Questions about and Use of Laminate Flooring
Im in the process of repairing some "Hurricane IKE" damage to my double-wide mobile home, and have a few questions. As you may know, the exposed 'center joint' running the length of the house (60') where the 2 parts of the house (front and back) are joined together, are covered by carpet. Im wanting to use laminate flooring instead of carpet. The house floors are 3/4" plywood, water treated....NOT 'particle board'. Floor joist are 2X8 on 16" centers. When I remove the carpet, I will reinforce the plywood and joints with screws.
The house experience showed that you can not get laminate wet - at least not water sitting on a joint for a few hours. We had a spill we did not notice. The joint did swell and distort. Much like a laminate countertop when water gets in the joint and affects the particle board.
At the cottage I have a ceramic tile pattern ( Shaw laminate) in the kitchen and entrance. I put down a plywood underlay over the sub floor before laying the laminate. It has worked very well.
I would recommend an underlay.
Ask for a written warranty on what you buy, and read and understand it all.
I install laminate for a living.
I do my share of mobile homes.
It holds up good from what I have seen.
Laminate tile works good in kitchens.
It can be a little more tricky to work with.
Quick step makes a DIY user friendly laminate tile.
When I need to fill the space where the halves are joined I don't like using
a floor patch that dries hard.
Over time it can crack underneath the laminate.
Great stuff foam works good or silicon chalking if the space isn't too wide.
As Orange said you do need to watch the water on the floor.
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