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Author Topic: Heads Up Folks! Great opportunity on laminate flooring  (Read 1713 times)
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« on: May 27, 2011, 06:58:43 AM »

If you get the email promos from Lumber Liquidators you've probably seen this. But if you are like me, a lot of promo emails get buy without a close look.

But I scored big time on some really good flooring for my bus at 15 per sq ft.  So it is worth your closer look.  What they are doing is clearing out short lots, odd lots, discontinued varieties, and seconds grade to make room for an inventory push from the central warehouse that is getting ready for a move.

For those who aren't subscribed to their email or are unfamiliar with them:  http://www.lumberliquidators.com/
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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2011, 08:08:30 AM »

that's a great ad... but my closest store is 49.6 miles away... Sad
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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2011, 08:19:40 AM »

  We were just looking at 3/8" bamboo laminate at Lowes for $2.08 sq ft. Wife likes Bamboo, I dont care much one way or the other, more interested in putting it down and forgetting about it. But the Bamboo semed a good match to the hickory cabinets.

  Is it safe to assume laminate flooring would be more stable in a Bus/RV, something that may see 100F+ temperture swings?

  And in any case, whats the best way to attach it. Staples/nails seem like they would work out, not sure about screw. Maybe some kind of glue a better bet?
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2011, 08:20:35 AM »

that's a great ad... but my closest store is 49.6 miles away... Sad

That certainly puts a risk on it since it is first come first serve, and no guarantees about what that store has available.  But on the other hand, with a potential savings of over $2.50/sq ft. it might be worth the risk.  I ended up with high quality flooring I never could have afforded for my bus.
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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2011, 08:23:44 AM »

 We were just looking at 3/8" bamboo laminate at Lowes for $2.08 sq ft. Wife likes Bamboo, I dont care much one way or the other, more interested in putting it down and forgetting about it. But the Bamboo semed a good match to the hickory cabinets.

  Is it safe to assume laminate flooring would be more stable in a Bus/RV, something that may see 100F+ temperture swings?

  And in any case, whats the best way to attach it. Staples/nails seem like they would work out, not sure about screw. Maybe some kind of glue a better bet?

My understanding has been that laminate flooring is a "floating" surface.  You leave a gap at all edges to accommodate heat expansion.  The trim molding hides the gap.
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« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2011, 09:16:38 AM »

My understanding has been that laminate flooring is a "floating" surface.  You leave a gap at all edges to accommodate heat expansion.  The trim molding hides the gap.

  Thats been my understanding as well. I just went back and read the site again, and see the bamboo is solid, not laminate, my mistake. Thats a heck of a price for solid flooring. But again, how does solid flooring work out in a Bus with potential 100F temp changes?

  Which would be more stable to contraction/expansion, laminate or solid?
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« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2011, 09:47:12 AM »

Can't speak up for the rest, but we have floating Lam in ours, and it is over a hundred in there almost daily when not occupied. So far it has stood up rather well, even when we developed a leak and got wet. Wink which now has me contemplating on putting some down in the bathroom, we'll see Grin
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« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2011, 11:37:46 AM »

Wood flooring is going to expand and contract at a similar rate as the plywwod floor you are attatching it to that came in the bus from the factory.

The 2 opposing layers of plywood that prevo installed for our floor is installed tight to the framing they did not leave gaps.
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« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2011, 01:28:11 PM »

Lumber Liquidaters will ship - my local store did not have in inventory a special price laminate - they shipped 2000 sqft from Georgia and it was still over 25% cheaper than any local dealer (includung the freight) - HTH and FWIW
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« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2011, 08:08:14 PM »

I have a store 18 miles away Grin Shocked
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« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2011, 08:40:02 PM »

I like the laminate floating floors because of their minimal maintanance and it is so easy to put in.
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« Reply #11 on: May 28, 2011, 06:21:14 AM »

Another plus for laminate flooring is that it doesn't scratch like real wood. A rock stuck in the sole of a shoe can be woods worst nightmare.

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« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2011, 07:15:13 AM »

  I put floating laminate in the Bounder. I dont like how it feels "loose". Probably more my imagination than reality, knowing its not fastened down, bouncing down the road.

  If I did it again I am strongly considering stapling it down along the back edge like one would nail hardwood.
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