Is the flooring in your beloved RV looking a little worse for wear? If so, then it may be time for total flooring replacement. Your RV’s flooring likely takes on some heavy foot traffic—and fresh floors can really give your RV’s living space a refreshed and modern feel.
At the same time, not every flooring type is well-suited for an RV space. By being aware of some of the most important considerations to keep in mind as you shop for new flooring—and by exploring some of the pros and cons of each popular RV flooring type—you’ll be well on your way to a smart flooring purchase.
Top Considerations for RV Flooring
Shopping for RV flooring is not the same as shopping for new flooring for your home. In fact, there are a handful of special considerations that you’ll need to keep in mind as you explore your options.
When you spend a lot of time in the great outdoors, it’s always a good idea to have RV flooring that has some water-resistant qualities. This way, if you’re walking into your RV with muddy boots or wet clothing, you don’t need to worry about damaging your floors. Flooring that is not water-resistant will run into problems over time, including warping and possibly even mould/mildew growth.
In addition to having at least some degree of water-resistance, you’ll want to choose an RV flooring that is durable enough for your lifestyle. And if you’re like most people and store your RV in a place that is not climate-controlled, you’ll need to make sure that your flooring will not warp, buckle, or become otherwise warped when exposed to extreme temperatures. Durability is also important if you like to travel with your pets!
Lightweight flooring is always ideal for an RV because even a little bit of extra weight can really add up when you’re on the road. Adding unnecessary weight to your RV can not only affect your fuel efficiency, but may also lead to premature wear and tear on other parts of the vehicle. Who needs that?
Of course you don’t want to spend more than you need to on your new RV flooring. While you probably don’t have a lot of square footage to cover, you still want to stay within a reasonable budget. And because flooring costs can vary widely from just a few cents per square foot to several dollars per square foot, it’s important to determine what you’re comfortable spending ahead of time. Don’t forget to factor in installation/labour costs, too.
Popular RV Flooring Options
Still not sure where to begin when it comes to your RV flooring options? Consider a few of the most popular flooring types used in RVs today, as well as some of their inherent advantages and drawbacks.
While not water-resistant, carpeting remains a popular choice in some RV spaces (such as separated bedroom areas) due to its plush and cozy feel. It is also very budget-friendly and easy to install. However, it is generally not recommended for high-traffic areas in RVs due to its difficulty to keep clean.
If you’re looking for a waterproof option, don’t overlook vinyl plank flooring. This style has become especially popular in recent years, especially as flooring manufacturers have been able to mimic the look and feel of real wood with vinyl planks.
Vinyl flooring is an excellent choice for an RV because not only is it waterproof when correctly installed, but it is extremely durable and can hold up to lots of wear and tear. It also comes in a wide range of styles and colours to suit your tastes—and in many cases, you can handle the installation yourself.
Another option to consider for your RV is laminate flooring, which comes in both tile and plank form. Like vinyl, laminate can be made to look and feel like real wood. Planks are also very easy to install, with most options offering an interlocking design so there’s no need for glue. Be aware, however, that not all laminate flooring is waterproof or even water-resistant.
Which Flooring is Right For Your RV?
Ultimately, the RV flooring that’s best for you will depend on your budget, lifestyle, and design tastes. However, it’s not uncommon for many RV owners to use some combination of a laminate or vinyl plank in an RV’s main living areas and a budget-friendly carpet in bedroom spaces.