Wideboard vs Standard Profile Overlay


Wideboard Overlay why it differs to Standard Profile Wide Board Flooring 

When you look at a finished floor you will see one significant difference with Hurfords Wideboard Overlay flooring and that is the absence of top nail fixing. You see each product has been specifically manufactured with a different purpose in mind. So what exactly are the design differences?

Why do Hurfords manufacture both profiles?

Standard profile wide boards are generally manufactured in longer lengths more suited to installation over joists and where some bow and spring can easily be removed.

Wideboard Overlay has been specifically straightened and is manufactured to shorter lengths to provide a straighter board with less bow and less spring, particularly suited to overlay installation. In fact all aspects of manufacture - sawing, drying, post drying and machining have all been modified to produce this product.

Standard profile wide boards due to their extra thickness are more prone to some cupping and movement at manufacture.

Wideboard Overlay with its more precise manufacturing processes provides a product that is less prone cupping and movement at manufacture.

Standard profile wide board has a central tongue and groove.

Wideboard Overlay has the tongue and groove machined off centre to provide the same wear thickness as standard profile wide boards.

What are these floors designed to be fixed to?

Standard profile wide boards are manufactured for fixing to joists or 35 mm thick kiln dried battens.

Wideboard Overlay is designed for direct fixing to plywood and particleboard.

What fixing methods are appropriate to each profile?

Standard profile wide boards are designed to be top (face) nail fixed.

Wideboard Overlay is designed to be secretly fixed with adhesive and mechanical fixings.

When height is important.

Standard profile wide board floors when fixed as recommended to battens over a slab have a finished height of 54 mm.

Wideboard Overlay floors on plywood over a slab have a finished height of 29 mm.

So don’t put a square peg in round hole.

Use standard profile wide boards for top nailing to joists, the purpose for which they have been designed ..... and ..... when fixing over plywood and particleboard sub-floors, be sure to use Hurfords Wideboard Overlay. And don’t forget that they key to this product lies in the way it has been manufactured.