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Old 01-27-2014, 01:07 PM   #1
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I have a 1988 Chevy C30 shorty. New to schoolies and conversions. I am not sure how to post pictures yet , but as soon as I figure that out I have a few to post. I have the seats and rubber floot out. I have a couple of bad spots in the wood floor which I am in the process of fixing. I just not sure what to use for flooring on top of the plywood. I am thinking carpet tiles. Any suggestions that would be easy install, I am learning as I go. Lol. Thanks
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Allure Trafficmaster vinyl plank flooring.

My Home depo just got in some that looks just like laminate flooring. The advantage would be there is no pressed wood product to swell and go bad with moisture exposure.

They also have one that uses a gluing strip down the edge. It is a great product, but not quite as tough as the click lock laminate looking stuff.

I would contact cement it right to your plywood. Should last the life of your bus.

When I get back from town I will post links and such.

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Allure Trafficmaster vinyl plank flooring.
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I used this stuff in my bus, and so far I have been very happy with it. I also glued mine down in addition to using the built in sticky strips on the planks. The install was relatively easy, and the vinyl is easy to cut when you have to work around existing cabinets, etc.
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Old 01-30-2014, 02:58 PM   #4
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I can't seem to find a link for the new stuff that go's together like laminate.

All of the links are for the stuff that uses the glue strips.



After installing the glue strip vinyl plank in a few residences, this is what I found.

Glue it down. It tends to try to wonder around a large room in say a living room where people are imposing sideways forces from walking, and playing.

Make sure your floor is as smooth as possible. The glue strip vinyl plank is only twice as thick as a good lino. Any irregularity in your sub floor will show right through your finished floor.

It's not rated for hot water in floor heating. If left as a floating floor, it will expand and contract enough to pull it's self apart at the glue strip, every 6 joints or so.

If people are going to be wearing foot wear that may contain rocks in the sole, use rugs, or mats to protect it. It's tough, but rocks will gouge through almost anything.

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Question...has anyone here put down bamboo flooring? Costco has it in typical T & G strips. It is pretty tough, looks great and I've been told it doesn't shrink/swell like regular wood products.
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We have considered Bamboo, but I haven't spent the time to do the research on it. 1 thing I am a bit concerned about is it seems to be as much "binder material" as wood product to bind. I have often wondered what they use to glue it all together and I think that is an important component for wear resistance. I think it would be easy to claim the bamboo qualities and ignore deficits in the glue.... just sayin'
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Question...has anyone here put down bamboo flooring? Costco has it in typical T & G strips. It is pretty tough, looks great and I've been told it doesn't shrink/swell like regular wood products.
All the home owners that have decided to have it installed against my advice regretted it.

Way to much glue and such. Moisture causes swelling, buckling, delamination, and unlike wood, when you pull a loose fiber, it pulls up a foot long strip.

I recommend against Bamboo Flooring.

IMO go synthetic. Wood on a floor of any kind will lead to mold, and having to replace it.

Synthetic flooring mimics the look of real wood to the point that it's sometimes hard to tell.

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Thanks Nat --- my first choice was/is Pirelli style industrial rubber with the raised dots but I was curious about the bamboo. I did a kitchen in red Pirelli a few years ago and it is amazingly durable stuff. Far from cheap but hey...it's a Shorty...maybe a dozen tiles?
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Tango, could you give me a lead on that flooring (Pirelli)? Jack
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