Flooring is one of the most important parts of a home. It is the foundation of good design, protection from cold and an essential way to update your home. Not surprisingly, mobile home flooring is a tricky endeavor, especially if you’re in an older model home. You are probably not going to get anything perfectly squared  in an older mobile home. To be fair you’re not going to find to many square walls or floors in any older home though.

Some of the biggest issues in mobile home flooring are moisture damage, walls separating from the floor, bowing and sagging (although moisture is usually the reason for this as well). We recently had to replace sub-flooring in our hallway. Thankfully, it was a cheap and easy fix.

I’m currently on a mission to find the best flooring options for mobile homes. I want discount wood flooring or laminate flooring in every room except the bathroom. A dark walnut perhaps or a pink bamboo? The decisions are almost to much to bare!

I want tile in my bathroom, what kind exactly, is a tough decision. I’ve been researching tile in order to make sure I get the type that best fits my families lifestyle. Flooring is a sound investment in every home and I plan on making the smartest investment possible. I  have recently found out that tiles are rated from low to high in wear ability. It’s only smart to buy the highest rating for flooring, especially if it’s in a bathroom.

Ceramic tile contains feldspar and clay. The color is achieved from the glaze used on the surface during firing. There is also natural clay tiles, also known as Terra-cotta. I happen to know that natural unglazed terra-cotta absorbs water so it must be the glaze applied that makes it water resistant. The reddish orange color comes from the clay itself. There is also a white clay that is used in tile making. Ceramic is available in several finishes: high gloss, glass and matte.

Porcelain tile is a kind of ceramic tile. Porcelain contains a mineral called kaolin. Kaolin makes the tile very dense and strong. It would be a great choice for any high-traffic area in your home.

Stone tile is usually made from travertine, limestone, slate, sandstone, marble, and granite. Natural stone options are not perfect but that’s what makes them so beautiful in my opinion.When buying stone tiles it is smart to buy all that your going to need at one time. By purchasing in lots at the same time, you have a better chance that they all came from the same seam and at the same depth of the cut. Don’t forget to include a 10% overage allowance in case of breakage and installation mistakes.

With all the options available for flooring. It’s a wonder anyone ever narrows their choices down. If you’re anything like me, you’re going to change your mind several times. Lots of researching and price comparing is the only rational option for anyone about to invest in flooring. I hope you have an easier time than I have had.

I will eventually find the perfect flooring at the perfect price. Since I have it narrowed down to tile and wood I have gotten past the first decision, it should be all downhill from here. Of course, I could change my mind, again!

I’ll let you know when the final decision has been made.

As always, thanks for reading Mobile & Manufactured Home Living!

4 Responses

  1. Tish Ybarra

    We have a 1979 something or other moble home. When we first bought it we actually couldn't use the larger of the 2 bedrooms, because the floor was rotted. We in a hurry put burber carpet in the 10'x10' bdrm and our queen size bed barely fit, with the built in closet and dresser. We tuffed it out till spring and replaced the floor, sub floor and all in the larger bedroom. We used a laminate, "lock n seal" advanced flooring in a brazialan cherry. I quite like its color, price and ease of use. The only problem I have with it is, it rained unexpectedly one day and I had the windows open, one spot on the edge of the flooring bubbled a little. Not bad damage for what it is, it now just makes me a little over cautious. I would love to share pics as our remodel comes along.
    We turned our smaller bedroom into an office that we are kinda proud of. We will be working on our kitchen in April.

  2. CrystalMHL

    Tish, I would certainly LOVE to have your pics! I am always looking
    for mobile home remodels to share and help others see what is possible
    with a mobile home! Send them to me:
    crystaladkins@mobilehomeliving.org..Thanks so much, I have been asked
    a few times if laminate is good for bathrooms and kitchens and I think
    it all depends if the top layer is \”waterproof\” some are and some
    aren't. Also with floating floor I don't think it would be a good idea
    as the floor does just \”float\” over the sub-flooring and water can get
    in between them…thanks so much for your warning..Good ole' vinyl is
    probably the best bet in any water prone areas guys!!! Sorry about
    your little spot, in any remodel nothing ever goes perfectly..hope to
    hear from you!

  3. Janelle

    I have heard conflicting reports of tile in manufactured homes… some say ‘no way,’ others say, it’s just fine. Do you have any feedback on this? I have a 2005 manufactured home that is level with good subflooring…

    • Crystal Adkins

      Hi Janelle!

      I do have a few words of advice when it comes to tile.

      Most importantly, I believe tile should only be used in homes that will never be moved again. If there’s a chance the home will have to be moved I’d go with vinyl.

      I recommend tile only be used in small rooms or spaces such as bathrooms, small kitchens, and entry ways and I never like to see tile being used over the marriage line – shifting, moving, and settling can cause a lot of headaches. I’ve noticed that manufactured homes that have been sitting for a few years have the least amount of issue. Adding tile to a newly installed home is kinda asking for trouble in my humble opinion.

      If you’re using tile near water you should always spend the extra money to buy the best backer board, waterproof membrane, and/or grout that you can afford. There’s been a lot of advancement in tile technology in the last 10 years so you’ll be able to find specialized products for just about any installation.

      If you have kids (or messy adults) you may want to pass on smaller tiles and go for the larger sized tiles around the tub and shower. It’s probably best to leave the small tile for accents.

      That’s about it. Tile is a great material. Heck, it’s been used in home building for thousands of years. Most people don’t like tile in manufactured homes because of the movement and settling but it’s 2014 and thankfully the tile industry has came up with some remarkable products that remedy most of the old issues. I’ve even seen specialized tile for RV’s and travel trailers!

      Good luck!


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