NEW FLOORING GOING IN
We are now in the process of putting down a wood laminate flooring. We tried about ten different types of flooring, from solid wood to different laminates. My wife and I really liked the look of real solid wood flooring. However, we also noticed that it got scarred and beat up fairly easily. Also, much of the solid woods we liked (like Brazilian Cherry) can fade fairly easily and quickly when exposed to sunlight. We opted for a high grade wood laminate flooring that complimented the cabinets and side panels going into the bus. We also feel it will stand up to many people coming in and out of the bus since this is going to be our company bus to demo our software and provide a mobile computer training lab.
You will note that the flooring is not going in lengthwise. Donna went online and noted that in narrow and confined spaces, interior designers have the wood flooring going sideways in a narrow room. It gives the elusion of more space in a small area. It seems to work. We tested it out and numerous people voted for the sidewise install.
This flooring is going in over the LizardSkin acoustic and thermal spray that we put on the floor of the bus. After it was put in, we took the bus for a test drive and could not believe the difference in the sound inside the bus. Incredible stuff.
This wood laminate comes with a built in underlayment on the underside of the flooring. Again, in some small way a little more barrier to the road and engine noise.
Pictures are below.
Note the big open hatch in the middle of the bus. This is due to the mid-engine design of the bus. This is the primary way to get to engine components that are on top. The alternative would be to drop the engine. So, we opted not to cover up the hatch permanently. Instead, we are covering the hatch door in the wood laminate. It will then have four latches placed into it so they will be flush with the level of the flooring, but can latch the hatch to the engine compartment. The hatch will also have sound and thermal insulation placed under it to help reduce road and engine noise/heat from penetrating the bus interior. It will also have a rubber gasket placed around the perimeter of the hatch to create a solid seal around the hatch to keep out noise and exhaust fumes from getting into the bus. In addition, the interior of the engine compartment under the bus has been sprayed with the LizardSkin insulation to help dampen noise and heat.
The wheel wheels, the stairwells and the area directly under the driver's accelerator and brake pedals will be covered in G Flooring coin patterned industrial rubber flooring. It can stand up to battery acid, solvents and other nasty things. It is used as flooring in high end mobile mechanic trailers as well as entire garage floors. I got a good deal on a small roll and will also use it in the back trunk of the bus as a flooring.