Chipboard Flooring

Monday May 10, 2010
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Chipboard or particle board is a sub–flooring made from a mixture of coarse sawdust and resin. The mixture is subjected to intense heat and formed into large sheets under pressure. High density chipboard when used as a sub–floor is relatively inexpensive yet offers a heavy duty performance. It is available in different thicknesses each thickness individually color coded.

Only high density chipboard is suitable for sub–flooring because it is not so porous and is to a large extent water-resistant. When chipboard becomes damp it breaks down easily.

Chipboard flooring is sold in sheets that connect together using a tongue and groove connection. The finished sub–floor is held down with nails or screws and is never glued down. One disadvantage in chipboard flooring is it can have a tendency to squeak or creak within weeks of installation. Another is that loose boards offer an almost bouncy feeling when walked on. These problems are largely eliminated in a good installation when the flooring sheets are tightly compacted.

High–density chipboard flooring can be used as a sub–floor for almost all types of floor coverings including stone, wood, carpet and ceramic tile. Flame–retardant chipboard sheets are available to conform to certain local laws. They are also manufactured in varieties that are mold and termite–resistant.

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