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Old 05-22-2014, 01:32 PM   #1
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Do I need to lay down Luan if laying laminate wood?

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I have heard by many, different opinions. I am going to be laying a laminate wood floor (8mm with 2mm pad already on the boards) in my kitchen. I was originally told you need to lay down luan(am I spelling that right?) first. Now Im being told I dont have to.
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Old 05-22-2014, 01:39 PM   #2
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What is the subfloor made of already?
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All laminate needs is a flat smooth surface to go over.
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luan board is not proper flooring underlayment.

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If the subfloor is OSB, Plywood, or even SMOOTH PROPERLY FINISHED concrete, you do not need luan. However, if going over concrete you must first assess moisture content, then from there you can decide if laminate is a good choice for the flooring. Also install a vapor barrier. Now as far as ATTACHED underlayment goes, its usually a cheaply made padding, and often times people choose to lay down an additional underlaymant. It helps to keep the floor from sounding "hollow" and also improves the sound dampening. Ive seen in many homes, after ripping up carpet, vinyl etc, they already had Luan on top of the existing OSB or plywood. So the short answer is NO you as a rule do NOT need to lay down Luan.
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