BS 8201:2011 Code of practice for installation of flooring of wood and wood-based panels

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BS 8201:2011

Code of practice for installation of flooring of wood and wood-based panels

Status : Confirmed, Current   Published : October 2011



BS 8201:2011 Code of practice for installation of flooring of wood and wood-based panels

BS 8201 gives recommendations and guidance on the material, environment and installation variables that in combination have a fundamental effect on the achievement of satisfactory performance and serviceability of finished wood flooring.

The content of the document has been modified to reflect more appropriately wood and wood-based panels installed as finished flooring and, of necessity, as underlayment for finished wood flooring but not for subsequent installation of carpet or resilient flooring.

The installation and use of wood-based panels as primarily a load-bearing surface has been cross referenced to BS 8103-3.

The words “timber” and “wood” in this British Standard cover softwoods, hardwoods and wood-based panels, as appropriate in the context.

BS 8201 gives recommendations for laying the following types of flooring:

  • Board
  • Pre-assembled board
  • Strip
  • Mosaic
  • Overlay
  • Parquet
  • Block
  • End grain flooring
  • Multi-layer
  • Wood-based panels.

BS 8201 does not cover the protection afforded to a floor by floor coverings or surface finishes.

BS 8201 does not cover floors for temporary structures or floors intended for limited use. Different considerations might apply to these floors.

NOTE: For laminate flooring, see BS 8425.

Bamboo flooring is also not covered by this British Standard.

Contents for BS 8201:2011 includes:

Section 1: General

  • Introduction
  • Scope
  • Normative references
  • Terms and definitions
  • Performance factors
  • Care on site
  • Exchange of information
  • Time schedule

Section 2: Materials

  • Selection of flooring type
  • Selection of wood species
  • Selection of panel products
  • Basic recommendations

Section 3: Design and installation

  • Design and installation considerations

Section 4: Board and strip

  • General considerations
  • Work off site
  • Work on site
  • Inspection

Section 5: Blocks

  • Subfloor construction
  • Work off site
  • Work on site
  • Inspection

Section 6: Mosaic

  • Subfloor construction
  • Work off site
  • Work on site
  • Inspection

Section 7: Overlay and parquet

  • Construction
  • Work off site
  • Work on site
  • Inspection

Section 8: Flooring of wood-based panel products

  • General considerations
  • Care and conditioning of panel products
  • Work on site
  • Inspection

Section 9: Upkeep and maintenance

  • General
  • Routine maintenance
  • Maintenance of moisture content after installation


This British Standard supersedes BS 8201:1987, which is withdrawn.

Standard NumberBS 8201:2011
TitleCode of practice for installation of flooring of wood and wood-based panels
StatusConfirmed, Current
Publication Date31 October 2011
Confirm Date01 November 2016
Cross ReferencesBS 1187, BS 1202-1, BS 1210, BS 1297, BS 4050-2, BS 6100-8, BS 8103-3, BS 8204-1, BS 8204-4:2004, BS 8417:2011, BS EN 204, BS EN 300:2006, BS EN 301, BS EN 312:2003, BS EN 636:2003, BS EN 1313-2, BS EN 1991-1-1, NA to BS EN 1991-1-1, BS EN 1995-1-1, BS EN 13226, BS EN 13228, BS EN 13629, BS EN 13986, BS EN 14342:2005, BS EN 14904, DD CEN/TS 15676, BS 476-7, BS 476-12, BS 7976-2, BS 8204-7, BS 8425, BS EN 322, BS EN 622-2:2004, BS EN 13501, BS EN 13501-1, BS EN 13556, Building Regulations (England and Wales) 2000, Building Standards (Scotland) Regulations 2004, Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000, BS EN 13489, BS EN 14354
ReplacesBS 8201:1987
Draft Superseded By11/30209204 DC
DescriptorsWood, Floors, Hardwoods, Softwoods, Structural timber, Woodbased sheet materials, Construction materials, Floating floors, Floor beds, Industrial facilities, Panel flooring, Parquet panel flooring, Mosaic flooring, Board flooring, Plywood, Blockboards, Chipboards, Strips, Block flooring, Renovation, Moisture, Humidity, Performance, Floor coverings, Heavy-duty, Light-duty, Medium-duty, Chemical-resistant materials, Acid-resistant materials, Temperature distribution, Design, Temperature, Underfloor heating, Fixing, Preservation, Fungus proofing, Instructions for use, Inspection, Maintenance, Construction operations, Humidity measurement, Concretes
ISBN978 0 580 69012 9
File Size1.432 MB

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