Will Laminate Flooring Work? - Flooring - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Flooring

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-10-2009, 03:44 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 55
Rewards Points: 75
Question

Will laminate flooring work?


I have a structure that is post and beam construction with no concrete foundation. The floor is between 2 ft. and 7 ft from the ground. I have a 12 x 20ft. room that I need to put flooring in. It has 2x6 car decking as subfloor. This is a vacation cabin so it sees temp swings from sitting at 30 degrees for a month, then heated up to 70 for the weekend.
I would like to install laminate flooring, but was not sure about expansion and contraction from temps and moisture?
Also when I go to install it I know it should acclimated, but do I acclimate it to 70 degrees?
Would an engineered nail down floor a better choice?
thanks for any input.

Advertisement

oregondiy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-2009, 04:06 PM   #2
Member
 
Floorwizard's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Alaska!
Posts: 1,522
Rewards Points: 1,000
Default

Will laminate flooring work?


Wood and lam will react the same. The only Lam that was rated for cabins unheated here in Alaska was Armstrong.
At least that is the only REP from a major manufacturer that has told us it's good to go.
Let it acclimate at a warmer temp. Higher humidity.

Advertisement

Floorwizard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2009, 01:51 AM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 55
Rewards Points: 75
Default

Will laminate flooring work?


I guess what I would like to know is from the wide temperature, humidity swings will---

1. Will the laminate warp or cup?

2. Will the laminate expand and contract causing open seams between pieces?

3. Would an engineered wood floor be a better choice?

I would of course leave proper expansion gaps at edges, I am not worried about movement at edges.
I don't want to install a flooring that will not survive in these conditions and just have to be torn out later.

Thanks for anyones advice on this
oregondiy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2009, 12:55 PM   #4
Member
 
Floorwizard's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Alaska!
Posts: 1,522
Rewards Points: 1,000
Default

Will laminate flooring work?


Yes
Yes
No

Best to go with a floating Vinyl. Glass backed.
You may be OK with lam, but it's a risk.

Floating Vinyl = no risk. And waterproof too!
Floorwizard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2009, 03:37 PM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 55
Rewards Points: 75
Default

Will laminate flooring work?


What is floating vinyl?
Like linoleum you might have in a normal house?
thanks
oregondiy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2009, 05:56 PM   #6
Member
 
Floorwizard's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Alaska!
Posts: 1,522
Rewards Points: 1,000
Default

Will laminate flooring work?


The new Vinyl that is available now no longer has a fiber back to it.
It has a fiberglass back which makes it more resistant to ripping and also way easier for DIY.
It's also easy to replace down the road if need be.
I have no doubt that these will take over the Vinyl industry within 10 years or sooner.
It can be loose layed in most cases without adhesive.
This is your best option for the area based on what I hear.

www.carpetone.com
Use your zipcode to find a store near you and check out IVC Earthscapes.

Or any other store should also have some Mannington selections as well.
It's all over the place, so should be easy to find.
Floorwizard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2009, 12:57 AM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 55
Rewards Points: 75
Default

Will laminate flooring work?


I just really don't want vinyl, it is not the look I want to acheive
oregondiy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2009, 12:30 PM   #8
Member
 
Floorwizard's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Alaska!
Posts: 1,522
Rewards Points: 1,000
Default

Will laminate flooring work?


OK then.

Just make sure if you get the material you want, it continues to give you the look you need.
If you want a wood look, then you would be suprised at what the new designs can give you in Vinyl.

Otherwise get wood or lam. Maybe it will gap or buckle...maybe it won't.
Floorwizard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2009, 10:29 PM   #9
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 55
Rewards Points: 75
Default

Will laminate flooring work?


Does anybody have any other experience with wood flooring in similar circumstance of vacation type homes that sit unheated for a few weeks then heated up. I would love if anybody had a first hand take on this.
thanks

Advertisement

oregondiy is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Counter top plastic laminate Gerry Kiernan Interior Decorating 4 10-13-2008 11:44 AM
Laminate Flooring Questions... sootybuttercup Flooring 1 08-13-2006 09:35 PM
Laminate Flooring Install Renovator Flooring 6 04-24-2006 11:42 PM
underlayment for quickstep laminate flooring Pturner Flooring 5 05-30-2005 05:09 AM




Top of Page | View New Posts