Suitable flooring for renovating a rail car with wood heat

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Posted by: from Winnipeg
9/15/2016 at 9:51:48 PM

We have an old rail car that we wish to renovate for a cottage. We live in Manitoba and have hot summers and cold winters. What kind of floor would be good to use that could tolerate being unheated and then heated periodically? We do not want carpet.

Thanks for your help.

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Date/Time9/15/2016 at 10:05:28 PM

I think that Cork would be a suitable option. It is typically a natural cork, very low maintenance. Worth a look.

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Ernie from Edj Decorating in Winnipeg
Date/Time9/15/2016 at 11:40:51 PM

Tiles around the wood stove wall and floor then a nice laminate or vinyl plank floor for the rest because of the moisture and changing conditions of weather.

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Date/Time9/15/2016 at 11:51:07 PM

You can expect lots of expansion and contraction so a thick subfloor and along with the other responder vynal plank is probably the best.

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Date/Time9/16/2016 at 7:48:49 AM

Porcelain tile is a good option, you would put Ditra under it.

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Kathy in Winnipeg
Date/Time9/16/2016 at 11:03:01 AM

Thank you all so much, it is great to know that we have those options. This site is an awesome resource - very much appreciated!

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