Cork flooring a challenge?

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Cork flooring a challenge?

Would cork flooring be quite a bit more difficult to install in a Scamp than say the common Allure flooring many have been using? Would I need power tools for cutting the cork to fit? Is the Allure all man made petroleum products?

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Hey Rocky,

I have seen two or three trailers that were done with the cork flooring. It comes out really nice and also has a bit of insulation value that the Allure won't have. As far as install goes, nothing I've found is as simple to install as the Allure. However, the cork wouldn't appear to be that difficult an install. You will have to cut vs scoring and snapping the Allure, but will probably just add a few hours to the job. If you do a cork floor, make sure we get plenty of pics installing it. I think you'd really like the finished product.

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Thanks Greg.  I've seen the

Thanks Greg.  I've seen the photos on how well of a job you do with the Allure. That looks very appealing as well, but I wondered about the chemical off gassing etc? I'm a bit sensitive to that sort of stuff thats in vinyl. Of course I'll have to investigate any brand I settle on and how they manufactured it.  I hope the common stores like Home Depot, Lowes ect have that sort of info available as their prices are appealing.  How many square feet does one need in a 13' Scamp ? With and without doing under the benches? Happy Holidays! 

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I have always done the flooring wall to wall, benches out, on my 13's and it usually takes about a box and a half. You could probably get it done with a box if not doing under bench depending on the oops and minimal waste. If you don't go wall to wall you will have more expense in quarter round trim so cost wise it will probably be comparable either way you go. Usually takes about four hours to do a 13 with the Allure once benches removed and prepped. 

If you go with a cork flooring, that will have more thickness than the Allure and might not be suitable for a wall to wall install.

As for the off-gassing of the different products, I have no idea. Allure has never had any detectable aromas, I have experienced some aroma on the glued laminate products.

Keep us posted as you research it.

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Given that most cork flooring

Given that most cork flooring is floating how do you go about ensuring it doesn't shift due to washboard roads, potholes and the general wear and tear our campers must endure? Years ago I installed floating cork flooring from Amcork and over time space between a few of the planks began to develop. I just pulled it all up and am trying to decide the best path forward.

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I'm not familiar with the cork products out there, but if the joints don't interlock or adhesive together like vinyl plank flooring then I'd assume they would need to be glued down and not be floating.

Ive done a ton of the vinyl plank floating floors in trailers and they work great for these small spaces. I do pull all counters and benches and floor wall to wall, which when everything is put back in keeps the flooring from shifting.

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@rocky - here are a couple

@rocky - here are a couple pictures of the flooring after I first installed it a few years ago. The added insulation and feel underfoot are definitely selling points. Looks pretty good too.