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What is the Best Floor for a Cabin?

Dear Bob and Betsy,
I have a cabin that I use off and on throughout the year and we’re looking to make a few upgrades. The cabin is not temperature regulated when we are not there. What is the best floor for this type of usage?
– Ron G.

Dear Ron,

That is a great question! We often don’t think about how temperature affects our flooring, but it can lead to major issues. Humidity and drastic changes in any wood-based flooring, such as laminate or engineered hardwood, can leave you with gaps and/or buckling planks.

For a cabin that is not temperature regulated, we would recommend a vinyl plank floor. Vinyl planks are a synthetic material that are waterproof and do not shift with temperature change. This flooring is also anti-slip, scratch resistant and affordable.

Most indoor vinyl floors will only have a warranty that covers temperature controlled spaces. If you are concerned about upholding a warranty, you will want to look at vinyl options that are suitable for indoor and outdoor usage.

Vinyl plank flooring is easy to install and comes in a variety of looks, such as wood, tile and stone. Find a rustic look with a hand scraped texture or a subtle stone look to match your cabin’s appeal. You can choose from a floating vinyl plank, a glue down vinyl plank or a loose lay vinyl floor. This can be a quick project that creates a beautiful look for years.

Learn more about vinyl flooring here:

Contact a flooring expert for additional information on vinyl plank flooring! Call 800-520-0961 or email: support@bestlaminate.com.

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6 comments

  1. Dear Bob and Betsy, I am installing laminate flooring. There was padding in good condition from the old carpet. I left it on and bought padded laminate flooring. Is this a bad idea to put the laminate flooring on top of the old padding. I’m thinking extra padding will be better. What’s your thoughts?

    • Ashley Tolfo

      Hi Kathy, You should never install laminate flooring over the old carpet padding. Carpet underlayment is too thick and can risk damaging your locking system on your new flooring. You can read more in our blog article, “Can I Install Laminate Flooring Over Carpet Underlayment?“.

      Since you purchased laminate flooring that has padding attached, you do not need to purchase any extra underlayment. If you are installing over concrete, you should install a vapor barrier, such as Visqueen. If you need additional help with your installation, please send us an email at support@bestlaminate.com or call at 800-520-0961 and we will be happy to help!

  2. Hi Bob and Betsy,

    That is a recommendation we received for our non-temperature regulated home in N. MN. However, I found that the warranty is voided for some of these planks. Do you have suggestions on planks that will not void a warranty and handle the toughness of negative temps in the winter?

    http://www.homedepot.com/p/LifeProof-8-7-in-x-47-6-in-Burnt-Oak-Luxury-Vinyl-Plank-Flooring-20-06-sq-ft-case-I966103L/300461617

    http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/pdfImages/ba/baefbc88-8fae-4015-9ed4-2ff81b1b6d4e.pdf

    Thanks.
    DL

    • Alana Kane

      Hi DL, thanks for the question! You are correct – most indoor vinyl warranties will state the planks should be installed in a temperature controlled environment. Our recommendation would be to look into indoor/outdoor vinyl floors if you want to maintain a warranty. We will revise our post to include this important information! Thank you for bringing this information to light. Hope this helps!

  3. Taylored Improvements

    There is certainly a lot to find out about this topic. I really like all of the points you made. You made some good points there. I checked on the net to learn more about the issue.

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