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Laminate flooring / application on walls- over insulation.


Old 06-20-15, 12:22 PM
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Laminate flooring / application on walls- over insulation.

We want to apply laminate flooring to wall area, over batt insulation (no drywall). We have been told by laminate seller to NOT use any finishing nails to flooring product as it needs to be able to expand and contract with room temperature.
Is there any of you that have first-hand experience in this application?
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Old 06-20-15, 02:39 PM
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Use paneling as it is designed to be used for your purpose. Laminate is and always will be a floating floor that expands and contracts and will fail if any mechanical fasteners are used to hold it in place. If you nailed it down on a floor, it would buckle. Therefore, it would do the same on your wall. It is not designed for the application you desire.
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Just a really, really bad idea on several levels.
If it was my job there would be a 6 mil. vapor barrier, 1/2" sheet rock that's taped and finished at least one coat then engineered flooring that's both glued and stapled or nailed to the studs.
Any T & G siding would also work if you prefinish before installing.
Old 06-20-15, 03:14 PM
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I would never apply flooring on a wall. It just isn't made for that application. There are T&G products out there as well as paneling. Using a 3/4" T&G product, you can forego installing the sheetrock, but sheet goods will need some sort of backing or it will wave. Even if you could get flooring on a wall, especially laminate, it would bow and wave before you got half of it up.
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Bet your local fire codes will call for sheetrock behind whatever is applyed to the wall.
All seams must fall on a stud.
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I wouldn't use laminate flooring on a floor where it's intended to be used. One more vote for not doing this at all.

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