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Old 07-17-2010, 10:36 AM   #1
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Cork floor in sheet vs. tile? Is it available?

I like the idea of cork, but I don't like the idea of tiles. Can this be purchased and installed as a single sheet?
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Old 07-17-2010, 10:45 AM   #2
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I like the idea of cork, but I don't like the idea of tiles. Can this be purchased and installed as a single sheet?
Sheet floor coverings are not a good idea.

In time, they will crack at every 4 feet, because of the seams that are in the floor.

Those seams move when the trailer is in motion.

You can use tiles, and space them so that the seams match the floor seams.

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Old 07-17-2010, 11:04 AM   #3
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Found a couple of threads for you to look at.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f461...tos-65213.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f461...ase-61373.html

If you don't get a good consensuses on sheet vs tile you might what to send uwe a PM and get his thoughts.
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I just completed a cork tile intallation in my trailer. It was easy to do a section at a time using waterbased contact cement. I started in the center of the floor and worked my way out to the edges.

Whether you use tile or sheet flooring, you are going to have to trim it to fit along the walls and built-ins. With tile, you only have to trim 12" at a time and can get a close fit. I cannot imagine trying to do that with sheet goods.

You might want to ask your flooring supplier what they recommend for adhesive with the sheetgoods and which system they would think easier for a DIY to tackle.
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My wife wanted cork, I like the idea of sheet vinyl. We found a super looking sheet vinyl in a commercial grade with a cork finish. I had the trailer gutted so instillation was easy. At the recommendation of TomW, who installed sheet vinyl in his Overlander several years ago and has had no problems, i only glued it down around the perimeter. This made it in effect a floating floor. We are very happy with the look.
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Thanks for all the advice. One other question...

My Airstream is fully gutted, so I want to lay a think layer of luan plywood over the subfloor to get a clean, flat surface to apply the cork to. Do I need to match that plywood with the subfloor seams? Or should I overlap and offset it? My though is if I overlap, that it might strength the floor and be less prone to flexing at the seams.
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