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Old 02-03-2014, 08:18 PM   #1
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Cork flooring

This my first post as a member and I am considering removing carpet from my Winnebago Vectra 40 KD and I would like to know if anybody has any experience of fitting a floating cork floor in their rig and how successful it has been.
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Cork is comfortable to walk on, warm on the feet, soaks up sound and kind to dishes and glasses if you drop them. On the negative side it will sun fade easily. With that said I only have experience with it in the house. I have thought about using it in my coach but someone would have to offer me a fantastic UV protection warranty for a lot of years so I'm not replacing the floor in 5 years.

Just my 2 cents. Happy to hear other comments if fading has been overcome.
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Old 02-04-2014, 04:25 AM   #4
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Welcome to IRV2. Cork flooring is also good for personal gyms/fitness studios. But I don't think that would be a primary consideration in a coach. Hopefully someone will have an answer. Many seem to have good luck with luxury vinyl tiles (Ie Allure/Armstrong) and Engineered wood floors for example.

Good luck with your solution with whatever you determine to be your best/more feasible route. Or you could just keep your current flooring and keep wishing for new floors
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all the coaches I have been involved with have tinted windows. I f you want cork, go for it. UV issues would be of no concern. Would probably have same characteristics as cherry wood
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Hi and Welcome to IRV2! We're glad you joined the gang!

Ernie Ekberg is our resident floor expert. He won't steer you wrong!

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We had an experience with cork flooring in a kitchen. A substantial amount of water was spilled on the floor, and when discovered, was mopped up. However, the next morning, enough water had soaked through the cork flooring to saturate and damage the sub floor beneath it. It required complete removal of the cork floor and the entire sub floor.

So we decided to use a floor in the kitchen that would not leak water through it.

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Cork it's self is water proof. Ask a wine bottle. It's The sawdust and glue ( green layer) in between the layers of cork that are prone to water damage. I would not use any material that has cracks between the pieces that could allow water to penetrate.
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Hi, I installed cork on my boat several years back, We recovered the swim platform 18' wide by 6'. We also did the rear cockpit area 18' x 10'. Best thing we ever did. We were about to cover the entire deck walks, bow and flybridge area but we decided to sell the boat. We had the cork for about 3 years never a problem, didn't fade or come apart and it was in direct sunlight all the time.

But!!!! this was not ordinary cork. This was a cork designed for marine use and exposure to sunlight. The cork is compounded with a rubber mixture of about 70% cork and 30% rubber and a special marine varnished is applies in three coats.
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Cork it's self is water proof. Ask a wine bottle. It's The sawdust and glue ( green layer) in between the layers of cork that are prone to water damage. I would not use any material that has cracks between the pieces that could allow water to penetrate.
what happens with solid sheet vinyl if you have a water leak behind your cabinets- YUP- water migrates under the vinyl.
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This my first post as a member and I am considering removing carpet from my Winnebago Vectra 40 KD and I would like to know if anybody has any experience of fitting a floating cork floor in their rig and how successful it has been.
Curious if you went ahead with this project?? I am considering the same and looking for real world experience in an RV.

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