Monday, April 22, 2013

Laying Laminate Over Luan Subfloor : Instructions and Video

Laying Laminate Over Luan Subfloor : Instructions and Video

Many Times people have asked me how best to install luan plywood under vinyl Floor as a subflooring material.

Here is a quick rundown of steps you can follow for best results:
Step 1.

First clean the subfloor which will be covered with the luan, and ensure that any dirt or residue has been cleaned and any splinters have been removed. Once this step has been completed, determine the amount of luan wood which will be required to cover the floor. Luan plywood as a rule comes in sheets which measure 4 X 8 feet.
Start your work from the corner of the space you intend to cover, and apply adhesive stick on the floors as you place the luan wood. The adheasive will help maintain a smooth surface once your topfloor has been laid.

Step 2

Begin to set the luan plywood into place, leaving a space of 1/8 inch around the edge by the walls. Use screws or staples with a gun, to fasten the luan wood into place. Place staples or screws at every 6 inches around the outside of the sheet, and every 8 inches inside the sheet.
Offset the seams of the plywood board (luan) as you lay the material, this will ensure all the corners of the wood do not line up, and this will make your work appear seamless. Make sure the connections are random and they don't line up with the connectors in the subflooring.

It’s what you don’t see that is the most important part of a beautiful, long-lasting hardwood or laminate floor: A well-prepared subfloor is key to lasting hardwoods and laminates. First, calculate the room’s square footage to find out how much flooring you’ll need to buy. Do this by multiplying the room’s length by its width. If you have an irregularly shaped room, divide the room into smaller squares and rectangles, calculate the square footage of each smaller area and add them all together. When you buy, add 10 percent to the total. This allowance covers imprecise math, irregular pieces and cutting mistakes. Before you begin, read the flooring manufacturer’s instructions carefully. Know and follow all local building codes. If you don’t feel comfortable, Lowe’s installation services may be the easiest way to handle your hardwood or laminate installation.

  Step 3

Mark the sheets as a measure so that they are staggered when laid, and fit into smaller area. Use a mechanical saw to cut edges which will be placed near the wall. Mak sure the cuts are clean to give a tight fit at the corners and wall.  Ensure the laun which has been laid is smooth in all areas, and doesnt have any raised staples or screws. Sand the surface if required before laying top flooring (vinyl or laminate

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