Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Is Underlayment also called Luan?

Is Underlayment Also Called Luan?

Main Question:
Is Luan also Called Underlayment? 

     Yes, it is. Luan is a type of Underlayment used under vinyl and/or laminate flooring. 

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   Luan Panels are used for flooring underlayment that is underneath the vinyl or laminate flooring. They are placed on the subfloor before you begin to roll out the floor covering. This provides some support for the flooring and gives it a finished look to the floor, in addition to support. 
Luan is purchased in panels of Plywood with different sizes that make it easy to transport and easy to install. A beginner DIY has the true capacity to do alot of the work with some simple instruction. 

  There is a list of all you need to know about Luan panels, and their proper installation in the section below.

What is the Description of Luan Wood?

  Luan Wood is made from several layers of thin sheets of material that are compressed together using a wood adhesive. The grain of the alternating wood is placed in the opposite direction of its next attached wood piece.

  This is how Luan wood gets it strength, and in addition to this it is usually made around a solid core which is placed between Luan plywood veneers which also increase the strength of the material for do it yourself home projects.

  Veneer wood is made of low quality mahogany wood. Luan is usually used for making furniture interiors, Doors and backing as well as for the underlayment of higher grade flooring materials such as Laminate, Vinyl flooring. 

What are Luan Panels? 

  Luan Plywood Panels are manufactured wood panel made from thin sheets of Luan wood Veneer. It is the most widely used wood products. 

  It is flexible, inexpensive, workable, and re-usable, and usually can be manufactured locally. Plywood is used instead of plain wood because of plywood's resistance to cracking, shrinkage, splitting, and twisting/warping, and because of its generally high strength. 

  Luan Panels, are often called Vaneers, are glued together, with adjacent plies having their wood grain at right angles to each other, to form a composite material. There alternation of the grain is called cross-graining and has several important benefits: Luan Plywood Panels and Vaneers reduce the tendency of wood to split when nailed at the edges, this is a benefit for many do it yourself jobs, especially when you consider that most do it yourself'ers are novices in jobs for the first time. Installing Luan Panels Board Plywood.

Using Luan Plywood as (Sub) Flooring

If you are looking at an inexpesive way to do flooring, you can use Luan Subflooring, as Finished Flooring. The trick here is to cut the plywood sheets into tiles, about 4x4. You can also do it in 2x2' or 2x4'. This way it doesn't look like you just cheapened out and painted the subfloor. Make sure to properly sketch the layout of the room you plan to floor so you can make the proper adjust with regards to full plywood sheets, and those that you will have to specialty cut to create a uniform look around the room.

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You don't need to pad between the subloor and the plywood, although I wouldn't recommend against it. (An acoustical foam underlay will help reduce noise). Lay the plywood sheets on top of the foam padding underlayment. Use glue and then use screws at the corners, as you lay the plywood. You can also use glue alone with no screws, however that might result in some curling of the plywood flooring, and of course you don't want that.

For the screws, you can spend a little bit of money, and get something different. You can use flat face screws, with 2 dimples. They are called tamper resistant screws, to be honest, I don't think the wood species matters. Once you have finished installing and screwing the plywood in, using wood putty or filler to fill the holes ad the sand it smooth.

Using plywood (luan/birch) as a top flooring is a unique and cost effective method for home improvement. Of course the cost cannot be beat, and you can throw down a mat or carpeting in high traffic areas, for example outside the kitchen or hallways.

Things to Remember when it comes to Plywood Flooring

There isn't going to be an isle in the home hardware or improvement store dedicated to Plywood Flooring, so you may have to think out of the box.

Materials to Use for Your Plywood (Luan/Birch) Flooring Project And Costing

6 sheets of five-ply 1/2-inch domestic Birch or Luan plywood for the flooring (less than $70 dollars)
3 sheets of three-ply 3/4-inch Baltic birch plywood for the trim (less than $100 dollars)
150 square feet of 1/8-inch acoustical foam underlay (under $30 dollars)
Handful of fasteners and  2 1/2-inch gold screws (under $10 dollars)
Wood putty or Filler (Under $10 dollars)

1 gallon of floor-grade polyurethane (under $50 dollars)

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