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Old 11-26-2015, 01:03 PM   #1
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Is there an greener alternative to vinyl flooring? I wanted to have marmoleum installed, but it's only 6 feet wide and I need 12'x11' for my new 19-foot Escape.
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Old 11-26-2015, 01:45 PM   #2
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You can always install carpet over the stock floor and some have put down cork and pergo wooden floors over the stock. The only limit is your imagination and the material width.
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I don't understand what would be wrong with a seam on the marmoleum as most kitchens have a seam somewhere with vinyl or linoleum. If it's installed well, it shouldn't be a problem??
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Old 11-26-2015, 02:34 PM   #4
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I wanted to have marmoleum installed, but it's only 6 feet wide and I need 12'x11' for my new 19-foot Escape.
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I don't understand what would be wrong with a seam on the marmoleum as most kitchens have a seam somewhere with vinyl or linoleum. If it's installed well, it shouldn't be a problem??
I assume (from the size) that Barb is having this installed at the factory during construction, so it is a big piece running wall-to-wall under all of the cabinetry which follows. I agree that a well-placed seam should be fine, but my guess is that the factory workers don't have the time or experience to handle the seam, since they would normally be able to use a single piece.
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Welcome, Barb,

Yes, they want one big sheet and have not heard of them doing anything but vinyl.

Have you asked whether they would do a 6-ft roll because you want green? Wish I had known about it and done that.

I am assuming you want to completely avoid the regular vinyl so there would be no sense in covering it over.

Escape has done a number of alterations to trailers because of health or medical reasons. If this is a health reason, you could mention that.

Otherwise, some have covered their flooring later with wood, cork, and other materials.
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Is there an greener alternative to vinyl flooring? I wanted to have marmoleum installed, but it's only 6 feet wide and I need 12'x11' for my new 19-foot Escape.
Escape will not install linoleum, you would have to have it done afterwards. Besides, even though there is cork in lino, the process of making it is not very green at all. A competent installer can easily deal with a seam.

I did a glue down cork in my 19, and we loved it. It looks great, and was comfy and warm underfoot. I am going with a vinyl in my 5.0, but will likely do cork after a while.
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thank you!

Thank you everyone for the great ideas. I contacted Escape and they will only install residential-grade rolled flooring. They can't install marmoleum because you need a special heating tool to do the seams. So I'll go with Armstrong because according to my online research, that's the least toxic. Then I'll put down cork or a rug on top of that.
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I don't understand how using twice as much material as necessary is green.
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It may be a health reason and trying to cover over the vinyl.
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It may be a health reason and trying to cover over the vinyl.
The urethane coating on vinyl flooring pretty much encapsulates any of the odours. The adhesives used are much worse. Wood floors, including cork, use a layer of urethane for protection too, as does all the woodwork in the trailer.
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Could also delete any flooring and install what you want on your own or have a contractor do it. Might get a credit for no flooring (I did when I chose not to use their standard mattress.)
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Would that throw out the fit of all the cupboards etc. that sit on top of the vinyl? Might not be much, but could make a mess of fit and finish.
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Would that throw out the fit of all the cupboards etc. that sit on top of the vinyl? Might not be much, but could make a mess of fit and finish.
That would not matter, but the vinyl is laid before anything else goes in, and is a good to have on the floor in all the storage spaces. It would be real hard to install after.
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Yes, one problem with leaving out the flooring is that it goes under the bed, benches and cabinets. Kind of need it done.
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