Hardwood subfloor thickness?

KarensebJanuary 31, 2014

We are having a white oak site finished floor installed in a previously carpeted upstairs room where we would like to put a pool table. We have discovered the sub floor has particleboard over a 5/8 inch plywood sub floor. The floor joists are 2by10 16 inch OC. We would like a solid floor and the installer suggested waiting till the particle board comes up before deciding if the plywood is good enough for the installation. I hate to increase the height of the floor by adding a half inch of plywood on top, but wonder if we should just go ahead and do it even if the sub floor seems okay. Or will the 5/8 inch sub floor be good enough?

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The weight and size of the table would be an extremely interesting piece of information to include.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2014 at 10:32PM
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Pool tables weigh up to 1,000 lbs. But also consider the four or five guys milling around the table. (The average American is overweight to begin with.) A thousand pounds of beef on the move will keep the floor flexing, thus affecting the balance of the table.

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    Bookmark   February 1, 2014 at 12:39AM
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The installer and my husband have decided to put down an extra 3/8 in of plywood on top of the 5/8. It is an over 8 1/2 foot sized pool table built 10 years ago. (on the heavier side pool table with 3 pieces of thick slate). Built like a tank.
Hopefully 3/8 in of extra plywood will do the trick.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2014 at 12:11PM
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If you want to preserve every fraction of an inch of headroom, use engineered 3/8" ceramic underlayment plywood. It has more layers of wood and glue than standard plywood and is stiffer. Otherwise, standard 3/8" will not do much. I once used it instead of 5/8" and eventually all the grout lines cracked.

FWIW, where I install tile or stone on 2"x10" @16" o.c. framing I have two layers of 5/8" or 3/4" plywood subfloor

    Bookmark   February 1, 2014 at 3:39PM
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