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 cheaped out and painted the suflooring.
PRODUCT OVERVIEW FROM LOWES HOME IMPROVEMENT
Approved for use as an underlayment for carpeting, hardwood and vinyl floor coverings. (Installation instructions must be followed)
- Guaranteed to meet IWPA (International Wood Products Association) standards for grade and thickness tolerance
- Moisture resistant plywood suitable for use in high humidity areas
- Superior veneer and ply construction offering uncommon strength and stability
- Suitable for many projects like wall paneling, cabinet components, drawer bottoms, RV repair and much more
- Easy to work with, great for machining and finishing
- Practical way to bring warmth and beauty to any project
- Note: Product may vary by store.
- MFG Model # : 431178
- MFG Part # : 431178
Loews Luan Specifications
|Actual product thickness (in.)||.2||Actual product width (in.)||48|
|Assembled Depth (in.)||96 in||Assembled Height (in.)||.208 in|
|Assembled Width (in.)||48 in||Manufacturer Warranty||Limited LIfetime|
|Plywood Type||Hardwood Plywood||Portion of product made from wood (%)||100|
|Pressure Treated||No||Product Length (ft.)||8 ft|
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
You don't need to pad between the sufloor and the plywood. Use glue and then use screws at the corners. 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. Just make sure that you buy quality materials. Cost cannot be beat, and you can throw down a mat or carpeting in high traffic areas, for example outside the kitchen or hallways.