Hey All, The wife and I went to a local flooring shop yesterday to look at flooring options. We really like the look of Marmoleum, but the guy at the shop said that it would not hold up to the wide temperature fluctuations this camper will see here in the Northeast, especially stored outdoors in the winter. He said the tiles will expand and contract too much and potentially gap and buckle. Anybody have any issues like this?
We are only replacing the exposed flooring, and I am planning on doing a luan subfloor over the old tiles and using some leveling compound where the old tile is missing. Maybe just go with solid sheet vinyl if we can find a pattern we like? Suggestions?
Post by universalexports on Jul 27, 2013 16:22:28 GMT -8
I went with VCT tiles, however others here have noticed the gaps getting bigger with temperature change, however so far mine look fine.
I cut mine down to 9x9 inches for a couple of reasons,
1. the original tiles were 9x9 inches 2. the smaller area looks better with smaller tiles. 3. a smaller tile will contract and expand less than a larger tile. to explain this just for arguments sake lets say a 12x12 tile can expand contract up to 5% of its size, 5% is more area of a 12x12 tile that 5% of a 9x9 tile make sense? if you look at all of the lines between the tiles, with more lines between the tiles from smaller tiles each line will have less of a gap. not sure if I explained that very well.
It doesn't get as cold in the NW as it does in the NE, but we haven't had probs with Hamlet's Marmoleum tiles. I'd also recommend looking at the sheet Marmoleum. It's gorgeous, has a nice finish, and it's really easy to take care of. But if you are planning on beating up your trailer, you might want to go with either inexpensive vinyl or the VCT tiles. The tiles are thicker and heavier, but will last pretty much forever. We just like the look of the Marmoleum better.