Red Oak Plywood Red Oak is an imported unfinished veneer plywood. Red Oak plywood comes in 1/8”, 1/4”, 1/2” and 3/4” thickness. (sizes) The 1/8” thickness is graded B4. Front face is a B grade that is a smooth sanded and clear face.
There may be an occasional minor blemish on the B face. Back side is a 4 grade that will be of same or similar wood but may have filled knots, veneer joints or seams. This plywood is a stain grade on 1 side.
The 1/4” thickness is graded A3. Front face is an A grade that is a smooth sanded and patch-free clear face. Back side is a 3 grade that will be of same or similar wood but may have filled knots, veneer joints or seams.
Red Oak Plywood plywood is a stain graded on 1 side.
The 1/2” and 3/4” thickness are graded B2. Front face is an B grade that is a smooth sanded and patch-free clear face. Back side is a 2 grade that will have a few more blemishes than the front B face, but is usually clean enough to be seen. This plywood is a stain grade on both sides.
Luan Plywood for Basement Subfloor Review (Pros and Cons)
So you have a home renovation project at home you need to complete, and are trying to determine what type of underlayment to use for your basement flooring. As a basement subfloor on it's own luan wood is probably not the best material, but overlaid over concrete or another material that is already existing you'll probably find you have no problems.
The one major concern you'll have with Luan Wood as an underlayment is that it has been known to collect moisture and this can cause it to warp, or unwanted expansion and shrinkage. So this is the negative side of using Luan Wood. If you're wondering what the positive side of Luan Plywood is, it's probably it's cost effectiveness, lets face it. Luan Plywood is probably one of the cheapest materials out there, far less than standard mahogany, or Balsa wood.
Securing Luan Plywood in Place
xxxx 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 Lam