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‘The thinner alternative to BS 8203 compliant plywood’

LION Floor is described as the sustainable and cost-effective alternative to British Standard compliant plywood. At 4.8mm thick, it’s also the thinner alternative, says the company.

While British Standard BS 8203 for the installation of resilient floorcoverings stipulates that a 6mm plywood can be used, British Standards and the Contract Flooring Association (CFA) says the thickness of engineered fibreboard can be reduced to just 4.8mm.

So, anytime you’re looking for LION Floor to replace a BS 8203 6mm compliant plywood, ensure you choose the 4.8mm option, says the company.

It continues: ‘Thanks to LION Floor’s high-grade construction that’s denser and more rigid than plywood, similar strength can be achieved with a 1.2mm thinner board. Helping minimise floor height, this makes LION Floor ideal for refurbishment projects where floor to ceiling height or keeping floor levels consistent is crucial. In fact, anywhere that needs a strong, stable and reliable subfloor can benefit from LION Floor’s strength.’

The company adds: ‘LION Floor also eliminates the risk of core gaps and overlaps found in plywood for a more reliable and less troublesome surface and as it is pre-conditioned during manufacture, it needs no wetting and is just as easy to install. Fixed with screws or rink shank nails and suitable for screeds and feather compounds, there’s no longer a reason to choose BS 8203 compliant plywood.’

Peter Jones, Finnish Fibreboard (UK) Ltd, says: ‘LION Floor is manufactured in Finland as a high-quality alternative to plywood and with its dense and rigid construction we’re able to make it thinner than the equivalent plywood without compromising integrity. It’s just one more advantage of opting for LION Floor for all your resilient floorcovering installations.’

As well as being a high-grade alternative, LION Floor is reportedly made from highly sustainable materials, recovered locally from managed forests and by-products of the timber processing industries. ‘Most of the energy required by manufacture is also produced with biofuel and modern evaporation technology is used to treat production wastewater, reducing the footprint of production.
Combined with no added formaldehyde, LION Floor comes with M1 and PEFC certification and can be easily and safely reused or recycled.’

The company concludes: ‘LION Floor is also available in 6mm thick to replace thicker plywood and comes in various sheet sizes depending on requirements. The perfect all-round solution to installation boards, LION Floor is the first hardboard panel to be designed and manufactured specifically for the flooring industry. It’s also one of a very small number of fabricated underlays which can be used for LVT and other resilient floor coverings that meets British Standards and CFA guidance.’

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