Living in a confined space, with the outside dirt just next to your living room floor, results in constant dusty floors. Basing the selection of a flooring material on cleanliness, durability and weight, should be a priority.
A common choice in RV’s is regular carpet, which is affordable, easy to install and comfortable to walk on. Looks clean at first sight, but in reality is a collector of dirt, with a major disadvantage: the need of some type of vacuum. In a place with a limited electricity supply, this may pose a problem.
A better solution is some type of ‘hard’ flooring. In my first conversion I used a product called TrafficMaster Allure Ultra which has stood up well to a fairly rough use. This was installed as a floating floor cover and needed no gluing.
After researching this matter, I found that cork maybe a better alternative. It comes in many different shades and textures, feels soft to the feet and has shock absorbing qualities. It is also a much lighter material with insulating qualities. As somewhat environmentally conscious, its renewable and sustainable properties add to the list. It is very durable and stands up to heavy use. Like the TrafficMaster Allure Ultra vinyl flooring, it can be installed directly over a plywood subfloor without gluing.
I’m still considering a much heavier hardwood floor, one that is often seen on sailboats. Narrow, dark and thin teak strips separated by a light colored rubber sealant offers a sophisticated look especially in combination with white maple cabinets.
You can leave a comment if your experience is different or if you can suggest a better material. I will seriously consider it!
I am pursuing a similar project and also want to use cork. I have only shopped one place – Lumber Liquidators. They have several looks. One looks like the average cork-board. Several others looked much better. They offered to send me samples – I’m glad I got them. All the nice looking ones are phony prints on a small layer of cork over a thicker layer of sawdust board. Imagine what will happen when that gets wet. I will be going with the one that looks like a cork-board. It is cork all the way through and is sealed on one side with a clear finish, so we can install it with the clear finish up or with the plain side up. I plan to go with this one.
Cork is one of the better materials; resilient, warm to the feet, lasts a long time. Send me a picture, when you’re finished.