I’m installing Mohawk vinyl plank flooring in a 1950s built house kitchen – I took the flooring down to the subfloor & want to “build” it up to match the connecting hallway. The vinyl plank is 1/4 inch and the hallway finish floor is 3/4 oak strip. Any thoughts on what 1/2 inch material to use to build it up to match? B/C plywood, particle board, MDF? It’s a small kitchen so I only need 4-5 sheets of material.
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Definitively not mdf or particle board. Plywood should be fine, b-c seems a bit extravagant unless the vinyl strip is really sensitive...
I've done a fair amount of laminate but this is my first install w/vinyl and... it's a home kitchen remodel - our home, so I'd better get it right
I did see some good looking c/d 1/2 in sheathing at a big box so that's possible. I'm also going to check with a couple of my local lumber supply shops to see what they have.
My big concern is telegraphing any defects in the flooring to the vinyl - it comes w/an attached underlayment but I'm not sure how "tough" it is.
thanks for the help
use the B/C with "B" side up
Can you expand more on the B/C with the B side up
OK, put the "C" side down, so it's not exposed, leaving the "B" exposed to install the finish floor on.
What other concerns do you have?
plywood is available in different "grades" - basically how smooth the finished surface is - I've been doing some checking and there is a underlayment (ul) grade plywood - c grade plywood with a sanded smooth finish w/any defects filled and sanded smooth. I'm trying to go that way, however, it seems like the product is unavailable in my area. the UL sheet is about $37/sheet, B/C grade is $43 - since the b/c is available and I only need 4 sheets, the b/c "wins"
went w/b/c, however, now I need to go back & prove they charged me for 3/4 when I bought 1/2 - about a $40 difference - they had problems @checkout & I was in a hurry