06:50PM | 08/02/02
Member Since: 08/01/02
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My contractor just phoned me and said he was going to use a new product called Edgegold instead of the agreed 5/8 plywood for my second story addition sub-flooring. He said it would be better because it had a bevel in the t&g. He also said it would be less expensive for me.

I am skeptical. I don't care too much about the lower cost aspect - I just want the better product. Does anyone know anything about "Edgegold"? It sounds like plain old aspenite. Any advice would be appreciated.



02:31PM | 08/03/02
If quality is you main concern stick with the plywood. Be sure to use plywood that has no voids or sub floor grade. I don’t care much for the Edgegold myself. I never was a big fan of aspenite, particleboard, or any other underlayment that is made from small “chips” of wood glued together. The full-length full grain layers of wood in plywood make for a stronger product that will hold up better.



03:27PM | 08/03/02
Member Since: 08/01/02
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Thanks Glenn. I checked around the Net and read that it will swell if it gets wet - a concern for my with small children and a planned bathroom on the second floor. I also read that flooring nails can "ride up" over time. The last thing I want is trouble.

Most of the benefits cited have centred on wood yield for the manufacturer (not really my concern) and environmental factors like the ability to get the raw material from smaller (read: not old growth) trees.

I spoke with my framer today and told him to go with the ply. He said because he didn't know a lot about Edgegold he would like to get the information I've gathered, which I thought was pretty good for him to say.


02:47PM | 08/04/02
Swelling when it gets wet is one of the major drawbacks with any wood-chip & glue sheathing. Once it gets wet it also becomes structurally weaker. Once the wood has gotten wet and swollen it will not return to its original size/shape when it dries. This results in a product that is not as dense at it once was and thus not as strong.


[This message has been edited by GlennG (edited August 04, 2002).]



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