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Andrea Schielka earned a design degree from the esteemed Harrington Institute of Design and has extensive RV sales and service experience. As a Coach Renovation Specialist in the Design Studio at Lazydays, Andrea oversees renovation projects of all sizes and works with RV owners, from concept to completion, helping them to design a coach that perfectly fits their personality and lifestyle.
If you would like to know more about the Lazydays Design Studio or RV renovations, call 866.531.6824.
Flooring upgrades are quickly becoming one of the most popular RV renovation projects. Changing your floors can make a tired, old coach look and feel brand new—without the “brand new” price tag. The possibilities are virtually endless, allowing you to choose the flooring that fits you perfectly.
Mark and Terri Barnwell’s newly upgraded floor
The flooring found at the local home improvement store may work great in your home, but RVs require a higher standard. The rocking and jouncing that occurs as you travel down the highway can cause residential-quality vinyl or engineered wood to crack, shift, or separate at the seams. In the end, it’s much more cost-effective to invest in quality materials that provide longevity and durability.
The color should complement, not dominate, your décor, pulling all the elements together in a way that reflects your personality and sense of style. While there is no right or wrong here, remember fashion trends come and go. What’s in vogue today may not be next year. It’s more important to focus on how the colors make you feel and how they work together with your other design elements.
But, when considering which flooring to choose, texture and finish are just as important as color. If you have kids or pets, you’ll want a surface that’s easy to clean and resistant to the dirt and debris kids and pets bring inside. If you enjoy fishing, hiking or other outdoor activities, consider a durable vinyl. Non-skid surfaces around doors are a good idea for everyone, and a little carpet around the bed is a good idea for folks who use a cane or walker.
Before making your final decision, it’s a good idea to take some samples and live with them a few days. See how they look in your RV in the morning, during the day, and in the evening.
When considering a flooring upgrade, it’s important to remember that the detailed prep work and custom measurements necessary to properly install RV flooring can require more time than the average residential installation. Take your time and make sure all of your measurements are accurate.
The next step is to prepare the surface. A smooth, clean subfloor is a must before new flooring can be installed. Damaged subfloors can be repaired or replaced, but it’s helpful to tell your designers ahead of time if you suspect your subfloor may be damaged.
Once the subfloor is in proper shape, your beautiful, new flooring can be installed safely and properly.
If the floors in your RV are out of shape or you just want a new look, consider giving them a makeover. A flooring upgrade can mean the difference between having an RV that feels closed-in and cluttered and one that feels like home.
Mark and Terri Barnwell recently upgraded the floors in their Tiffin Phaeton at the Lazydays Design Center and couldn’t be more pleased. “I wish we had done this years ago,” says Terri Barnwell. “I don’t have to worry about the dogs or the kids, and it’s so much easier for me to keep clean. It looks like a brand new coach!” BRV