Installing Hardwood Floors in a Manufactured Home
There are often a lot of questions about what type of flooring you can lay in a manufactured home. Most times when a manufactured home is purchased it will have carpet and linoleum. We wanted to upgrade our home and after talking with a hardwood flooring company, we chose to go with hardwood floors. A manufactured home is assembled and brought out to a location in two separate pieces. It is then put together on site and they are also known as a double-wide or modular home.
What Type of Hardwood Flooring to Use in a Manufactured Home
We chose to use 2 1/4 inch white oak hardwood flooring. I orginally wanted wide plank boards but was advised that they may not last as long and may have more issues with buckling and warping over time. We also chose to go with #3 grade hardwood. They are cheaper than the #1 or #2 grade and I wanted the more rustic feel with the knots and holes showing.
How to Install Hardwood Floors in a Manufactured Home
When we moved into our manufactured home, there was carpet in almost every room. We ripped out the carpet before we moved in because the previous tenants had animals, and the carpets were beyond saving.
These are the steps that we took when laying our hardwood flooring.
We purchased our hardwood flooring and allowed in to sit in the house for approximately two weeks before we installed it. This was so that the boards could acclimate to the new enviroment they would be placed in.
Before laying any hardwood, we placed a moisture barrier paper down.
Then, we got busy installing the hardwood floors. We left a very small gap between the wall and the boards and used a floor nailing gun to lay the boards.
Manufactured homes have a marriage line where the two sides of the house meet. We didn’t lay hardwoods across the marriage line because there is more of chance that the boards could warp or bow in that area. Instead, we will be using a piece that is designed to go between two floors in order to fill the small space around the marriage line.
Our hardwood flooring was purchased from a local company called Vermillion Hardwood Flooring out of Springfield Missouri