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Old 04-01-2012, 09:15 PM   #11
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starting (and hopefully finishing) my flooring tomorrow! I got some really nice engineered bamboo for free that a buddy had leftover from a job. I'll hopefully have pictures up tomorrow night
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:50 PM   #12
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Here's a few before and after pix of the installation I just finished. The 60/70s kitchen reno look is gone and now it looks and feels like a high end unit. Not sure why so many manufacturers go with the same-ish looking lino pattern, especially when there are so many choices in sheet flooring that include laminate-looking ones.

I neglected to mention previously that the vinyl laminate I used is an interlocking type and not the type that gets glued down/together. I can't praise the product we bought enough and I would not hestitate to use it again.
This looks wonderful. Wondering where you can purchase this product? Did you lay it right over the original lino flior?
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Old 12-28-2012, 05:28 AM   #13
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I am going to start my floor soon. Installing Antique Hardscraped Hickory Laminate from Lowes. Will see if it goes the way I want it too!!
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Old 12-28-2012, 05:33 AM   #14
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That really is a nice upgrade....look's like you did a great job.
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:40 PM   #15
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Thanks for the comments!

Cyn61, not sure where you are. We bought ours at "King of Floors" in Surrey, B.C. Not sure if it is exclusive to them. The only other one I found around here was at Home Depot and it is thicker plus I read a LOT of negative comments on it on the internet. The HD brand is a lot thicker too.

The one at King of Floors is interlocking like regular laminate but is only about 1/8" thick. This really helps when running under cabinet doors since sometimes they are really close to the floor. Even then, I had to raise a couple of doors (easy to do). I would look around and see what is out there and look for reviews on the internet.

Yes, I put it down right over the old lino. One advantage is that if anyone ever wanted to remove it, the lino is undamaged and could be used again. The lino in campers runs wall to wall under cabinets and everything else and is just stapled at the outer edges. It *could* be removed by cutting around the perimeter edges, but I don't see any big advantage in removing the old lino other than saving weight.

One other comment I might add is that it is harder than installing in a house because you are working in such small tight/confined areas plus the overall area will have a lot of jigs and jogs in it so there's a lot of measuring and cutting. But it is still a do-it-yourself proposition.

After one full season of camping with it, we love it. Sure makes our TT feel like a really expensive unit when it's not, lol.
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Old 12-28-2012, 03:51 PM   #16
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Thanks for the input myredracer...wondering if the product you used was vinyl or the more traditional laminate flooring? It looks like real wood in the pics and not vinyl!
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Old 12-28-2012, 04:10 PM   #17
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Hi Cyn61,

The "laminate" flooring I used is made with ABS, a sort of plastic, that is commonly used for waste plumbing in houses because it is so durable and resistant to damage from common chemicals you'd have around a house. It is 100% waterproof - great for an RV.

It has a finish layer bonded to the ABS which looks like real wood but is some type of plastic.

There are two basic types of laminate used in a house. One is made from compressed sawdust and glue (typically much cheaper) and the other has laminated layers of thin wood just like normal plywood. The first one has a bonded layer on top for the finish, and the second type is usually (always?) real finished wood on the top layer.

Regular laminates in houses can be quite thick, around 5/8" which can pose problems in an RV. These laminates are not fully waterproof either, with some better than others. In addition, they can be easily damaged by high heeled shoes, dog's nails and dropping objects onto it.

We are so happy with it, we are thinking of using it in a rental suite in our house because a tenant can spill anything on to it and it will not be damaged.
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Thanks for the additional info! Much appreciated! I am not anywhere near your local, but I will look for something with similar characteristics!
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