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Old 03-22-2012, 12:20 PM   #16
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Same situation here, unheated seasonal cottage in NW Pennsylvania. How did your laminate fare during the unusually mild winter?


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Old 03-22-2012, 05:18 PM   #17
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We were out in mid-Feb. and it looks 100%. Yeah!

We ended up using a 'floating' laminate by Dupont. It was called 'Multi-slate' and is carried by Home Depot. The foam backing is attached to the laminate so you don't need to install a sheet of foam separate from your laminate -- plus we were able to lay it directly on top of a plywood floor without adding a sub-floor. (we did use a bit of leveling compound in rough areas). Installing the flooring was a joy -- it was a great click system -- much better than the click system we had with our cork flooring in our basement here at home. The Dupont was incredibly easy to install.

You asked how it help up over a our 'mild' winter. The inside temperature at cabin was still below freezing all winter -- with periods down to -20 degrees and lower. Yes -- it was mild compared to last year where we saw a number of -30 and colder periods.

So - yes, we were pleased with the choice and wish you the best with your project.

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Old 03-23-2012, 09:07 AM   #18
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The Terraco has held up great with no issues. The Snapstone is going in this summer, so we shall see.
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Old 04-18-2012, 12:59 PM   #19
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practical advice from Northern Ontario

I have a 1920's lakeside cabin in Northern Ontario. We do not have heat in the winter nor A/C in the summer so the place experiences all sorts of weather and temp extremes.

The majority of the cabin has a stained wood floor and it's fine. We have had to replace some spongy boards near a front door that had suffered water damage at some point (it is close to 100 after all) but aside from that there is nothing special that needs doing. We have area rugs (wool persians, kilims and a pony hide) that we leave down all year, moving occasionally to sweep and mop. No problems yet.

The bathroom has a one piece vinyl floor that we are replacing this year with cork for esthetic purposes only. No problems with the vinyl flooring whatsoever.

The place used to have linoleum in the bedrooms which was removed to show the original wood floors. There was no problems with the linoleum in the heat and cold either, it was just ugly.

We have no insulation under the floor (perhaps we will spray some in this fall) the cottage is up on piers with the underside open to the out of doors. It's been like this since 1920. Cold in the winter and crazy hot in the humid heat of an Ontario Summer.

Hope that helps you out some with deciding on what to use in your own cabins. It's not such a big concern as everyone makes it out to be.
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:26 AM   #20
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We removed parquet flooring and installed laminate..the substrate was plywood, the cottage was only heated while we were there, so It was at the mercy of the winter cold

We are located in Haliburton Ontario, just south of Algonquin park. The laminate withstood the extreme temp. changes with no problems whatsoever !

In 2012 we had our 1950's cottage torn down, & had a new cottage built, we now use it every weekend, since it has a propane forced air furnace, drilled well vs lake water (seasonal) etc.

My question is this: This summer we will be installing hardwood flooring , species as of yet has not been decided upon, the furnace is set at 40 f while we are not there & 70 f when we are up. I'm wondering if any problems will arise with the 30 degree temperature fluctuation ? We also run a HRV. 24/7 so humidity will will be relatively stable, it is set at 40%.



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