The demand for mid-rise buildings – which continues to grow across the US and Canada, including apartments and condominiums, senior living, affordable, hotel, educational and mixed-use commercial/residential developments – is a significant factor in today’s subflooring market.
Throughout the construction sector, building professionals are working to meet this demand with innovative solutions which balance value with performance.
In this challenging market, Plycem SX20/20™ (previously known as Plycem Cemdeck) has established itself as a leading subflooring solution, already specified and installed by architects, engineers, contractors and modular builders on thousands of mid-rise projects across the US and Canada.
Here are five of the reasons why.
1. Non-combustible subflooring
Critically for subflooring applications in mid-rise buildings, Plycem SX20/20 is rated non-combustible per ASTM E136, and for zero flame spread and zero smoke development per ASTM E84.
As a result Plycem SX20/20™ is fully UL & ULC classified for use in fire-rated construction, with fire-rated floor assemblies up to two hours.
2. The lightweight alternative to poured concrete.
For anyone currently designing and constructing mid-rise around traditional poured concrete subflooring systems, Plycem SX20/20™ presents a powerful opportunity for innovation.
Typically installed over light-gauge steel framing as an alternative to poured concrete, Plycem SX20/20™ delivers the strength and resistant properties of concrete but with the weight advantages, flexibility and ease-of-installation of wood.
Put simply, choosing Plycem SX20/20™ over poured concrete can dramatically reduce your build speed and costs.
3. Excellent load-bearing
The specialist Plycem SX20/20™ subflooring cement board also provides excellent load bearing performance, with an interlocking tongue-and-groove edge ensuring solid joining and uniform loading across supports.
Read the Plycem SX20/20™ Mid-Rise Submittal sheet for details and specifications.
4. Easy to install
Plycem SX20/20™ cuts and installs using standard carpentry tools, and is durable and water resistant on site. Sub-zero installation is no problem, and there is zero curing time to factor in.
Composed of Portland cement, recycled mineralized cellulose fibers, water and bonding agents, PlyCem SX20/20 subflooring cement board is also non-toxic and entirely free of any asbestos or formaldehyde.
5. Remarkable value
Above all, Plycem SX20/20™ delivers all of these advantages at outstanding price points – as much as 25% less than other structural panels and much less than poured concrete once you factor in the speed of construction, reduced weight, structural costs and other advantages.
So it’s easy to see how Plycem SX20/20 subflooring can transform the ROI of your mid-rise project.
Plycem SX20/20™ is trusted throughout the US and Canada as a subflooring solution in the construction of multi-story residential, hotels, schools, hospitals, dormitories, assisted living facilities, correctional facilities, airports and more (click here to see a selection of Plycem SX20/20™ projects).
With Plycem SX20/20™ subflooring panels, you really can build stronger, safer, faster, cheaper and better than ever.