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Old 04-10-2009, 01:48 PM   #1
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I have a 31 Y/O house that needs new floors everywhwre but the bathrooms. I am planning on putting in 5/8 bamboo and ceramic, about half and half 800/700 feet. The underflooring is 5/8 tongue and groove and 5/8 particle board. I know the particleboard has to get replaced with plywood or OSB which will add to the expense considerably.

Are there any other flooring options that could go over the particleboard, and still be a high quality, long lasting floor?

Regardless of what gets used in the end, I am going to do it myself.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!!!

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Old 04-11-2009, 06:37 AM   #2
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I would get rid of the particle board, regardless of your final choice. That stuff has no good use as an underlayment, it adds no strength and is only a spacer. Ceramic tile require a VERY rigid floor, min 1 1/4", which it sound like you will have. If the floor is not rigid, you will have cracking grout and tiles. Use duroc or hardibacker as your final underlayment for tile.

Sounds like you have a plan, good luck.

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I'm just looking for options, on what would be OK to go over the particleboard.

The particleboard worked fine under carpet for the last 31 years, but I dont want to reinstall carpet, I like the looks of hardwood.

No suggestions?
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A floating engineered hardwood like Bruce Lock And Fold or a laminate floor could be used
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Axhammer,

You are "shopping" for the "wrong" answer that you would like to hear.

Yes, anything that be loose-laid should work. And because you're doing it yourself, no one will stop you.

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Axhammer,

You are "shopping" for the "wrong" answer that you would like to hear.

Yes, anything that be loose-laid should work. And because you're doing it yourself, no one will stop you.

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I'm not shopping for any particular answer, its a straight forward question.

All I'm doing is looking for options.

Right now, the options I'm aware of are;

1. Carpet
2. Vinyl
3. A floating engineered hardwood like Bruce Lock And Fold
4. A laminate floor
5. Remove particleboard, install OSB or plywood, install real hardwood (and ceramic tile, if the structure can support ceramic, which I am still investigating)

Are there any high quality, long lasting flooring options that could go over particleboard?

Thanks for any help and suggestions!!!
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Not the best subfloor, but if the house is dry and no moisture from below, it'll work ok for bamboo. The cremic is a different story and definitely needs a better subfloor.

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