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Old November 28, 2009, 03:21 PM   #1
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I need flooring help! I am going to rip out the carpet from a house we just bought, because it is trashed and so I want to replace it with some new flooring. Problem: It's Particle Board underneath (mobile/manufactured home).
So, I thought I had a winner with laminate, but then I discovered it doesn't like water, then I thought I won with vinyl planks, but I can't find anyone willing to tell me if it will go ontop of pb. Pretty much every single person hates pb, and I can understand why, but I don't want people to just tell me they hate it and I had better just give up, I need someone to tell me my options.

The area I am going to cover is 1600 sq. ft.
I am NOT going to install carpet.

Thanks to all who can help!

(I accidentally placed this in another forum, so sorry if this appeared twice)

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Old November 28, 2009, 03:41 PM   #2
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Hey!!! Particle board is like.....really bad!!

Okay, just kidding. One of the common problems I see with particle board is that it will have bad spots from water damage. Do you have any of those? They will definitely have to be replaced. Good thing is, you will be able to cut around them, and replace them with the same thickness, no problem.

If water is a potential issue, the laminate floor won't be your biggest problem, the particle board will expand and cause a bigger problem than water-damaged laminate. I know that's not helpful to your situation, but it's true.

For vinyl, your floor needs to be a very smooth surface, as any imperfections will telegraph through vinyl.

You really need to find out what kind of shape your subfloor is in before you make a decision, but unless you're going to have a significant amount of water on this floor, laminate might be your best choice. I would still try to put vinyl in the bathrooms and laundry area, and maybe the kitchen, since they are more likely to get damage from water than the other rooms.

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Old November 28, 2009, 03:47 PM   #3
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I have installed vinyl over particle boards in mobile homes. Not the best idea, but it can be done. You are looking at a greater chance of failure than if you had the right subfloor.

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Old November 28, 2009, 06:51 PM   #4
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There are the floating vinyl floors.......Konecto, Flexitec, IVC, Adura over MUL, etc.

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Check the floors really good under the windows. Especially the big one in the LR. I've never worked in one that didn't have some rot under the windows.

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Old November 28, 2009, 07:57 PM   #6
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Thanks for the tips... But, I was hoping one of you would tell me something I wanted to hear, like: They're giving away free flooring that is made just for PB!

What about going for sheet vinyl? I'd have to have someone else install it, but...

This site seems to have the best deals around on flooring:
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Does anyone have better prices?

Thanks again!


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Old November 28, 2009, 08:02 PM   #7
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If you choose to join your posts will post sooner and not need to wait for approval.

Just a thought.......and an invite.

As a partial answer to your question, almost any floor that is not adhered (glued) can be used over PB.

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You could install IVC vinyl yourself.Watch Installation Movie: Vinyl Flooring... an Extreme Home Makeover

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