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badams007

04:12AM | 09/30/04
Member Since: 09/29/04
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I received a grant 2 summers ago to remodel my trailer - yes indeed, I'm trailer trash. We compltetely replaced all the floors with 3/4" plywood instead of the pressboard they come with. Because I have dogs and do some rescue work with puppymill dogs, the contractor recommended medium traffic commercial carpet, though I wanted something less pervious.

Now, 2 yrs later, I can't keep this darned stuff from unraveling at the seams, and just plain can't get it clean.

I need very serious advice about cost-conscious recommendations for an impervious alternative.... go vinyl with area rugs, real tile, laminate or what ???

Thank you very much.

-Beth

k2

06:32AM | 09/30/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hello Beth,

Trailer trash? NOBODY on OUR BBS is trash! :)

How about ceramic tile? A "class 5" floor tile is strong stuff and will hold up to all but the most brutal traffic. Also easy to clean--you don't have the issues with anything 'hiding' in carpet, for example.

Tile, of course, needs a solid base. Your 3/4" plywood base with a layer of Hardybacker should do the trick. I would not know about mobile homes--if there are any issues regarding their floors that might recommend against tiling (do they have much flex, e.g.)

Ceramic tile, I think, is a great product. But it can feel cold...which could be a consideration. It can be really really beautiful (or NOT, so choose carefully!). It's heavy work to install, but lasts a long time.

As for its cost, try visiting some tile stores and see if they have anything you like in their "outlet" rooms....limited quantities for a reduced price.

Great work with the dogs, by the way. Even ONE dog is a labor of love; practically a full time job.

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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badams007

09:23AM | 10/01/04
Member Since: 09/29/04
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I REALLY love ceramic tile, but was concerned about the flex in the floor. In fact, the vinyl I put in the kitchen and bathroom is made to resemble 12 x 12 tile...

-B

Floorwizard

10:15AM | 10/02/04
Member Since: 07/21/04
41 lifetime posts
I would be concerned with tile too.

Possible a laminate flooring would be the best, but most trailers use carpet stretched or loose layed in.

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