Should you glue tongue and groove subfloor?

Many manufacturers recommend applying a continuous ¼-inch-diameter glue bead to framing members and using a serpentine pattern for supports that are 3½ inches or wider. Apply two beads of glue to panel joint locations; a 1/8-inch glue bead applied at the tongue-and-groove joints can further improve floor performance.

Is tongue and groove plywood good for subfloor?

Tongue-and-groove plywood is superior to regular plywood for floor decks because it creates a stronger, more rigid subfloor, and helps eliminate sagging and “bounce” at the seams between the joists.

Which way do you lay plywood subfloor?

Install plywood underlayment smooth side up. To avoid damage to the surface, install underlayment immediately before laying the finish flooring.

Should I nail or screw plywood to subfloor?

For plywood, wood plank, or OSB subflooring, you can use either nails or screws to secure everything and attach it to the joists underneath. You don’t need to use either screws or nails on concrete subflooring because it is poured as a solid reinforced slab.

How far apart do you screw subfloor?

When installing subfloors, you will want to space the screws every 6-8 inches apart. This will ensure that the subfloors are stable and secure. It also means that no one screw is under too much pressure. The spacing of the screws may seem like a small and silly detail, but it is a surprisingly important one.

Which way does tongue and groove flooring go?

Traditionally the thicker side goes to the top to allow for a greater thickness to be worn away before reaching the tongues and grooves, this is of course from the days when floorboards were likely to be the finished surface.

How tight should tongue and groove be?

All it takes is 1⁄8″. The joint should be a firm press fit: If you have to knock the pieces together, then struggle to pull them apart, the joint’s too tight. A tongue that’s a hair too fat for the groove may actually seat, but it will stress the groove sidewalls and may, in time, prompt them to split.

How do you install tongue and groove flooring?

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How thick should plywood subfloor be?

The minimum thickness of plywood for subflooring is about 5/8 inch. Since it does not hold fasteners as well as plywood, OSB must be a little thicker, or at least 23/32 inch. There are several factors that determine what subfloor thickness is optimal for added benefits like insulation.

Do I need to glue plywood to subfloor?

The answer: Glue. Although using a subfloor adhesive (or subfloor glue) is not required by code, it is a standard practice that can help prevent floor squeaks by reducing the chance for movement at the panel-to-joist connection. A quality subfloor adhesive will also increase the overall stiffness of the floor.

Do you need two layers of subfloor?

The subfloor has to be attached to the joists, and two subfloor layers glued together or just nailed through to the joists, is no different than one thicker subfloor layer.

What screws should be used for subfloor?

There are two types of screws you can use when installing subflooring, steel screws and galvanized screws. Steel screws are most often used for interior subflooring. On the other hand, galvanized screws are most used for exterior flooring.

How do you secure plywood subfloor?

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What size screws 3/4 plywood subfloor?

The proper steel screw sizes for securing 3/4-inch plywood to the floor joists are #8, #10 and #12 screws. The number refers to the thickness of the screw. Each is available in lengths from 1 1/4 to 3 inches. Typically, the 3-inch variety is used to secure plywood subfloors.

Why do builders use nails instead of screws?

Nails are the fastener of choice when laying down hardwood floorboards because they’re not as likely to split the wood as screws and don’t mar the surface with screw heads. Nails also flex a bit more, to allow for the natural expansion and contraction of the wood, without loosening their grip.

What does the D mean in nails?


For historical reasons, nails are sold both by a number followed by d and (less confusingly) by length. The “d” stands for penny, so 8d refers to an 8-penny nail, 16d to a 16-penny nail and so on. It’s a way to indicate nail length, as you can see in the table below.

Can I use deck screws for subfloor?

If you’d like to try another kind of screw that isn’t specifically designed as compatible with subfloor projects, you could try using deck screws. Whatever you do, don’t use drywall screws for the subfloor.