What is hardboard?
Hardboard is a sheet product, usually 3mm thick, composed of pressed and glued wood fibres. For flooring this was used to cover a wooden subfloor prior to installing a new floor covering, although it is often not recommended these days.
I’ve used hardboard before, why can’t I use it now?
The honest answer is you could, depending on the condition of the subfloor, use hardboard without any concerns. The risk however that if the hardboarding fails, most flooring manufacturers would not accept any fault to their product as the British Standards were not followed.
What about concrete subfloors?
We have only mentioned wooden subfloors in this article as these solutions are not relevant to concrete subfloors. Look for a future article on Smoothing Compounds that will explain this.
What do you recommend?
At Grimley Flooring we always carry out a survey of the subfloor as part of any in-home consultation and can recommend the appropriate way forward for the flooring being installed. Our advice is always to conform to the manufacture guidelines for installing their products and to follow British Standards. By doing so you greatly reduce the risk of anything going wrong in the future, as well as ensuring faults are correctly identified and rectified.