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Old 04-15-2011, 12:53 PM   #1
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Vinyl underlay

I had a contractor installer come out today to arrange new plank vinyl flooring in my 1998 Excella. I have the old carpet up, trimmed along the cabinet bases for this. I told him i was going to install a new 3/8 inch plywood to apply the new flooring on. He advised against this as any moisture in the old plwood would accelerate rot with a new plywood floor on top.

He suggest applying a plain vinyl sheet asa new subflloor and then putting the vinyl plank on top of that. The plank I am using is similar to Allure but made by Karndean.

Does this make sense?


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Old 04-15-2011, 01:06 PM   #2
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So, are you saying you DO have moisture in your existing sub-floor? Putting a moisture barrier of any kind over existing problems is probably not a good idea, speaking as an old architectural woodworker.

If there is no moisture/rot in the existing floor, a good sub-floor made with moisture resistant adhesive could be a good solution. How would you plan to secure the new layer of 3/8 ply?

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I had planned to nail down the new plywood, the installer suggested glueing down the vynal subfloor.
The moisture stains are old, the floor seems solid.

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The manufacturer of Allure Trafficmaster Halstead 1-800-860-6490 does not recommended installation in RVs, the temperature range is 15 above to 95 F. Then there is the question about mold. This flooring will look good for years but not 10 to 20 years. Having weight on the floor in storage is another problem.
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