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Nothing Hard About The Hardboard

Advice that a London flooring expert gave recently is to go for hardboard instead of on the cheap plywood which is being offered. Hardboard is usually underrated, considered to be an overlayment material for use on old flooring. However, plywood, unless a good one which means an expensive one is used, can cause you a lot of problems and give you a hard time. Now, let’s focus on this really good product that is here for centuries – the good old hardboard. It was developed in 19th century, finding its way out of the paper industry. It is made of wood fibres so it a type of fibreboard. London flooring experts say that hardboard is one of a range of ‘wet process’ fibreboards that also include ‘softboard’ and ‘medium board’.

  • How are these boards manufactured? A London flooring company explained that they are made by laying down a mattress of wood fibres that are put in a wet ‘liquor’. After that, they are squeezed out in a huge press. The whole process of making a highly-compressed board includes heating, setting and drying out of the material. Because of the environmentally-friendly way of manufacturing these boards, no hazardous chemicals or glue are released. This is why London flooring professionals say that these products are promoted as natural. As you can see the whole process is relatively easy and there is only one possible complication that includes addition of hot oils to some types of board. They are known as ‘oil-tempered hardboards. They can be used in wet conditions.
  • London flooring contractors point out that for a simple purpose of overlaying a London flooring, a standard hardboard can do a good job. The thing that you should figure is whether you have to condition it before you install it. Don`t think that this is a complex process – it is actually scrubbing some clean water into the back of each sheet (by the back we mean the non-shiny surface). After that, you should leave it for some time so it can expand a bit before nailing it down. When the hardboard dries, it will shrink and stay flat on surface. London flooring specialists warn that this simple process must not be neglected – if you fail to perform it, the atmospheric moisture will expand the hardboard and wrinkle it up.
  • Nowadays, with the development of the flooring industry, this step is no longer needed as they got it covered for you. London flooring experts point out that you can buy a ‘pre-conditioned’ hardboard which will fit perfectly over an old flooring.

To conclude, let’s check the advantages of hardboard. It is inexpensive, if provides tight fine surface and, last but not least, it won`t transmit blemishes to the floorcovering you are laying down. It is an environmentally-friendly solution that you should consider.

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