Standard plywood can be used for subfloors, but it is more common to use tongue-and-groove sheets that interlock along the edges. The recommended thickness of the plywood subfloor is governed by the spacing of the joists. The type of OSB used for subfloors generally is made with tongue-and-groove edges (T & G).
Can I use plywood as a finished flooring?
The best plywood for flooring depends on multiple factors such as the type of finished flooring, the size of the joists, the joists spacing and moisture levels. In my experience as a custom home builder, traditional plywood is the best for flooring followed by CDX and then OSB. A strong subfloor is a very important part of building a strong house.
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This of course begs the query “How to line a floor with plywood?”
Remove the carpetpaint and hang a larger window-like mirror (more on both of those steps here)paint the trimpaint the walls and ceilingreplace all of the outlets/light switches (more on all three of those steps here)stencil the floorsseal the floors and add some better storage solutions to the closet, and more items.
Often, the terms “subfloor” and “underlayment” are used interchangeably. It’s easy to find conflicting advice about underlayment, especially plywood underlayment. Types of plywood underlayment, or installing plywood underlayment are a couple additional things to keep in mind.
Can I use plywood for exterior siding?
Relatively inexpensive, plywood is a favored budget siding choice. Plywood for siding is not the type of exterior grade plywood you might use for sheds. Home-grade exterior plywood siding has a rough sawn, textured appearance, and its edges are ship-lapped to allow for a tight fit.
How to seal plywood for outdoor use?
How to seal plywood for outdoor use: Step by step guideline. Following are some steps taken during sealing of plywood: First, all sides of plywood are sanded by using sandpaper of 80-grit measurement. It is better to sand in back and forth motion and along the natural grain of the wood rather than across the natural grain.
How thick should OSB subfloor be?
The subfloors need to be thicker. For joist spacing of more than 16 inches up to 19.2 inches on center, the minimum thickness for both plywood and OSB is 3/4 inch. For joists spaced more than 19.2 inches on center, the minimum thickness for plywood is 7/8 inch and for OSB, 1 inch.