Extraordinarily versatile and understated by many, T&G chipboard flooring is among the most commonly used sheet materials across the globe. It provides convenient and affordable solutions for diverse building and DIY needs. But what is chipboard exactly, and what can you use it for when building?
Chipboard—What Is It?
Sometimes referred to as Low-Density Fibreboard or Particle Board, a chipboard is created by combining tiny wood particles using epoxy resin. The resultant mixture then gets pressed together in deep pressure and heat to create a rigid board that typically features a smooth surface.
The Low-Density Fibreboard comes in varying densities meant to satisfy varying needs and uses. Standard densities are low, medium, and high-density chipboards. Low-density chipboards are not only soft but also reasonably pliable. On the other hand, high-density chipboards are more rigid and intended for heavy-duty applications.
Using T&G chipboard flooring as a sheet material comes with numerous advantages and disadvantages. Some of its benefits include the versatility they offer and their cost-efficiency. The downside to this flooring mainly applies to untreated chipboard which is porous and, therefore, quickly soaks up water.
It’s something that applies to all chipboard grades regardless of their density levels. Thus, it’s always best to ensure untreated chipboard remains dry. Try to treat as soon as possible to prevent it from absorbing water and swelling, as the two will make the chipboard useless. The good news is that it doesn’t take much to treat a chipboard.
You only need to use water-resistant veneers, coat it with melamine, and then finish off with a varnish coating to make it stronger.
The density of the chipboard gets to determine how it’s used. Typically, chipboards are used for all sorts of decorating and interior building projects. As such, it’s not feasible to use them outside. Chipboards having high-density grades are often used for different things such as:
- Building insulation
- Kitchen worktops (applicable to chipboards coated with melamine)
- Flatpack furniture (if it’s covered with veneer)
- Primary structures of the cabinets found in the kitchen
- Flooring as well as flooring insulation
Lower density or the softer chipboards are mainly used for:
- Inner elements of furniture, e.g., wardrobe backs and drawer bottoms
- Sound absorption and deadening, e.g., flooring, music venue walls, and speakers
- Interior home accents such as mouldings and trims around doors and windows
If chipboard sounds like a material you would like to use on your next construction project, then it’s high time that you learnt how to go about cutting and preparing it. Also, make sure to catch up on how to paint it to help make it versatile.
Benefits of Choosing Theo’s Timber Ltd
Theos Timber Ltd not only prides itself in its broad range of services, but it’s also one of very few companies supplying chipboard and timber supplies to Manchester. Our delivery services also cover the greater North West, UK. Experience and reliability are its strong suit!