Saturday, May 25, 2013

Luan Subfloor

Luan Subfloor

Great Tips For Bending Plywood

Quarter-inch lauan plywood is the top material for underlayment among home renovators and contractors. It's quality is unsurpassed, and it is extremly durable and long-lasting. Amoung Manufactuers of Vinyl Flooring, Hardwood Flooring, Tile Flooring, and Laminate Flooring, the choice is clear, and Luan is the top pick. Of course before you proceed with any home improvement product, you should check with your flooring manufacturer before you proceed with installation to confirm.

Laying Laminate Over Plywood Subfloor - Helpful Video Tips:

Another quick video which will give you some visual instruction for laying laminate over plywood subfloor:

There are two types of Luan:

Luan Type 1 with an exterior glue, is the more resistant to delamination, and should be installed under very durable flooring

Luan Type 2 with a water-resistant glue.

Luan Wood Video Series
Bending Luan Wood Video
Installing Luan Wood Video
Cutting and Installing Vinyl Over Luan
Installing Luan Over Subfloor
Laying laminate over Subfloor
Making Tile Flush With Subfloor
Attaching Luan To Subfloor
Working With Luan For Do It Yourselfers
Great Tips For Bending Plywood

The type is normally indicated on the panal edge. Usually on the 4 foot edge, on the 4x8 sheet. There are three possible standards of Luan, which are

BB -   Best Graded

CC  - Medium Graded

OVL (Overlay)
APA’s installation guidelines and WARNING!!! : 
 When using  1/4-inch plywood instructions should be followed when installing luan plywood, but installers BEWARE: Lauan is made under a wall-panel specification of the International Hardwood Products Association (IHPA). No manufacturing specifications support its use or gauge its performance as an underlayment.

Impact of Luan and Water 

The One major concern that you may have when you use luan plywood and it is then exposed to water is that the moisture can cause the luan plywood to ward, or cause other unwanted damage due to the expansion and shrinkage of the material.  This negative type of impact of water on luan plywood. On the up note in regards to luan plywood, is that is one of the most cost effective building materials that you can purchase, and far cheaper than other building materials for both outdoor and indoor projects, such as standard mahogany or Balsa Wood. 

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