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Old 12-04-2013, 08:01 PM   #16
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Luan is crap or just about anything. It's the seal of certain disappointment for a flooring underlayment. If your budget is limited, why not do they plywood, seal it, and then DIY some type of snap together vinyl plank. You could do a little bit at a time and save all of the labor costs.
It's something to consider. I thought though that sheet vinyl would be less expensive.

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Old 12-04-2013, 08:19 PM   #17
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I just had my dinning room living room and hallway recarpted. I also had sheet vinyl laid in entryway. I asked lowes to stop by. 50 dollar and the guy was a dickhead. I then went to FCA completely different ballgame. Walked in on Saturday. Women showed up next day Sunday morning. Went with them 2800 dollars. The installers did a great job. Unfortunately i left when they were messing around with entry way so i didn't see how it was handled. But it turned out great. Took 3 guys 9-3:45pm. Bottom line . Don't go with Blowes. Go with a store which only does flooring. Sheetvinyl is an excellent choice for kitchen. Just don't cheap out.
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If you decide on a vinyl product you want to use it's easy enough to Google the manufacturer and product name to find the installation instructions. They will certainly tell you exactly what underlayment you are supposed to use. Never ever trust anything a clerk at Home Depot or Lowes tells you until you verify it on your own.
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In this "information age" do some research. Here is a 13 year old paper on underlayments, just Google "lauan"; http://bct.eco.umass.edu/publication...ient-flooring/

And the install; http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...KEftFQ&cad=rja

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From that article

"APA’s installation guidelines for 1/4-inch plywood should be followed when installing lauan plywood, but installers BEWARE: Lauan is made under a wall-panel specification of the International Hardwood Products Association (IHPA). No manufacturing specifications support its use or gauge its performance as an underlayment. - See more at: http://bct.eco.umass.edu/publications/by-title/wood-underlayments-for-resilient-flooring/#sthash.ef4wuIIW.dpuf"


And I can tell you as someone who has installed resilient flooring since the 70s, the luan you see today is far poorer quality than it was just a few years ago.
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And by the way, interflex vinyl is a discontinued product. It is no longer made because of all the problems.

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