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Old 09-25-2016, 10:18 PM   #1
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laminate before or after the build?

So, I know that a lot of people use the snap laminate floors in there buses, I also know that it is designed to "float"
If I put it down over the whole floor, it would be easier and would be under everything, but no floating.
If I do it after then it will not be under everything, but float.
If you did the whole floor first, did you have any issues?
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Old 09-25-2016, 10:22 PM   #2
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I am hoping after... I am 90% done with build and about to do floors!!
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Old 09-26-2016, 12:46 AM   #3
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I would probably do it after, it will save money since less area to cover.

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Old 09-26-2016, 02:33 AM   #4
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I'm doing my flooring before. Less cuts in my layout.
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Old 09-26-2016, 05:31 AM   #5
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lowes sells a solid vinyl product starting at 1.80 sf that snaps together and looks better than the saw dust crap for .68 cents. ive put in in several homes and everyone loves it. one thing about waiting, if you damage a section you can pop your trim up replace the bad pieces and your good to go.
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Old 09-26-2016, 08:34 AM   #6
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i built cabinets on one side of my bus before i did the flooring. the long open side of the bus was easy peasy. the side with the cabinets and door were a PITA!!!
lots of cuts / angles / poor fitting tiles on the side with cabinets.

if i did it all over, i would do the floor first. my floating floor did get nailed down, as the cabinets on that side were anchored to the floor. no issues from shrinkage / swelling. just the crappy edge of little pieces that look like a 2 year old's mosaic art project.

instead of laminate, i used vinyl tiles that overlapped and glued together.
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Old 09-26-2016, 09:29 AM   #7
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We put in cheapo 90 cent/ft laminate before the build, and screwed everything down on top of it. Since a bus is only 8 ft wide there's really not enough swelling and shrinking to effect it at all. This is our second year of constant travel in it, and we've had no problems with it other than in a spot where we had the water tank leak for a while before noticing, and that's not damaged very much plus it's under the bed. It was much easier to do that than to cut it to fit around the furniture. That would have been a nightmare, as the edges are prone to chipping as it's being cut.
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Old 09-26-2016, 01:50 PM   #8
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Ok, that is what I was thinking. I am almost ready to put down new plywood and need to be thinking about the flooring
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