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Old 08-24-2015, 06:08 PM   #1
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Does anyone have experience with installing laminate flooring and whether it will buckle in humid environments? My yurt is in western Washington and humidity is regularly 70%+. I only go there on the weekends so not a lot of control of the humidity and temp. I figured that with it being free floating in a 24' diameter yurt it might be ok. But looking for anyone's experience or advice before I install

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Old 08-25-2015, 07:55 AM   #2
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Default Re: Laminate flooring in high humidity

The only time I ever heard of laminate warping is when it is actually soaked with water.
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Old 08-25-2015, 08:54 AM   #3
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I know it's used in typical homes in western washington. You might ask an installer if they've ever done it for a weekend cabin or such, especially up in the mountains or on the islands/sound.
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It's engineered flooring, not a tree that's been milled to dimension. As such I'll -guess- there won't be a problem. Real wood strip flooring needs aclimated. Guys installing laminate here in dry CO unbox it and immediately install it. FWIW
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Your floating laminate floor should be fine as long as it is installed properly with no fasteners through it. Since you will not be there much of the time you should vent the interior of the yurt prior to closing it up and leaving. This can be done easily by warming the interior (warm air holds more water vapor and rises) and opening the

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for a while. The warm moist air will rise up and out of the yurt. You can then shut down the heat and close up the yurt.
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Old 09-05-2015, 05:58 PM   #6
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I used to sell vinyl flooring for commercial projects. Another very good option to consider is luxury vinyl tile (LVT). It's not floating or engineered, but rather a fairly thin flooring that has many wood or stone options (not real; but in effect). You can use a contact adhesive over a smooth subfloor (like plywood). Water will not impact it, especially if you use contact adhesive. I would recommend a commercial quality instead of residential (maybe $3.00 to $5.00/sf) depending how you can purchase it; whether it's through a wholesaler or retailer.
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