise, many people considering remodeling, particularly in the northwest, feel like it isn’t an option for them simply because they have plywood sub-floors. They think they are stuck with traditional flooring choices like tile, carpet, linoleum, or hardwood. Many old school contractors would tell you the same thing. This is simply not the case. If you are looking for the beauty and personalization available in decorative concrete flooring, you can absolutely achieve this look with an installation over your plywood sub-floor without any compromises in quality.