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Old 05-07-2015, 09:18 PM   #1
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Laminate or premium quality linoleum

Getting ready to have the flooring replaced. Can't decide between laminate and linoleum. I've been told laminate is easier to install but heavier than linoleum but also moisture resistant. Installed laminate in two houses before but my back can't take anymore. So I'm getting a shop to do the work. One shop said that if I chose laminate i'd have to have rollers installed under the slide(s) to prevent damage. It rides across the carpet now.
Any advice is greatly appreciated if you had either one installed.

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Old 05-08-2015, 11:59 AM   #2
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If you have a problem it is a lot easier to get the laminate up then the linoleum

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Old 05-08-2015, 12:28 PM   #3
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how about vinyl that looks like wood?
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We used the premium vinyl tile in 12" squares, laid in diamond pattern! We love it!
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Old 05-08-2015, 07:19 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by edsperfect View Post
If you have a problem it is a lot easier to get the laminate up then the linoleum
I just removed water damaged laminate and replaced it with vinyl. No glue required. Just cut and lay in. Flooring dealer said the new vinyl will not move and the only place they use glue is under a fridge or stove.

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Old 05-08-2015, 09:24 PM   #6
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We installed sheet vinyl. Love it, best thing we have done to our coach. Search my user name for thread with pictures and details.
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There is new vinyl tiles now that emulate stone or many other organic finishes. They are available in heavy commercial grade, large tiles about 2' x 3'. Saw some great looking stuff at our local Costco.
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A good grade of vinyl is an excellent choice, what they call "luxury vinyl". It comes in sheet, tile or plank form. I just put wide vinyl plank in a bathroom at home and it is gorgeous. Allure Ultra at about $2.79 sqft.

The more expensive vinyl plank is thicker and has tongue & groove "click lock" edges, whereas the cheaper grade has overlapping glue strips. Tile usually has no interlock, and of course sheet needs none.

No laminate is moisture proof - that's its single largest drawback. The backing board is vulnerable to water and humidity. The better grades do ok in the damp if on a raised floor (like an RV), but maybe not the best choice if the RV sits for long periods in high temp or humidity. Vinyl is unaffected by moisture.
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There is one caveat I'd like to mention. We bought a fixer upper and the last thing to do was the flooring. We bought some fairly expensive self stick tiles. We installed them on one of our hottest days. I spent a lot of time trimming around niches and crannies, it had arrows on back to keep everything in the same grain. It looked great all summer. That fall the temperature dipped below freezing for a week. We were going to use it for Thanksgiving-every tile in there had a minimum 1/8'' to 3//16'' gap. Just something else to consider.

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