Gone are the days when a custom-built subfloor system is a homeowner’s only viable option for basement flooring. Today, most homeowners prefer prefabricated basement finishing systems. In fact, there are several basement subfloor solutions available on the market today due to the rising demand. 

Some of these popular brands include Dricore, Tyroc, and Barricade. 

While prefabricated finishing systems give homeowners a variety of options to choose from, implementing the systems can also be a daunting task, especially for first-time buyers. Perhaps this is the reason you are reading this basement subfloor review.

If yes, I’ll help you evaluate which of the three—Tyroc, Dricore, and Barricade—is the right subfloor for you and your family. 

All About Dricore, Barricade, and Tyroc


An all-in-one engineered subfloor system, Dricore is a floor underlayment developed specifically for basement use. It features a number of technologies that guarantee a dry, warm, and comfortable space. This is an impressive feat as many basements are prone to moisture. 

Dricore’s subfloor system is easy to install too. In fact, you can do the installation yourself without any professional help. All of its subfloor solutions also come with a 25 year warranty as well.


Just like Dricore, Barricade manufactures engineered subfloor solutions designed specifically for basements. Barricade, however, offers two types of underlayment: the Barricade Insulated Subfloor and the Barricade Subfloor Air Plus.

Both of Barricade’s subfloor systems are efficient. They can both be used for all types of floor coverings, including carpet, vinyl, tile, and hardwood. They are also easy to install and can support up to 6,000 lbs per square foot.

The only difference between the two lines is that Barricade Subfloor Airplus comes with an Air Gap technology which helps protect the floor against moisture. Both of Barricade’s subfloors, however, come with a limited 25-year warranty. 


Unlike the previous two companies, Tyroc provides a new subfloor solution which specializes in “green” flooring systems. They have also been dubbed the latest innovation in concrete coverings, an additional impressive feat outside of being sustainable and eco-friendly.

The subfloor comes in two layers that are both made from recycled materials. These layers each protect the floor from moisture, and together with its other damp protection technologies, maintain dry concrete. Tyroc’s subfloor works for all types of floor coverings, including bamboo, sheet linoleum, ceramic tile, and engineered hardwood. 

A Side-by-side Comparison of Basement Subfloors

Durability Comparison

  • Mold and mildew resistant. The sturdiness of a subfloor is often dependent upon its resistance to mold and mildew growth. Tyroc, Dricore, and Barricade are all mold and mildew resistant.

    The reason? Because they all have what is called “airflow” technology which essentially protects the floor from moisture. Barricade’s Air Plus subfloor, for instance, is designed with an air gap technology that prevents moisture accumulation.

    Dricore and Tyroc have similar airflow technology. Both come with raised panels which creates a gap, allowing the air to flow freely underneath and keep the concrete dry. Tyroc’s surface board is also made of magnesium oxide, an inorganic material which can naturally resist moisture. Dricore, on the other hand, has a high-density panel membrane attached to the panel which serves as a moisture barrier. 
  • Weight Capacity. When it comes to weight capacity, all three are guaranteed to support heavy furniture—even gym equipment. Barricade, for example, can carry up to 6,000 pounds per square foot, while Dricore and Tyro can withstand up to 7000 pounds per square foot. 

Safety and Convenience

  • Installation process. Basement subfloor systems in general are easy to install. Almost all subfloor solutions (including the three we are currently discussing) are designed with a groove and tongue pattern. Essentially, the design allows the underlayment to easily snap into place. Thus, the process only takes about a half a day to a day, depending on how large the area is.

    You will need basic cutting tools to complete the job as well. A circular or hand saw, for example, will do. 
  • Healthy air. Dricore, Tyroc, and Barricade Air Gap technology promote healthy air, too. This is especially crucial since basements are located underground and thus prone to moisture. Good air quality is also always a plus if you have kids around.

    The subfloors can keep the air healthy and warm using their anti-moisture features. It will prevent musty odors as well as mildew and mold from growing. 


There is also good news if you aim to be eco-conscious: all three subfloor systems are sustainable and ethically made. Barricade, for instance, emits low Volatile Organic Compounds, certified by SCAQMD based in California. Tyroc is environmentally friendly by using recycled rubber tires and plastic. 


While the three brands guarantee sturdy subfloors that should last for a long time, they also provide limited warranties. All three provide a 25-year limited warranty. 

The Verdict

Choosing the right basement subfloor system can be a daunting task. And, in my opinion, picking which is better among Tyroc, Dricore, and Barricade is difficult. All of them share similar technology and provide similar benefits.

The three brands feature an Air Gap technology, for instance, that prevents mold and mildew growth. All of them offer up to 25 years of warranty, too. The only difference I noticed is that Dricore is not as eco-friendly as Tyroc and Barricade. So while you can’t really go wrong with any of these, hopefully this review will allow you to identify which one works best for you.

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Matt Greenfield

Matt Greenfield

Matt Greenfield is an experienced writer specializing in home improvement topics. He has a passion for educating and empowering homeowners to make informed decisions about their properties. Matt's writing focuses on a range of topics, including windows, flooring, HVAC, and construction materials. With a background in construction and home renovation, Matt is well-versed in the latest trends and techniques in the industry. His articles offer practical advice and expert insights that help readers tackle their home improvement projects with confidence. Whether you're a DIY enthusiast or a seasoned professional, Matt's writing is sure to provide valuable guidance and inspiration.

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