Luan plywood is a popular underlayment that is commonly used for installing vinyl flooring. Underlayment for installing flooring is very important to choose since it can affect the resistance and durability of the flooring itself. Especially for vinyl flooring that has a common problem about too rough subflooring, Luan plywood can be a good option since it has a smooth surface for maintaining the professional looking floor. In order to get the flooring installed properly, the plywood should be also correctly installed.
Measuring is the first thing to do to install underlayment for flooring. You can do it using a tape measure to get the square footage for the subflooring. Once you get the square footage, divide it by 32 to get the number of sheets of Luan plywood needed and use it to shop the plywood. Before the plywood installed, the subfloor should be cleaned from any debris, dirt or dust. The nails or screws also need to be removed from the subfloor. Fix the subfloor by filling any gaps using floor patching compound and allow it to dry before sanding to make the surface level. Measure the plywood using a circular saw and lay it perpendicular to the subflooring leaving a ¼ inch gap between the cut edges and the walls. Leave also 1/8 gaps between the sheets of Luan underlayments and remove the plywood.
Spread the floor over the first Luan plywood underlayment. Install the plywood using a staple gun to staple lightly the subfloor and underlayment. Install the remaining Luan plywood until all underlayment has been installed. Fill the gaps against the walls and any holes left by splintered wood with flooring patching compound. Installing Luan plywood is actually the same as installing other kinds of plywood, you just need to know the exact installation to get it installed properly.
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