Chipboard, plywood or softwood floor


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Chris

We are about to put in a new floor into our lounge and have decided to have
a wooden floor with carpet on top. The joists are all in good condition and
damp proofed though the sub floor is damp. I'm thinking of laying a flooring
grade chipboard floor (cos its a lot cheaper than other options) - grateful
for any experioence on problems and views on whether I should really go with
plywood or softwood. I'm told I'll have to acclimatise softwood - having no
floor to sit on for 2 weeks doesnt appeal!
 
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Rob graham

Chris said:
We are about to put in a new floor into our lounge and have decided to
have a wooden floor with carpet on top. The joists are all in good
condition and damp proofed though the sub floor is damp. I'm thinking of
laying a flooring grade chipboard floor (cos its a lot cheaper than other
options) - grateful for any experioence on problems and views on whether I
should really go with plywood or softwood. I'm told I'll have to
acclimatise softwood - having no floor to sit on for 2 weeks doesnt
appeal!
Flooring chipboard is tongued-and-grooved so would self-seal against
droughts and dirt. Softwood flooring would certainly need to be
acclimatised, although you wouldn't have to take up the old floor first,
until you were ready to lay. You would need flooring cramps to press each
piece hard against its neighbour. Plywood doesn't have tongue and groove so
you'd need to do this yourself.

All in all I would have thought flooring chipboard was the best, if you are
going to carpet over it.

Rob Graham
 

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