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laminate flooring

Post by nfm43 » Sat Sep 29, 2007 5:15 am

can laminate flooring be used in modular homes

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Re: laminate flooring

Post by admin » Sat Sep 29, 2007 7:49 am

Laminate flooring is a great flooring option because you can have the beautiful look of a hardwood floor without all the maintenance. There is no reason that you cant put laminate flooring in your modular or manufactured home.

"Every laminate flooring manufacturer has their own installation procedures. We strongly recommend you read, and follow, the manufacturer's installation procedures for the flooring you purchase. You may notice how similar they are, yet there are subtle differences in certain aspects such as gluing. It is important to realize that failure to follow the instructions supplied by your manufacturer, or failure to use their recommended products may void their warranty.

Although each manufacturer has their own guidelines, here are a few things common among all. First, you need a level, no bounce sub floor to lay the planks over." (See the free article Laminate Flooring Installation Tips)

"The beauty of a floating floor is in its adaptability. A floating floor can be placed over nearly any substrate, including concrete, wood subfloor, or existing flooring. The floating panels can mask some irregularities in the substrate, such as embossing in vinyl flooring, but any major dips, dents, or lumps should be eliminated before installing the panels..." (See the free article Install a Floating Floor)

If you are covering the marriage line between 2 sections it is a good idea to relevel the home and put a sub floor down in the rooms where you are going to bridge the marriage line. This is to insure that possible future settlement at the joint line will not cause your flooring to buckle or crack at some later date. The sub floor can be quarter inch plywood or ask the laminate supplier or manufacturer what they recommend under their product.

Sixteen years ago I installed Italian ceramic time in my double wide. We went the extra step of removing the plywood floor decking around the marriage line and reinstalling it across the joint line. I dont think I would go that far unless you are in an area where the soil permits long term noticeable settlement.
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Re: laminate flooring

Post by scottman » Tue Oct 02, 2007 7:00 am

Good morning. To follow up this topic, We want to replace our carpet in the family room with pergo. There is a marriage line, and unfortunately only about 15 feet of it in the house is unlevel by 1/2 inch, which is in the family room. I don't want the entire house releveled, which for the expense, seems like they make it "better" but not perfect. I heard a floor leveling compound is a good alternative to put over the uneven part. We are on a slab and have little or no settling. btw our Skyline has "upgraded" Novadeck flooring which doesn't require a subfloor addition for laminate, they claim. What does this mean and what, if any, liner should we use under the pergo? Thanks for the additional info. Good luck with your floor nfm43!

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Re: laminate flooring

Post by David Oxhandler » Tue Oct 02, 2007 9:23 am

Spring for the relevel. Once it is done you will never have e to worry about it again. A half inch of leving compound over that length of floor is a big glob, that may or may not stay in place. Im not sure how well it will hold to Nova Deck

Nova Deck is a fancy brand name for treated particle board. It will fall apart locally if it gets wet. I would consider sealing it with a good grade of deck paint prior to going to the expense of installing a high end flooring.

I have never used pergo. Talk to the supplier or manufacturer. Let them know your plans and get their best recommendations for leveling and floor prep
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Re: laminate flooring

Post by trmimo » Wed Oct 03, 2007 5:28 am

Floor leveling compound works fine with novadeck. 1/2" is a lot to fill with leveling compound. David is right, you are better off having it releveled. Even if you do need the compound afterwards it should be much less. Do not use the pad with integral vapor barrier. Use the pad without vapor barrier. A vapor barrier would trap moisture between the laminate and the floor deck. And don't worry about your floor being particleboard. It will work fine. In fact the substrate material used in laminate floors is particleboard.

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Re: laminate flooring

Post by BILLY » Wed Oct 03, 2007 10:02 pm

Sorry to correct you trimmo, but the substrate that the photographic film layer is applied to is fiber board. Some manufacturers used medium density and others use high destiny fiberboard. I am unaware of any laminate that uses particle board as a substrate and I have been working in the flooring dept. at Lowes for the past two years. And,yes,laminate is a great flooring material for manufactured homes.Just stay away from the low end (cheap) laminates as they are cheap for a reason. And I do agree with releveling as the thicker the self leveling materials the more likely to have problems with it.

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Re: laminate flooring

Post by trmimo » Fri Oct 05, 2007 5:20 am

Same performance when exposed to water that is so often criticized on these boards.

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Re: laminate flooring

Post by drywalldaddy » Sat Oct 06, 2007 7:57 am

The first thing I would recommend is to pull up any flooring you currently have and check the quality of the subfloor. This should lead you in the right direction, depending on the quality, as I have seen huge variables in subfloors in manufactured homes. Check the floor for creaks, moving floors and if you will be crossing the marriage line I would check underneath the home to be sure the lag screws are in every 2 feet to eliminate shifting under the floor.

If the subfloor is in good shape, prepping the floor is the next and also most important step. Remove any loose staples, and check for any dimples or irregularities in the floor, as these could cause problems later on.
I suggest using a substrate such as Dependable floor leveling on any small dimples, nail holes, etc as it will not disintegrate down the line. If you will be crossing the marriage line floor and it has not been previously filled and leveled I would highly suggest you do this now.

The layout is the next step - be sure you do not run your flooring the same line as your marriage line - very important! The flooring should run across the marriage line, trying to avoid a joint directly over the marriage line.

If you follow the manufactures directions, prep the floor correctly, and take your time you should end up with a beautiful, long lasting floor!

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Re: laminate flooring

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Re: laminate flooring

Post by rachinesafire » Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:20 am

You can use laminate flooring in any room of your modular home, which has level floor. You can use laminate flooring in your bathroom and kitchen as well where you can control the quantity of water on the floor.
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