Plywood as Sub Flooring
Did you know that that visible portion of the floor that comes in contact with our shoes, as you walk on normally have a lower layer called the sub flooring. This sub flooring popularly uses plywood materials as the best choice!
Plywood has become the ideal material to be used as sub flooring due to the fact that it is readily available in the market and it doesn’t cost much. Plus, plywood also have the unique characteristic of being perpendicularly aligned because of its multiple layers, it can also resist sudden changes in the humidity. There is also plywood that has the ability to resist water.
What is a sub floor?
Subfloors are of course situated at the very base of the floor. The Fsc plywood subfloor lies on top of the joist of the house. This is laid under flooring like hardwood, ceramic tile and then the laminated floor.
Aside from film faced plywood, there are other materials for sub flooring. But what makes plywood the best material for sub flooring? Plywood can be available in huge surface that has even flatness, it also has the ability to be easily cut and cleaned. Because of its even layer, plywood, if used as sub flooring, can sustain the flatness of the floor without worrying of having uneven flooring.
There are various types of plywood sub flooring you will need. You cannot just grab plywood of any kind that you see on the stores. You need to know that plywood comes in different grades. You need to consider what plywood subflooring is appropriate material.
If you are having the Resilient Vinyl Flooring, you must select the ¼ inch thick exterior grade of AC plywood as subflooring material. As placing this on the surface to be a subfloor, you need to make sure to position the smooth side of the plywood up.
If you go for plywood flooring, you need to choose ¼ inch to ½ inch exterior grade plywood for sub flooring material. There is no need to go for AC material grade plywood. Because for this kind of flooring, you don’t need to have a smooth sub flooring surface, this won’t be the primary concern since you would have it over layered by wood flooring. You may even go for rough surfaced plywood so as to cost less.
If ever you would go for ceramic tile. Though cement board or the fiber cement board is usually used for this type of flooring, you may still go for plywood so as to save money. You may choose the ½ inch exterior AC grade plywood.
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