New Zealand Home & Building, October-November 1985
If you have an affinity with wood but can't afford a timber floor then a very good solution to the dilemma is particle board. Particle board which is used for most structural flooring can be polyurethaned three, or preferably four times for a warm attractive and long-lasting finish. High traffic areas will need recoating after several years if they do not have a mat to protect them. If you are going to use particle board which is made up of wood flakes and bonding resins, then you will need to handle it with care during installation. The boards should be chosen page breakfrom one pack to ensure an even colour and care must be taken not to spill anything or leave rusty nails on the surface during construction or before clear finishing. Particle board is not ideal for wet areas if left uncovered in this way, as water will eventually penetrate it. Particle board sheets are extremely easy to install which also helps to cut the cost. The whole flooring area of an average house can be completed in just six hours.