Advantech-subflooring_HERODesigned to outperform OSB and plywood, AdvanTech subfloor panels compete based on stiffness, moisture resistance, and installation speed. “It goes down easy and stands up to most weather extremes,” says Greg Kelley of South Carolina-based Kelley Builders. Though, he notes, the product has a higher price point than commodity OSB or plywood panels. Despite the cost, the product’s rigidity and resistance to moisture make for reliably flat and quiet floors, respondents said. The product has ranked first for quality in the OSB category in BUILDER’s Brand Use Study since 2002.

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