Thursday, March 12, 2009

Installing laminate flooring in an RV

Many people are looking for an alternative to the factory installed carpet in their RV. Beautiful, durable and easy to clean, laminate flooring is a perfect option for most RVs. Most manufacturers offer both wood grain and tile patterns.

In an RV, with all of the flexing of the floor and the variation in temperature, the installation process is completely different than in your home. Sound barriers or padding are not used. The flooring should be glued down to the floor and together in the tongue and groove area. This prevents separating, and also stops moisture from penetrating. Using this installation method also makes it acceptable for use in both kitchens and bathrooms.

If your RV has slide outs that will be traveling over the laminate floor, you will want to consult the manufacturer or an experienced RV flooring installer to make sure the new floor wont be damaged. Many slide outs ride on top of a roller or nylon runner, which will work fine over a laminate installation.
For do it yourself installers, I would recommend purchasing an installation kit. These generally consist of a tapping block, and pulling bar. These two simple tools will assure a tight connection of all tongue and groove joints. Pre-planning the layout of the pattern is another important step. In the most visible areas you will want full pieces showing and even cuts on both sides.

Once the flooring is installed, matching trim (available from most manufacturers) will finish off all of the outside edges, around the stairs and transition to the remaining carpet.

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David Ast