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Old 03-23-2015, 05:06 PM   #1
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Teak and Holly Flooring

I am interested in installing a teak and holly wood floor in my 18' Wanderer. Has anyone ever used teak/holly, or have any input whether it would be a good idea or not? Thanks!
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Old 03-23-2015, 05:18 PM   #2
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It would be pretty but you will have to worry about adding weight and locking in cabinets etc. Find out what the trailer carrying capacity is and then what the wood weight will be and see if you can live with the reduction of carrying capacity or traveling over weight. Would be pretty.

I put marmoleum in mine Tradewind but cut away under the cabinets just to help with the weight.

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Hi Tony & Barbara, I would like to get a clarification on what Tony means regarding "cutting away under the cabinets". Do you mean that you cut the base of the cabinets to slide the mamoleum under ?

Do you have a closeup pic?
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Hi Tony,
I am not sure what you mean by "locking in cabinets". I have to replace the entire subfloor, so I have removed the interior and would apply the flooring over the entire subfloor and then replace the cabinets, be platform, couch, etc. I will have to check on the weight of the wood....good idea. I just love the look. Was wondering if anyone that had used hardwood had any problem with buckling, etc. Using teak, I would think it would be more stable and able to handle the temp variances, moisture, etc. better than most.
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There is super-duty marine vinyl that looks like the teak and holly.

http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...ing-72110.html

http://www.lonsealspecialty.com/show...NWOOD%20MARINE
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Hi I didn't catch that you were removing the cabinets and interior. That won't be a problem then. If it was me I would bring the wood just under the cabinets beds etc to keep the weight down.

I will admit others may think that is a bad idea and I could be convinced that it is not the way to go.

My real thought is real wood may not be the way to go. I am a furniture maker and I love wood and wood floors. If you do go with wood do leave gaps around the perimeter for expansion and contraction.

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I installed Brazilian Teak floor but I have a motorhome so weight is not as critical. Here are a couple of pictures.

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There is a plywood with teak and holly veneer that might work for you. 6mm x 4' x 8' Teak & Holly Marine Plywood | Edensaw Woods Ltd.

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Dan, your teak floor in your motorhome looks beautiful! And Tony, I will be sure and take your advice on leaving room for expansion and contraction. The reason I wanted to use teak was it was a much more stable wood. I love the look of the yachts that have the interior done in the teak/holly. I am wondering if the holly holds up as well to temp variances, moisture, etc. Hmm...
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Thanks, it was a lot of work but I got a heck of a deal on a sale at Lumber Liquidators so it worked out.

Teak is very stable in moisture and temperature change and is very hard which makes for a good floor for our Great Dane. The cork I tried didn't do well. The holly works well with the teak and looks good because it stays white and doesn't darken with age or water stains. I have a teak and holly cabin sole in my sail boat that is 40 years old and still looks great.
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Nice, Dan! You have great taste.....in dogs as well! Danes are something else!
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I'm guessing there isn't that much of a weight difference between vinyl flooring and the teak and holly plywood used on boats. I had to pull the cabin sole (floor) in my sailboat when the diesel tank leaked into the bilge. The pieces weren't that heavy. And it had structural lumber that wouldn't be needed putting it down over a sub-floor.

I checked one vinyl source - .63 lb/sf = 20.2# for 4x8
1/4" Teak and holly 4x8 sheet, 24#.

So with 5 sheets the total weight difference would only be 20#.

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Nice, Dan! You have great taste.....in dogs as well! Danes are something else!
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I had a plywood veneer teak and holly floor in my Gemini 105M catamaran. It didn't wear so well, I had to replace a few sections. When it dings, it really looks like cheap plywood. At over $150/sheet, it was kinda painful!

That teak is brutally expensive, and in many cases, is a "conflict" wood. Both militias and the government of Myanmar are cutting the trees down as fast as they can to buy more weapons... just sayin'...

Though when I stop by World Panel in Riviera Beach, FL to get more Eurolite plywood, they have huge stacks of teak for the local boatbuilding industry. Wow does it smell good!

As Tower of Power so eloquently put it: "Can't stand to see the slaughter, but still I eat the meat."
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And a Harlequin to boot, Dan!
SuzyHomemakr, thanks so much for your input. Point given on the harvesting of the teak. Wish it wasn't so. I will be more environmentally conscious on future decisions. I have already ordered the teak and holly hardwood flooring, and passed on the plywood veneer. We will see how it wears and the additional weight allowance.
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