T & G chipboard flooring....does it need glueing??

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  1. aspley

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    Hi guys..........does one need to glue the joints of T & G chipboard flooring. To be laid on 3x7 joists at 450 centres (excuse imperial and metric mix!!)

    To be honest, I never have but an old timer is telling me otherwise.

    Any input will be greatfully received
     
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    It helps prevent movement /squeaks but means more work to take them up in future, personally hate chipboard floors, far to weak.
     
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    no, it needs burning. It's an awful material. Ply is far better.
     
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    But they don't shrink and are a cheap solution!
     
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    They don't shrink but they do expand, when wet have the strength of a wet paper bag, and what other floor covering can you put a hole thru just by jumping on your bed.
     
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    Yea....know what you mean Foxhole....but.....like everthing in life price comes into it and you don't get a Rolls for the price of a Mini but both can be good value and both can do a job :confused:
     
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    When you lay your chip board floor, cut it so the joins are over a joist, if you can, and fix it with screws. 22mm board is better than 18mm if its possible to use it.
    John :)
     
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    any short joins not over a joist are best supported with noggins, or sometimes bearers screwed to the side of a joist if the join is adjacent.

    Chipboard really is awful stuff.
     
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    Personally, i never glue chipboard flooring down unless its in the spec.
    Used in loft conversions for instance, one is often required to take a little up for whatever reason, and it can be a nightmare if the glued tongue or top groove is damaged, to put it back down. Not to mention the time factor.

    FWIW, in the USA OSB is often used for sub-floor and sheathing - ply is vanishing from residential construction. Particle board ( chipboard ) is often used for underlayment except when 1/4" or 3/8" ply is specified.
     
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    As a matter of interest, there is a view that glueing chipboard edges causes swelling that "hardens in" like biscuits in eg. work top mitres, and, hence causes its own difficulties.
     
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    Thanks guys for your contributions..........just shows there aint no right or wrong
     
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