I'm a DIY, not professional, so these are from my experience only. Can not comment on the center joint down the length of the house. I have used laminate in house and at cottage.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.
- Will laminate flooring WORK?
- Is the 'leveler' sufficient for this, or should I subfloor over the joint?
- Is the 'cerimac tile design' laminate flooring good enough for kitchen floor use?
- How will the laminate flooring hold up?
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.