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Old 08-26-2013, 07:50 PM   #1
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Can i get some floor pics for ideas/options please

We have carpet that has to go..thinking wood or? Any pics wood be cool to compare ..thanks all
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We are redoing a '73 egg and replaced the floor. We have had a similar conversation about our floor. Wood would be nice but I am concerned about the weight. I think we have settled on paint.

I painted an old plywood sub-floor in place that we lived about 10 years ago. I painted the ugly Formica counter-top too. You can base coat with porch or floor paint and stop there or I did decorative painting and then about 5 coats of polyurethane. The counters have lost no paint and the floor is worn. It should have been recoated with clear coat to maintain the protection.
Just an idea..
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We are redoing a '73 egg and replaced the floor. We have had a similar conversation about our floor. Wood would be nice but I am concerned about the weight. I think we have settled on paint.

I painted an old plywood sub-floor in place that we lived about 10 years ago. I painted the ugly Formica counter-top too. You can base coat with porch or floor paint and stop there or I did decorative painting and then about 5 coats of polyurethane. The counters have lost no paint and the floor is worn. It should have been recoated with clear coat to maintain the protection.
Just an idea..
Great idea I have done this on a school floor where I painted and poly after and it has held up for years..just forgot about that option.thanx
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Wood would be nice but I am concerned about the weight.
For wood, a glue-down cork is not heavy at all. It also looks great, wears well, and is warm under foot.

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...Mine is replaced with heavy-duty, water-resistant laminate. One box covers 19 square feet, 36bucks at Cosco...
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We used a box of bamboo we had extra from another project. Then reused some of the carpet for under the dinette. I like the painting idea but there were too many protrusion in our floor.

From carting out the roll of carpet and in the box of bamboo I can tell you there is not a lot of difference in weight.

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Jason, was the bamboo a engineered flooring, or solid wood? Laminates are usually thinner and lighter. Looks great.
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Jason, was the bamboo a engineered flooring, or solid wood? Laminates are usually thinner and lighter. Looks great.
I laid Bamboo in my kitchen and love it but laminate ia a materail I will never use again after laying so many floors..any water gets under the laminate it will swell,split and lift.. Bamboo might be a good option but was thinking it would be too heavy ..
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....Recently, there are all kinds of water-resistant laminates out there. They are made from kind of plastic compound, tough and no water/moisture absorption...
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Jason, was the bamboo a engineered flooring, or solid wood? Laminates are usually thinner and lighter. Looks great.
It's bamboo all the way through. I assume this is what passes for solid wood, though it is laid like plywood. IE; the grain criss crosses in several layers. But no partial board or other backer materials.

We laid laminate in the rental. From that experience I will not get laminate again. It's real wood floors for me.

We had an off cut I forgot about on the porch. After a couple months in Florida down pours and hot sunny days the piece was still good (though a little discolored). On the other hand we learned the hard way you have to clean up spills quick on laminate.

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I laid Bamboo in my kitchen and love it but laminate ia a materail I will never use again after laying so many floors..any water gets under the laminate it will swell,split and lift.. Bamboo might be a good option but was thinking it would be too heavy ..
Very true, you would have to be quite diligent to ensure that water does not get under a laminate. It would not be easy to dry out. A few members have successfully used laminates, though I have not heard any long term reports.

This is why I went glue-down with the cork. I used 4 coats of polyurethane on in, ensuring a waterproof floor. I know a couple boaters that have used it in their cabins.
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It's bamboo all the way through. I assume this is what passes for solid wood, though it is laid like plywood. IE; the grain criss crosses in several layers. But no partial board or other backer materials.
Yeah, bamboo is made up of layers of wood, but like yours, is solid through. Some bamboo is used in an engineered flooring material, that uses a stable thin substrate for the strength of the product, just like laminates.

We have used a fair bit of engineered wood in some of the renovations we have done, with cork being a popular choice, especially in basements. I am not really a fan of the plastic laminates that are made to look like wood. I much prefer solid wood too, just not a good choice for in our trailers.
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Jim,
The look of the cork is beautiful. How thick is it? Does it dent or if a charp corner hit it would it tear? I have never seen a cork floor "in person" but imagine it would be comfortable to walk on.
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We used wood grained sheet vinyl flooring. Very durable and easy to clean. Hard to tell it is not real wood or laminate.

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I second Ian's method---I think it's the most sensible, easy care, camping friendly, attractive solution!
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