Flooring in cottage

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Posted by: from Winnipeg
12/7/2012 at 12:20:27 AM

We are renovating our seasonal cottage. What type of flooring is recommended for a cottage that temperatures get to -40 and durable?

It has to be flooring that my husband can do himself so our options are click vinyl flooring or laminate.

Also can the new flooring be put on top of the existing vinyl flooring in the kitchen and parquet flooring in the living room?

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Date/Time12/7/2012 at 6:58:17 AM

I wouldn't go with Laminate flooring in a cottage. If there is a chance of moisture at all it would swell. The laminate doesn't do well with moisture. I'd think about the vinyl. If it's insulated and no moisture, sure go with laminate.

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Alexander from Top Choice Flooring in Newmarket
Date/Time12/7/2012 at 8:31:32 AM

Vinyl is better. It is more durable for temperature and moisture changes. But Laminate is OK also. Vinyl cost more (click). You can put on top of any hard flooring just use underpad (cheap one) to a avoid knocking sound when you will walk.


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Date/Time12/7/2012 at 8:55:08 AM

It is never reccomended to put new flooring over existing. If you wish to do this it is always best to put down at least a 1/4" underlay. The reasons for this is that if you don't at least do this you will get transference of the old flooring pattern through the new if using vinyl.

Also going over parquet flooring you should either take it up or use 1/2" plywood or you wiill end up with the new floor failing due to a failing floor base. If going over top of the parquet you should glue and screw and this will give you a solid base to put whatever you decide to put down.

Hope this helps and best of luck.

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Margaret in Winnipeg
Date/Time12/7/2012 at 10:09:06 AM

Perfect thank you for your response.

The vinyl that I was looking at indicates that it should be installed in climate controlled location between -18 to -27 celsius and it does not recommend placing cabinets on the flooring. Should I avoid using this type of flooring?

Would there be a reason why cabinets can't go on top of flooring?

This click vinyl tile is the only one I have found that I like but I don't want to regret it in the long run.

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Date/Time12/8/2012 at 10:43:23 AM


Stewart here of Sct Floorcoverings. I would Recomend installing the 12.3mm Distressed Handscraped Laminate flooring with High Density surface-Low cost,Tough, Durable, easy to install has nice country Looks.

Yes it can be installed over the existing floorings,

Best regards-Stewart-

ph# 289-814-3023

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Date/Time12/9/2012 at 5:57:56 PM

Laminate will work, be sure the leave adequate space on the ends of each row.

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Date/Time12/10/2012 at 12:38:47 AM

Hi there wouldn't be a problem installing either over the vinyl I would remove the parquet flooring because it can come apart and could create noise issues like squeaking but other than that it would be fine.

As far as the temperature you can check with the store your purchasing the flooring from.

Hope this helps.


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Date/Time12/12/2012 at 10:29:01 AM

The flooring that would cover any existing floor and not pick up any pattern transfer, have no gluing or underlay required, and no problems with extreme temperatures is fibre floor. It is a sheet vinyl product which would need to be cut in,

Depending on your husband's skills, he may be able to do this himself, or with the savings in product costs, you could have a professional install it for you.

Good Luck with your project.

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