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Old 04-06-2013, 09:36 PM   #161
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Very nice .....wood floors are just so nice . Really like cork as well....... might be really nice next to the oak .......
My main reason for going cork over another wood, is the warmth it provides underfoot when stood on.

I have actually considered buying sheets of cork to glue to the existing vinyl, and then finishing it with a polyurethane to save weight.
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Old 04-06-2013, 11:23 PM   #162
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My main reason for going cork over another wood, is the warmth it provides underfoot when stood on.

I have actually considered buying sheets of cork to glue to the existing vinyl, and then finishing it with a polyurethane to save weight.
That's an interesting idea ....I wonder about the drying time considering the porosity of the cork sheets........ Would you use an indoor or outdoor urethane ?
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I am curious about the joint where you change directions with the laminate. It slounds like you are leaving this as a floating floor. Are you concerned about the gap opening at this joint as things shift a bit with temperature and movement from traveling?

As for longer screws for the table base, you could always cut a tiny bit off the pointy end of the new screw to make it bottom out at exactly the same depth as the old screw adding allowance for the thickness of the laminate and not have to worry about going through anything below.
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:08 AM   #164
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That's an interesting idea ....I wonder about the drying time considering the porosity of the cork sheets........ Would you use an indoor or outdoor urethane ?
The dry/cure time of the urethane would be pretty much the same. I would just use an indoor type, as both are waterproof, and the main difference with exterior ones is the UV protection they provide which would not be needed inside.
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Old 04-07-2013, 01:14 AM   #165
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I am curious about the joint where you change directions with the laminate. It slounds like you are leaving this as a floating floor. Are you concerned about the gap opening at this joint as things shift a bit with temperature and movement from traveling?

As for longer screws for the table base, you could always cut a tiny bit off the pointy end of the new screw to make it bottom out at exactly the same depth as the old screw adding allowance for the thickness of the laminate and not have to worry about going through anything below.
I think expansion should occur transverse to the direction, I hope. Normal expansion/ contraction will happen around the long sides vs the short ends and I'm keeping one side open under the trim. That said, since I also purchased some matching caulk for the perimeter, maybe could use that for any gaps. Also these floors "lock" into each other in both directions with a male/female joint.
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In reality, and engineered flooring will expand and contract very little compared to solid wood. Also, the expanse is very small in a trailer which would lessen the overall movement a lot. The only downfall, and that would likely be minor, is the huge temperature swings you would see, especially in northern climates.
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I was thinking of using bamboo in the house and that's a thought for the Escape. I like it so much. I think it might scratch more though? I was going to put it in a room where we don't usually wear shoes.
Actually, the bamboo is very hard - much harder than the oak I replaced it with. I have had no problems with scratching, even wearing shoes (and I'm afraid I'm not the best housekeeper). As to how long it will hold up, I can't answer - I've only had it down for around 8 months but so far it looks just like it did when it went in.
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Jon, thanks. I was looking at it some more and found that the carbonized is softer. Of course, I was not considering that there is bamboo and there is bamboo, not all the same. I'm sure you have the good stuff. It's so nice.
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I know I'm coming late into this conversation, but I'm interested in why you all are putting in new floors. Is this something that could be done while the trailer is being constructed?
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Because we can, Ruthe.

I plan on doing it for the looks, and the warmth of cork underfoot.

In the factory where they use vinyl, it is put in before any other finishing, except maybe the liner, then the cabinets are built on top. This not only is easier for them, it provides a good base inside the storage areas, and is ideal there.
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