Originally Posted by C5c5
I was wondering what general practices I need to keep in mind when I replace my Class A flooring.
Currently it is wood and carpet with a plywood subfloor.
I want to completely replace it with plywood and apply a nice finish to it.
My questions so far:
1. What is the best way to obtain as seemless a look as possible between the laid plywood panels? A relative of mind has a stained plywood floor and I think it looks fantastic. The only thing I do not like is how you can see all the edges. Is it possible to get a seamless look, if so how?
2. What kind of things do I need to do overall for the plywood floor when installing to prevent breakage from twisting & torsion of the coach?
Is installing it as a floating floor recommended - yes or no? Advantages vs disadvantages?
3. How much insulation is best to install under it, and what kind?
4. Is a vapor barrier of some kind needed under the floor?
5. I am tossing around the idea of installing heated flooring elements under the plywood to keep the floor nice and warm during the winter. Is this a bad idea for plywood?
I might think of more questions as I explore this more!
Not trying to be difficult in any way but you did start this thread by asking what general practices to keep in mind when replacing class a flooring but your idea is a bit beyond the general practice and several folks have offered suggestions that are tried and proven.
Not exactly sure what you are looking for because in 1st post you mentioned a relatives floor being stained , later you mentioned painting your floor. As stated , you will not be able to have a seamless floor with plywood be it stained or painted. Although I am totally against the idea I am about to tell you , this will probably be the closest you will ever come to having a seamless wood floor stained or painted.There is a company that sells wood veneer in sheets as large as 4ft by 10 ft.
These sheets can be glued down and you could limit seems according to your floorplan , and the seems would be as minimal as your fitting skills permit .Also with gluing it down you you have no nails. The veneer is very thin and I have doubts as to how it will handle normal foot traffic and the time and effort to come close to a near seamless floor would be quite overwhelming I am afraid.
If you want to check it out, the company is Wisewood ,if you want find it, google large wood veneer. Sorry to end this with a somewhat negative statement but I think you will not be happy with a plywood floor in any application except for an ole hunting cabin or shop of some sort.