Floor board material - Is plywood the right way to go?

13 Jul 2005
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I need to fit a new floor onto existing floor joists. T & G chipboard seems to be fitted quite commonly nowdays so I am considering this. However, I was wondering if its acceptable to put down 18mm plywood instead? I have had issues with T&G boarding in the past - difficult to get access under the floor once its fitted and its just not got the strength of a nice piece of plywood.

Any comments?
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As long as all joints are supported, screw every 200mm, no probs.
Thanks for replies.

Not sure exactly which flavor of ply to go with. It's not a wet area so I wont need WBP which I now think is called grade 3 ply? I definately won't be using shuttering ply though - nasty stuff.
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We always bump down 18mm T&G pine floorboards. The advantage of these is you can remove them piecemeal should the need arise and they don't squeak.
Bump down - I`m sure you clamp them and nail properly ;)

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