Knowing the moisture content of your OSB sub-floor panel is an important indicator on whether to proceed with other stages of the build, especially if hardwood flooring is the next step. You need to know that using a moisture meter doesn’t give very accurate measurements with OSB or other glued products.
OSB structural wood panels can be installed over concrete slab floors for both commercial and residential applications. The panels can be installed directly onto the concrete slab, oversleepers which are installed onto the concrete slab or over rigid foam insulation.
OSB panels provide an excellent base for many types of finished flooring including ceramic tiles if careful attention to the construction and preparation of the subfloor is paid in order to avoid costly callbacks. Planning and patience along with these tips will help ensure that you install the quality of finished flooring you are looking for. Always follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions and/or the Tile Association’s recommendations.
Expansion and contraction of your flooring system is a given. Because they are manufactured from different materials or different kinds of the same material, your flooring and substrate will expand and contract at different rates. Expansion joints give your flooring the space it needs to expand without buckling or cracking.
Hardwood can make for a durable and beautiful floor, but small mistakes in the subflooring or installation can wreak havoc and buckling, squeaky, uneven floors can all result from poor installation. While this is not a definitive guide to hardwood installation over OSB panels, there are some important points to ponder.
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