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Old 07-28-2010, 02:41 PM   #1
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Changing flooring (from carpet to laminate or ??)

We are considering pulling out the carpet and linoleum from our MH. We have considered going with laminate from front to back to clean it up a bit.

I've heard there is also a type of flooring that is an adhesive square that looks like laminate, is much lighter weight and perhaps a little more rugged for camping.
Any ideas or experiences on this?
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Old 07-28-2010, 03:34 PM   #2
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If you have slideouts just make sure your's has the rollers that roll over the flooring not skids. Our's has the skids and we put in laminate flooring (not the thick variety). When the slide came in it scratched the new laminate. We have kept it and put a nice area rug over it when the slide is out, which we would have done anyway to protect the laminate. Also be aware that you need to bevel the front edge of the laminate where the slide out comes in and climbs over the coach floor.
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Another option is rubber flooring - http://www.karndeanusa.com/site/home.cfm
We have installed many new floors, both laminate & rubber (over 100 coaches) and when it came time to do my own it was an easy decision, rubber. Laminate is thicker and would’ve shorten upped the head room (less then a ½”, but a ½” is a ½”) and when a water leak happens it will buckle. Also installing lam takes a lot more labor hours making all the precise cuts around cabinets and other obstacles. The rubber comes in both tile & wood look, easy to install (cuts with a knife) glued down with a pressure sensitive adhesive, and if when something happens (scratch, cut, tear, burn, etc..) easily to replace individual pieces, unlike laminate.
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Another option is rubber flooring. The rubber comes in both tile & wood look, easy to install (cuts with a knife) glued down with a pressure sensitive adhesive, and if when something happens (scratch, cut, tear, burn, etc..) easily to replace individual pieces, unlike laminate.
An interesting product line. The web site says the flooring is premium vinyl (on recycled PVC). They also stress several times it is not a DIY product. The web site is not to helpful on getting relevant information as you are required to register to get more product or dealer information. However, it might be good in a RV environment. I am still waiting for some longer term owner reports on Allure flooring especially how the joints are adhering and any shrinkage.
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Old 07-28-2010, 08:09 PM   #5
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at the RV Rally this past weekend, one of the vendors talked about a product called "Dura Ceramic", it is suppose to be more flexibile than regular tile, and lower price.
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Old 07-28-2010, 08:26 PM   #6
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My MH has carpet under the furniture, sofa and dinette. Do you remove that carpet as well or leave it for sound dampining?
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Old 07-28-2010, 08:33 PM   #7
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I haven't read all of the post above, but an idea my pop told me about. It's like the tongue and grove square tiles but they are flexible, water resistance and you can cut to fit with scissor. He bought the flooring @ Home Depot. I'm not sure what it's call but it's highly recommended for kitchens and bath rooms. Something I plan to pot in my MH. Just a thought. It doesn't stick or glue down. It's a somewhat floating floor. However you need a good sub floor so your floor can not be soft or spongy...
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We installed laminate. I removed the sofa and removed the carpet but didn't install the new flooring where it didn't show so I would have some spare pieces in case ours did what Vegas Dan's did. We have rollers on our slide and so far, about 18 months, no problems. Here is a link to the in progress pictures. Floor Project - Windows Live we love the floor, much easier to keep clean and the rugs don't slide around like they did on the carpet.

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we installed allure laminate from home depot in dec 2009. it is holding up very well. the first time we retracted the slides, it scratched the allure in 8 places. to keep it from getting worse, we use 8 spare strips on the floor when we retract the slides. this is working very well for us.
i made a post in dec 09 with pictures of our installation. i suppose it is somewhere in the archives.
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Another option is rubber flooring - http://www.karndeanusa.com/site/home.cfm
We have installed many new floors, both laminate & rubber (over 100 coaches) and when it came time to do my own it was an easy decision, rubber. Laminate is thicker and would’ve shorten upped the head room (less then a ½”, but a ½” is a ½”) and when a water leak happens it will buckle. Also installing lam takes a lot more labor hours making all the precise cuts around cabinets and other obstacles. The rubber comes in both tile & wood look, easy to install (cuts with a knife) glued down with a pressure sensitive adhesive, and if when something happens (scratch, cut, tear, burn, etc..) easily to replace individual pieces, unlike laminate.

how much does this rubber flooring cost???????????
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I was considering the Allure flooring until I read the temperature limitations stated in the installation manual. 95 degrees max...our mh will reach temps of over 120 degrees while in storage.

Copied from the Allure Installation Manual:

Heat and cold resistant: allure
planks can be frozen without damage.
Our adhesive can get down to 15 degrees
Fahrenheit (or -10 degrees Celsius).You can
put allure in the freezer, I don’t know why
you would, but be our guest. allure can
take the heat and definitely can stay in the
kitchen — but if you let your home get over
95º F for an extended period of time, you
will damage the floor and melt the
adhesive — if you let your house stay over
95º F degrees for an extended period of
time, all your furniture might melt! That’s just
too darn hot.
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I think it is called floating vinyl plank flooring. I have it in my apartment. I have seen it at Home Depot also.
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WOW, that's a fantastic job! If your located on the east coast, give me your number...
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We just finished installing Allure. We took out the combination of tile and carpet, leaving the carpet in the drivers area and the carpet that was on the slide. It went very well. So far no slide scratching. We carefully examined that aspect before proceeding. Out coach doesn't have rollers. but the "bars" don't touch the flooring. They did leave a slight imprint on the old carpet, but the allure is thinner than that. The trickiest part is the floor to slide area. You must keep separation at that point or the slide will tear up what you just placed.
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