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Old 12-12-2016, 02:02 PM   #1
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Trendy Finished Plywood floors? Few questions


I am remodeling an attic to have a modern office space. I have subfloors (pine T&G planks). There are several holes in the T&G and the floor is bitten up, however I would love to save it if it was possible because it has its own character. The contractors who saw it, did not have the same vision and want to cover up. I am considering installing plywood 6"x8' staggered planks and finish them. The question is: 1) Which thickness of plywood? 2) Do I have to install any additional material between the sub-floor and the plywood? 3) Do I have to install crossing the subfloor?
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Those pictures are very important!
What's "bitten up"?
I give up, what's 'plywood 6 X 8 staggered planks"?
Just does not sound like a great plan to me.
How would they be attached?
How are you going to stop them from flexing and squecking?
What happens when the top layer wears through?
There right, that old sub floor needs to be covered with 1/2 A/C plywood, then real flooring added over it.

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I'm going to assume the necessary homework was done to ensure this attic is reasonable structured for use as living space. If I read correctly, you're talking about ripping a sheet of plywood into planks and I cannot figure out why you would want to go to that effort over installing the plywood as sheets instead.
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They are starting to do that in my area. Google some pictures. You'd be surprised at how nice those plywood floors can be. I've seen a few but can't tell you anything about the install. I've seen some where they burn the plywood before they stain and seal it. It's not for me but I could see in it an attic.
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This is just one of the nicer ones, just a random picture off the net. People are getter by pretty creative with it.
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They won't last long. The top layer of plywood will wear through in a short time.
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You'd have to carefully select plywood for your application, plywood is not generally made hard enough for a floor, it would show wear quickly from hard heels or furniture legs. Even if you chose 'hardwood plywood', that generally means a paper-thin veneer of good looking wood over a core of cheap not-very-hard poplar. Zero tolerance for any sanding.

You would have to face-nail it, and live with that or countersink and fill holes. Cut top edges would splinter badly until finished. Hard to predict how it would take stain.
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Please consider engineered or laminate flooring instead.
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That is exactly what I was envisioning. I do not have furniture in the space, if I scratch it...I will live with it. It is a modern attic office storage space. I have knew walls with built in cabinets, so no need for floor furniture. The concern is having big gaps between planks. Otherwise I would keep it because it has character. The floor was previously insulated with cellulose (the attic was not roof insulated before) and the cellulose is coming out of the gaps. Plus there are missing board pieces and wood knots. How can I attach pictures to this?
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The problem with plywood is that thin top layer....and it's soft.

It won't take long for it to get damaged.....and then splinters in the feet.

The only time pine has been used with any success on floors is when it's solid lumber.

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