CaberDek flooring leads the pack
09/11/2016

While most new houses have concrete ground floor slabs, the vast majority of developers opt for timber suspended floors for first and second-storey levels; and the majority choose Norbord’s CaberDek.

CaberDek is one of Norbord’s flagship quality flooring products. It is made from the same moisture-resistant particleboard as the standard Caberfloor P5 but has a protective non-slip film applied to its upper surface.

In most new-build projects, the upper floors of a house will be installed before the roof goes on with the inevitable result that the new floor is left open to the elements for days or even weeks. CaberDek’s protective film prevents rain and frost damage to the new floor surface as well as providing a safe non-slip working surface for the construction team.

CaberDek can be left exposed like this for up to 42 days without risk of damage. Even after the building is weather-tight, the floor surface remains protected from following trades such as plastering and painting.

When work has finished, the protective film is simply peeled off to reveal a pristine floor ready for covering.

CaberDek comes in easy-to-handle 2400mm x 600mm panels produced in thicknesses of 18mm and 22mm. Suitable for fixing to traditional sawn timber or engineered-timber joists, including metal-web joists, it can be fixed with nails, screws or, for the best results, with Norbord’s own specially-formulated adhesives.

Many builders now employ the Caberfix Pro Kit, a powerful sealing and fixing system for installing CaberDek flooring. This system consists of Caberfix T&G adhesive, Caberfix Joint&Joist adhesive and Caberfix Tape. 

Caberfix T&G is specially formulated to produce strong bonds between adjacent panels along the tongue-and-groove joint. Caberfix Joint&Joist is a high-strength polymer adhesive which remains flexible after curing and is designed to fix a CaberDek floor to the supporting joists.

Replacing mechanical fixings, Caberfix Joint&Joist speeds up installation and produces a floor which is guaranteed free of squeaks and creaks. Its flexibility also contributes to noise attenuation, thus aiding in the floor’s conformity with Part E of the Building Regulations governing the passage of noise.

Caberfix Tape seals the joints to prevent moisture degrading the T&G adhesives. For floors which are likely to be exposed to the elements during freezing conditions, Norbord’s special Xtreme tape is recommended.