Plywood underlayment is a layer of material installed underneath a finished resilient floor. The term plywood underlayment is not interchangeable with the term subfloor. The subfloor is the structural plywood that is used during construction. It is usually a composite product such as OSB that is manufactured for its strength and engineered structural qualities, consisting typically of lauan or birch. Plywood underlayment is the layer of plywood that is fastened over the structural subfloor. It creates a uniform, smooth surface for resilient flooring, vinyl tile, ceramic tile, carpet, engineered flooring, and wood floors. If your structural subfloor is not sound, then you should repair or replace it prior to installing your plywood underlayment.
Patriot Timber Products offers two premium, warranted plywood underlayments: SurePly® Premium Underlayment and IronPly® Premium Underlayment. Both of these plywood underlayments were engineered to specifically provide durability and ease of use.
The old standard for resilient vinyl flooring was lauan plywood (commonly referred to as luan) or Meranti plywood. Lauan and Meranti are no longer the standard since better, sustainable alternatives are now available. There are a lot of plywood underlayments on the market which leads you to the question, what makes one plywood underlayment superior to another plywood underlayment? When making a choice, consider the following key elements:
Patriot Timber Products offers two warranted plywood underlayment options. The first is SurePly® Premium Underlayment. SurePly® Premium Underlayment is backed by our Lifetime Warranty for residential and nonrated commercial applications. The "x" stencil pattern on the face of the underlayment panel provides the installer or homeowner with a guide for fastener attachment. SurePly® Premium Underlayment is approved by both the major vinyl manufacturers and the TCNA (extra heavy rating) for use under ceramic tile. Each plywood underlayment panel goes through a five-point inspection process. No special tools are required for SurePly® Premium Underlayment installations. We provide online support along with a step-by-step installation video. We can also be reached at 1-877-787-3759 should you have plywood underlayment installation-related questions. You can also find our SurePly® Premium Underlayment Installation Guide and Installation Video at www.SurePly.com.
The second option that Patriot Timber Products offers is IronPly® Premium Underlayment. IronPly® Premium Underlayment is backed by our Lifetime Warranty for residential applications. This plywood underlayment panel also has the "x" stencil pattern on the face for ease of installation. IronPly® Premium Underlayment goes through the same five-point inspection process as the SurePly® Premium Underlayment, but is offered at a lower price point, giving customers more options in the plywood underlayment marketplace.
Patriot Timber Products also offers a third plywood underlayment alternative, RevolutionPly® plywood. This panel is an economically priced lauan (luan) and meranti plywood substitute. RevolutionPly® plywood, like SurePly® Premium Underlayment and IronPly® Premium Underlayment, is a Green panel. You can learn more about RevolutionPly® at www.RevolutionPly.com. Here you will find our product installation guide along with our product video. You can use all three plywood underlayment panels with confidence knowing that they are manufactured without the use of tropical hardwoods and are manufactured using 100% plantation and sustainable wood sources.
Patriot Timber Products is proud to announce the creation and launch of our SurePly® Installation Video, the latest addition to our SurePly® Premium Underlayment product support. We also provide plywood underlayment installation guides for all three plywood underlayment panels. The step-by-step installation guides in PDF format for SurePly® Premium Underlayment, IronPly® Premium Underlayment and RevolutionPly® plywood can be found at www.SurePly.com, www.IronPly.com and www.RevolutionPly.com or by calling 1-877-787-3759.