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Old 02-11-2014, 07:49 PM   #1
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We have an old house with wooden subfloors that expand and contract resulting in a lot of buckling.
We are remodeling the small bathroom, about a 4 by 5 room which also has really high humidity.
Can anyone suggest the best flooring for this room?
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Old 02-11-2014, 11:47 PM   #2
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If there's humidly you need an exhaust fan.
What sized floor joist, what's the free spans?
What exactly is on the floors now?
Is there a basement of crawl space under the house?
If it's a crawl space is there a vapor barrier on the ground?
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Old 02-12-2014, 05:31 AM   #3
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Thanks, yes we have an exhaust fan. Highest power we could find when we installed a few years ago.
The current flooring is linoleum.
We had a new roof installed a few years ago and changed from the whirlie to a ridge cap and have had more humidity problems since, we have crawl space and not sure about the joices. I'm sure they are not up to any current code and no we have not put the moisture barrier yet. Difficult to find anyone who will get in a crawl space anymore to do any work.
It is on the north side of the house and we have trees on that side where little grass grows but moss does.
My husband says he is going to vent out of the roof which should help.
Thanks for taking the time to respond.
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There's no location in your profile so it's hard for anyone to suggest someone local that might help you out.
There's lots of things that can be done.
Making sure there's enough ventilation under the house.
Working gutters with long down spouts.
No mulch or flower beds up against the foundation.
Grade sloping away from the home.
Why can you not install the vapor barrier yourself?
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We live in a community of about 1000 people, one little hardware store not any professionals that deal with this sort of thing around. We are working on the humidity issue I really need a suggestion for a flooring for the bathroom that will be suitable for the bathroom. Don't want to put tile down on the floor because I'm afraid it will buckle and break on the floor. Nor do I want to put linoleum down. What is another suitable option.
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We still have no idea what's on the floor now, or what's under the floor.
No pictures.
Need more info.
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:19 PM   #7
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Linoleum, wooden sub floor. Plywood. House was built in the 30-40s.
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Old 02-12-2014, 08:48 PM   #8
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Still no real answers.
Still need width of joist, spacing, spans, thickness and type of plywood, just one layer of subfloor or is there an underlayment?
Sorry but it's like calling an auto supply and asking what spark plug does my car use and telling them I have no clue but it's a yellow car.
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