subfloor

noun
sub·​floor | \ ˈsəb-ˌflȯr How to pronounce subfloor (audio) \

Definition of subfloor

: a rough floor laid as a base for a finished floor

Examples of subfloor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To cut costs even further, a producer can sell what’s known as a subfloor, a put option that’s much lower than where prices are currently trading. Michael Roschnotti, Bloomberg.com, "Oil-Hedge Strategy That Failed Shale in 2014 Burns It Again," 7 May 2020 Carpet, laminate, or engineered hardwood can also be laid right over the subfloor, and each is relatively easy to install. 4. Will Sutherland, Popular Mechanics, "How to Convert a School Bus to a RV," 4 Dec. 2019 Installing the Subfloor and Finish Flooring / The best material for a bus subfloor is sanded plywood. Will Sutherland, Popular Mechanics, "How to Convert a School Bus to a RV," 4 Dec. 2019 In the living room, officials observed the carpet had been removed from the home, and the wooden subfloor had become stained with animal feces and urine. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "More than 220 living and dead cats, other animals, recovered from Middle River home; two residents indicted," 15 Nov. 2019 An entire subfloor and plumbing for both bathrooms had to be replaced. Elizabeth Depompei, Indianapolis Star, "'A disaster': Downtown Kilroy's to remain closed for 'a few more weeks'," 30 Oct. 2019 Before laying anything down, a carpet installer will need to make sure that the subfloor is in good shape. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, "How Much Does It Cost To Install Carpet?," 23 Sep. 2019 But there must be a problem with the subfloor, because both replacement tiles have also cracked. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, "Cracked kitchen tiles? Try a patch.," 10 June 2019 Prep the Subfloor Prepare the subfloor for the underlayment by tapping down any nailheads that may be protruding from the surface. Joesph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "8 Tips for Installing Laminate Flooring," 26 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of subfloor

1838, in the meaning defined above

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“Subfloor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subfloor. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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