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Old 04-25-2007, 12:01 PM   #1
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Laminate vs. Vinyl-any regrets?

We are undecided between sheet vinyl or (Pergo type) laminate to replace the carpet in our 89 Excella...anyone have any regrets about going with either of these floors?

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Old 04-25-2007, 12:05 PM   #2
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We are undecided between sheet vinyl or (Pergo type) laminate to replace the carpet in our 89 Excella...anyone have any regrets about going with either of these floors?

Thanx, Bill
Bill,

Our Safari had the laminate when we purchased it, the only problem is that the additional thickness of the floor does not permit the folding dining table to go all the way against the cabinet and then slide out of the way next to the couch.

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Old 04-25-2007, 01:24 PM   #3
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Laminate will be heavier and add thickness. I really like marmoleum, and it is natural and doesn't off gas any nasty chemicals.

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Old 04-25-2007, 01:36 PM   #4
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We have a Wilson Laminate that looks like Stone. Much better than the carpet but I wish we had used cork (which we subsequently installed in the house and like very much).

The cork we used is on a backing just like the laminate, you cut it and 'click it into place. You do have to apply a finish after installation - quite easy essential you spread it on as if you are mopping.

Glue down cork would be another option and would not be as thick.
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Old 04-25-2007, 05:56 PM   #5
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We looked at all the choices at Loews and Depot.
Everything was too thick.
If we could have found cork in something thinner than 1/2" that would have been first pick.

Settled on the peal and stick vinyl.
You have to pull about 200 staples and tacks after you remove carpet.
Then spread a concrete type of stuff to level and fill the voids...carpet is very forgiving and hides lots of crap.

Be sure to wear a face mask when scraping it smooth...lots of dust.

I went diagonal (my regret) for a different look, but I can no longer use my left hand. (so much trimming)

Is now low maintenance (main goal) and you don't feel like your stepping into your grandmothers living room.



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Old 04-25-2007, 07:02 PM   #6
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Looks pretty cool! I am pondering the replacement of the existing tiles in my 73. Don't think tey are original. Thinking of carpet, but was looking at the lay in carpet times. Fairly plush pile, and they have the wavy ends to keep them secure, but eaily pulled if needed. But...probably as heavy as the laminate. Kinda like Klattu's approach....and easy to take care of.

Outside of the weight, some of the good laminates are not as friendly to mositure as one would think. I have had some unwelcome seam expansion in my house using Swiss Loc and would be sure with any floor that was not a concern before going in the trailer.

Hey, even if I manage to fix all my leaks...one can expect an occasional splat on an A.S. floor

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Old 04-27-2007, 08:19 AM   #7
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I had laminate in my first AS .
It looked cheap .
Now in my 86 I have real hardwood flooring looks realy nice.
Real hardwood is about the same in weight as a good laminate floor.
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klattu--don't regret going on the diagonal! It looks great!

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We looked at all the choices at Loews and Depot.
Everything was too thick.
If we could have found cork in something thinner than 1/2" that would have been first pick.

Settled on the peal and stick vinyl.
You have to pull about 200 staples and tacks after you remove carpet.
Then spread a concrete type of stuff to level and fill the voids...carpet is very forgiving and hides lots of crap.

Be sure to wear a face mask when scraping it smooth...lots of dust.

I went diagonal (my regret) for a different look, but I can no longer use my left hand. (so much trimming)

Is now low maintenance (main goal) and you don't feel like your stepping into your grandmothers living room.
Whoa, Klatu! Looks like we have similar taste, here is the Peanut. Live the vinyl, have Laminate in the TT's
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I am putting Pergo in my camper at the moment (almost done). I love how it looks but I have to admit, I underestimated the amount of work fitting it around edges. All and all, I would do it again. As for the extra weight, I figure that since it is low it will make the camer more stable. Thats my theory anyway.
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We couldn't make up our minds either, so we put marmoleum in the kitchen/dining room and laminate in the bedroom/hallway. The marmoleum is cut from a single sheet so there are no seams and I chose to go directly onto the factory floor. No regrets whatsoever! One caveat on peel and stick is that it is temperature sensiteive and will expand and contract with temperature change. this WILL eventually cause the tiles to separate at the seams at which point contamination gets in and begins to ruin the bond along the edges of the tiles. We removed the peel and stick from the kitchen/dining room for this reason and insisted that the marmoleum er used to replace it be a single piece.
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It was either the Windsor Castle or Biltmore where we got the diagonal theam, yeah right.
After getting away from the real wood floorings...too thick/too expensive...we picked up a sample of a few vinyl tiles patterns we liked, woods, stones, and colors.
Took them home and placed'em around.
Right off, the wood was a no go.
I see others that look great with wood, bamboo etc, was too much wood for us, like it never ended.

We gave up and let Teddy decide...he went right over and plopped down on his fav.

I think every floor has its pros and cons.

This is while underway, he is inspecting for gap tolerance.

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I like the Black and White in the Peanut. Looks kins diner-ish.
First Purgo we put in, I ran in with the width, I'll never do that again...
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We gave up and let Teddy decide...he went right over and plopped down on his fav.
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