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Old 03-02-2010, 09:02 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Sheet flooring...Glue down or float?

I am starting to consider what sheet vinyl product I want for the Flying Cloud, and wanted to get people's opinion on glue down vs no glue. I have heard Airstream doesn't glue the flooring down on new Aistreams, but have seen people still glue their flooring down.

What are your thoughts on one way vs the other?

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Good question! I'm interested too. Have a floor project coming up and wanted to use sheet vinyl also.
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Old 03-02-2010, 10:17 AM   #3
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The only advantage I can see to not gluing the vinyl floor down is that, if you get fed up with it, you can pull it up. I have seen newer Airstreams with the vinyl flooring that looks like it has lifted in areas from not being glued down.

Personally, I would want it glued. I went with Marmoleum tiles in our rig.
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I am starting to consider what sheet vinyl product I want for the Flying Cloud, and wanted to get people's opinion on glue down vs no glue. I have heard Airstream doesn't glue the flooring down on new Aistreams, but have seen people still glue their flooring down.

What are your thoughts on one way vs the other?

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Steve, Did you check out Paul Mayeaux's 55 at the Texas Vintage Rally?
He had Marmoleum not glued down.It looked really flat to me.
I am thinking Marmoleum myself but also not sure about glue down.
By the time I am ready Paul's will have been down for awhile to know about any problems.
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If you glue down a vinyl or other resilient floor the biggest problem I see is that the floor is fixed and eventually falls victim to the stresses of movement. I suspect that over time you will begin to see stress cracking along the joints of the subfloor. If the floor floats, these stresses are eliminated. Another problem with gluing down the floor is that moisture and vapour can be trapped between the subfloor and vinyl flooring, causing the development of air bubbles. If the floor floats, vapour can escape readily at its perimeter.
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Marmoleum is a great product. 100% natural and no toxic off-gassing. I highly recommend it.
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I used vinyl a year ago, no glue. So far so good.
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Old 03-02-2010, 10:50 AM   #8
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I used sheet vinyl and glued it down. That was 5 years and 15,000 miles ago. No cracks. No water damange to subfloor after a pipe split. Looks great to this day. Just my .02
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I'm using VCT in the 68 Ambassador. Putting it down with carpet tape. Did front half last spring and no problems so far. My thought is that I can take up an individual tile if need be and replace, or be able to check for leaks as I left approx 1/8" around the perimeter. Just finished the bath yesterday 7 hrs. Used 18 tile, only 1 tile was square all others multiple cuts and angles, scrape and mis-cuts 6 tiles, job done Priceless.
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I used underlayment and than glued down the vinyl. Thhis was per an installer. Also make sure that you seal any seams as the vinyl will curl up if you don't. also use some type of moulding around tghe edges as this will also prevent curling. The glue should be of the type that can be used outside.. aagain per an installer.
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I like the marmoleum idea, but I have to look at the cost of both. I know...I know...spending as much as I am on this project, I should just bite the bullet and get marmoleum!

The sheet will go down with no interior walls or skins installed, so it should be nestled up against the C channel and shouldn't move that much.

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I used underlayment and than glued down the vinyl. Thhis was per an installer. Also make sure that you seal any seams as the vinyl will curl up if you don't. also use some type of moulding around tghe edges as this will also prevent curling. The glue should be of the type that can be used outside.. aagain per an installer.
This is the best idea, IMHO. It's the best of both worlds: the glue will hold it for a long, long time, but technically, you still have a floating floor that could be changed relatively easily.

Of course, it's more work to put down, but should result in a perfect application.
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Still need to figure what to fill the counter sunk heads of my elevator bolts in with to make them flush with the flooring.
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Still need to figure what to fill the counter sunk heads of my elevator bolts in with to make them flush with the flooring.
Wood putty?
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