Chipboard, plywood or softwood floor

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by Chris, May 18, 2006.

  1. Chris

    Chris Guest

    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!
    Chris, May 18, 2006
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    Rob graham Guest

    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
    Rob graham, May 18, 2006
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