Laminate isn t fastened to the subfloor so it can float on top.
Laminate floor in unheated space.
Unlike wooden floors laminate is less likely to expand or contract which makes it a popular choice for an unheated space.
If these conditions aren t met laminate floors can cup from excessive moisture.
The exterior grade stuff usually contains chemicals preservatives that are considered illegal when used indoors.
Here in georgia the uv rays from the sun can be pretty.
Hi any thoughts and idea for flooring on cement in an unheated sunroom off the unheated garage.
I think i can expand on bretts post.
When properly installed in an unheated cottage where temperatures drop to 40c a good quality vinyl floor should give years of beauty and enjoyment.
I have a problem with vinyl planks in an unheated space.
We have seen it go wrong many many times.
However it fades in bright consistent sunlight and so you should buy linoleum that is uv protected.
As long as there is enough space for the natural reaction it should be fine.
However if your porch tends to be a moist damp area you should consider a different type of flooring because moisture can cause damage to laminate.
It s also a cost effective solution easy to clean and durable.
Laminate floors can be installed above crawl spaces but as with wood floors the crawl space must be covered with an appropriate vapor barrier and have proper ventilation.
A uv protected laminate will help to protect from this.
The vinyl will shrink in the cold but so will the cottage foundation and all.
And exterior grade sheathing can be an off gassing nightmare.
Laminate is also more stable than natural wood when it comes to changes in humidity.
The whole geographic area will shrink in the winter cold and then expand back to origanal size in the spring.
I have the laminate wood looking floor in my cabin unheated winters this is the snap together stuff that floats on a thin foam pad.
Plus a laminate floor expands and contracts as a whole so unlike hardwood it doesn t leave gaps between planks or around nails.
The laws of physics come into play here.
Therefore you can pick a high quality laminate floor and still get you a long lasting investment for years to come.
Poor quality vinyl improperly installed is like poor quality wood and poor quality ceramic poorly installed.
Spending the weekend pulling up smelly glued down berber carpeting.
Like laminate linoleum is easy to install.
They will all be adversely affected by extreme conditions.
The whole floor will expand and contract as one single piece moving very little and only at the edges.