Shaw & USG Partner in Evaluating Gypsum-Based Underlayments
Dalton, GA, February 27, 2019-USG Corporation, a manufacturer of building products, and Shaw Industries have completed a multi-year evaluation of gypsum-based underlayments. The extensive testing and assessment resulted in modified installation specifications and rehabilitation guidelines based upon a better understanding of the entire floor covering system, rather than singular components within the system.
Shaw’s approved gypsum-based underlayments must meet a minimum compressive strength of 3,000 psi for carpet, resilient and hardwood floorcoverings. With products available in a variety of compressive strengths, USG offers numerous underlayment solutions to fit Shaw’s specifications.
In addition to modified installation specifications for all of its flooring products, Shaw supports USG’s Rehabilitation Guidelines for Damaged Gypsum Underlayments. The guidelines provide a solution to repair existing damaged or compromised gypsum underlayments while maintaining building code requirements based on ASTM E119/UL 263 standards for fire resistance.
USG has been a leader in gypsum-based solutions for nearly 20 years, when the company introduced its line of Levelrock products, designed to increase minimum compressive strengths and eliminate the weak floors of the past. USG also implemented a stringent quality control program with its contractor base to ensure proper installation-a critical component in successful flooring systems.