RVers seem to be the perfect match to explorers. Adventurers at heart, settlers came in search of freedom and opportunities to grow and discover. And discover they did – first by ship, then by horse, in groups by Conestoga wagon trains and, ultimately, by motorized vehicles that ushered in the RVs of today.
On 1910 Trailer Works and Auto-Kamp Trailers, the commercialization of RVs automobile, refined roads on America’s passion for exploration giving growth to people who did not want to be limited by the rail system. In 1910 is when the first auto-related camping vehicles were built for commercial sale.
RVs offered the autonomy of traveling anywhere. Minimal comforts compared to today’s homes-on-wheels, but then again they did provide the freedom to travel everywhere,
But in 1930s RVs are fully reloaded equipped with beds, dinettes, electricity and water. After World War II, the RV industry succeeded as more Americans pursued movement. Nowadays, evolution has taken an important role on RVs progress, including notable advances in aerodynamic design and interior coziness.
Even though RVs lifestyle has been accepted and is still going strong, in spite of today’s challenging economic times, FinishBuild would like to dedicate this section to what kind of ecofriendly elements can you use for this road tripping way of life.
RV Flooring Options
Hard surface flooring is a great option for RV owners in need of a more tough and long-lasting flooring option than carpet. Although there are many hard surface flooring options, including hardwood, laminate, tile, and vinyl, we would like to recommend one in particular FinishBuild thinks is the best choice, regarding RVs: laminate. Unlike hardwood and tile, laminate flooring products is considerably less weight and particularly durable.
Carpet is a fine choice if you tend to stay in cooler climates where walking on carpet can be more comfortable than harder floors. Carpets are also friendly to our senior pets and folks in our lives that may have trouble getting around.
Carpet is really cheap to install as well as way easier than any of the other flooring types listed. You can knock out your stairwell with new carpeting in less than an hour; probably not the case for the others that require measuring, cutting and maybe even edge-finishing.
The weakness of carpet flooring products is that even though you choose this material is the cleaning & maintenance time. Vacuuming can be a daily routine since carpet tends to collect lots of dirt and dust. Keep into account that just because you do not see the debris with carpet, does not mean it is not there.
Vinyl flooring products can come in cheap squares with sticky backs for ease of installation or you can buy what’s called luxury vinyl planks that mimic a variety of wood types. The luxury vinyl planks not only look like wood but they even have engravings on them to enhance the grain appearance and feel less fabricated.
Vinyl tiling is the best option in wet areas of the house or RV, like the bathroom and possibly the kitchen. Another pro is that vinyl flooring products are waterproof, and easy to install, vinyl tiling has layers of thin rubber with a printed and embossed top pattern. These types of products can either be floating installed, which means they are stuck together and just covering the already settled floor without actually being attached to the floor or they can be glued down.
A downside of vinyl tiling is that it must be directly placed on its sub floor. Other flooring types like hard wood and laminate planks can have extra padding and insulation installed below them for extra comfort.
Also, the tiles and planks are not rigid or thick enough to hide surface imperfections below them. So, if there’s a small difference in sub floor board pieces that don’t line up to be flush and no leveler is used to compensate for the raised edge, this will eventually make its way visually through the vinyl flooring. Exposed nail or screw heads can undoubtedly cause this effect, too possibly puncturing through the vinyl depending on traffic.
Increasingly luxurious vinyl tiling products have certainly changed the former trend somewhat that laminate flooring has a higher resale rate than vinyl but not fully. Buyers may tend to prefer the look and feel of laminate over vinyl. However, in the perfect conditions and compared to laminate without insulation below, resulting in a harder feeling floor, it might be hard to know the difference between the two. Considering vinyl flooring, it would be easy to install carpet or laminate right over the top if a future owner ever wished to do
Vinyl Tile Flooring for Motorhome
This vinyl-based product is among the most durable floors we offer. With styles in both hardwood and tile looks, this floor is commonly used in grocery stores and other high traffic venues due to its awesome durability. Combine this with its lightweight and shallow design, this floor works great for RV owners looking to maximize gas mileage and use a new flooring option under a tight slideout clearance.
Laminate Best Flooring for RV Trailers
If you are looking for wood look, laminate flooring products are the best choice on ecofriendly materials, plus they are installed to be floating, meaning that they are not adhered to the sub floor below. The best part about its floating the capability along with its rigidity is that insulation can be laid down before the planks are installed above. Doing so gives extra comfort when standing and walking and added insulation to the floor.
As an ecofriendly product, laminate flooring boards state the type of cleaner you can use on it, non-abrasive specific type of cleaner is recommended and it is better to be sprayed onto the rag or mop than straight onto the floor. Laminate flooring can be customized to mimic the look of tile or even hardwood flooring. It’s easily cleaned and can tolerate quite a bit of abuse. Installing it is a simple process of cleaning the underlying floor, then peeling and sticking the laminate down. FinishBuild have a variety depending on the wood type look you might be looking for. Parquet flooring is one of the features we can offer if you are in the mood for clear and light colors. Since, it can come in a variety of patterns you would definitely have plenty of choices. Look range from natural hardwood to even stone colors.
Finish Build staff considerate that there are no cons with laminate, but if we should mention one would be the fact that some laminate boards may not fit on specific areas, such as, fitted spaces and under sits, in an RV. Therefore, you might need some matching trim pieces to hold down the free-floating floor, and thus, rounded corners and other custom features are ruled out with laminate. On this kind of situation we recommend a specialist, in order to obtaining best results. Nevertheless, it is possible and many RVs have it on these restless vehicles along the road.
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