With so many people taking to the road to travel due to COVID, many are turning to RV’s to ride in comfort. After many years of use, the flooring in your RV might be worn down and simply not looking its best. You should be able to tell if you need new flooring based on the appearance of the carpet or old flooring. Carpet has a lifespan that rarely lasts longer than 8 years and if the previous owners of your RV smoked or had pets, then replacing the old flooring will make a huge difference. If your RV has vinyl flooring, you can usually tell that it needs to be replaced by looking for cracks and tears. Signs of water damage is another indication that you need new flooring. Check the ceiling and plumbing to look for leaks if you notice any water damage on the floor. You should also replace the flooring if it looks uneven, if you notice mold or if it seems to creak excessively. What a great time to redo the flooring while it’s getting used. But where do you start? For the best RV flooring, you will need something durable, stylish and most of all, functional.
There are many flooring options for RV’s to choose from, ranging from vinyl to laminate and even carpet tiles. With so many options, here are a few important factors to consider:
- Durability: you will need something that can handle dirt, dust, water and other outdoor elements getting tracked in. Plus, your RV won’t be climate controlled 24/7, so your flooring needs to deal with extreme temperatures.
- Water-resistant: it’s always a good idea to expect the unexpected and protecting your floors from moisture is important.
- Weight: since your RV is already heavy, it doesn’t make sense to add additional weight. Lightweight flooring is always ideal for a camper and RV.
- Cost: if you’re on a budget, you need an affordable option that is also durable enough to last.
- Easy install: there are flooring options that you can install yourself, saving money from hiring a contractor.
The best flooring replacement for your RV is vinyl. It is a versatile material that you can find in tiles, sheets and even planks. They also have simple installation systems so should be a weekend DIY project for most. Vinyl is durable and water resistant. It can be cleaned easily, which makes a huge difference in high-traffic areas (which is most of your RV).
Carpet is another flooring material that is worth considering. It can make it feel more “homey” and is easy to replace. It can absorb sounds, which can be very beneficial, especially if you stay at an RV park. However, carpet requires more maintenance and can be difficult to clean compared to vinyl. You will have to keep in mind that it will need to be replaced again in about 5-8 years.
Laminate flooring is a very affordable option. The material is easy to install and can look and feel similar to vinyl flooring. However, it is not the best replacement flooring because it is very likely to get water damage.
Some RV owners opt for hardwood flooring because it can look more elegant and updated. Hardwood requires a lot more maintenance and it could reduce the fuel efficiency because of the added weight.