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Engineered wood floor for shed outer wall?

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by GettingOnWithItAll, 20 Mar 2019.

  1. GettingOnWithItAll

    GettingOnWithItAll

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    I have inherited a job lot of oak engineered flooring.

    I intend to use it for the floor and inner wall of an insulated shed/summerhouse, for which I’m confident it will be fine.

    I will, though, have some left over and wondered if it will be ok used as an outer wall, either fixed to battens or plywood/OSB. I’d treat it with appropriate weather protectant and seal the ends with an overlapping board.

    I’m motivated more a desire to recycle than by saving money from not buying oak feather edge or boards that I’d be otherwise using.

    I think it will be ok. Does anyone have any experience, knowledge or advice?
     
  2. blup

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    You could try it, but external cladding is usually designed to expand and contract, and throw off water.

    Engineered flooring might not meet the tolerances required for effective external cladding.

    Bear in mind the top veneer is a thin strip of hardwood glued (probably with an interior quality glue) to pine or similar softwood, again they work fine inside but might "move" relative to each other in outdoor conditions.

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