Monday, March 4, 2013

Attaching Luan Plywood to the Subfloor

Attaching Luan Plywood to the Subfloor


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Attaching Luan Plywood to the subfloor as with other underlayments use fasteners, which should each penetrate the underfloor (subfloor) by about 3/4's of an inch. This should not protrude into the subfloor if possible by more than 1/8 inches. If the underlayment is being installed through older floors, or floor coverings that have been there previously, then the depth of the floor covering should be considered before choosing the nail type to adfix the plywood to the subfloor.

Is Luan The Best For Floors?

Surprisingly, luan plywood can be used as flooring, when fully installed, and cut into planks or cut into square pieces. However the sheets should be glued down, with floor tape adhesive or glue, and then nailed throughout, or if you prefer, for appearance, you can just use the adhesive glue without nailing the flooring into place. You can screw the heads to make a tigher fit, however some believe this may make for a more unsightly project when the fasteners appear through the finished floor.


Luan, can be installed over solid, or smooth subfloors, like wood, or plywood, or concrete. Since luan is not very heavy, it can be used as flooring even though by most it is considered a temporary flooring option. It has been used on many do-it-yourself projects, which showcase this material as a great flooring option, however even though it has a nice appearance, it's durability is not that great.


Marine Meranti (Aquatec) Plywood

Marine Meranti Plywood is an untreated plywood variety. This plywood has a smooth finished face that is good on both sides. Marine grade plywood has solid plys with no voids and exterior glue.

How to Install Marine Grade Plywood
Determine how much marine grade plywood will be needed for installation using a tape measure and set a guide to use when measuring these details on your subject (for example - boat or dock). Once this has been completed lay down the intial sheet of plywood down at the first corner of the the project. Draw in pencil an outline on the plywood of exactly how it needs to be cut.

Use a jigsaw to cut the Marine Plywood. Follow along the grain lines to ensure a smooth edge and cut. Once complete lay the plywood into the front where it will be installed. Set it up against the front and verify that it fits properly

Insert 3-inch exterior grade wood screws through the plywood and into the supports. Space out the screws every foot or so and continue drilling until the plywood has been secured tightly. Then level and ensure the material is flush with the second piece of plywood and install it in the same manner. Using a caulk gun run a bead of waterproof caulk over the seam between the two pieces.

What is Anigre Veneer?


If you're looking for a higher end plywood board material or exotic veneer, look no further than Anigre Veneer. Anigre Veneer is actually an African Hardwood, and it is usually used for higher end interior furniture design, as well as the upper end millworking projects, such as Home Entertertainment and Luxury Design. It comes in board form for those that wish to apply it to prjects such as marine use, or construction and carpentry.


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