Originally Posted by Aluminumb
I have a 1999 25' Safari and a 1984 31' Excella. I want to install cork flooring in each of these. I was wondering if anyone has installed new flooring in these models and if they know how many square feet I should buy. I'm planning on cork flooring which is glued down.
Also, exactly how flat does the plywood have to be for cork flooring. There are the usual anamolies in the flooring and I'd rather not have to sand the whole floor down.
I am restoring from ground up 1973 26' Argosy which will include Lisbon cork flooring. I was fortunate to talk to someone who [according to business owner he works for] has installed hundreds of cork floors. It was strongly recommended to me that 1/4" Cork underlayment be installed first. The reason quoted was to relieve possible hard spots and provide a moisture barrier. He has even show me a SOB in which he installed the cork floor.
I was asked to take my shoes off and walk on it.
Aside of the color not being of my choice, I was sold on it in a minute. My floor is a 1/2" aluminum clad on both sides plywood, which makes it very stiff so the extra underlayment is not vital to me. However, my floor panels are joined with 1/16" cross section thickness aluminum H trim [as it was laying on its side]. This leaves 1/16" thick x 3/4" wide aluminum strip across the floor every 4'. I am going to router a channel in the cork underlayment to provide a space for it and eliminate high spots in flooring. I must add, that the feel of walking on the 1/4" cork tiles laying on the hard floor in the store, and those on top of 1/4" underlayment was considerably different.
I have 50' roll of 1/4" underlayment on order. I am not going to go wall to wall with it. Since my floor plan has not been made final, I am holding with ordering tiles. Surprisingly enough, price from a store down the road from me, is much lower than anything I could find on the net. With 12 " tile measure width X length will give you needed square footage if you are going wall to wall. Be sure your glue is waterproof. Thanks and good luck
with installation. "Boatdoc"