Installing hardwood floors in a mobile home is one of the best flooring options for manufactured homes. There are multiple options for mobile home flooring but I love the look and feel of hardwood to create a rustic farmhouse feel.
There are often a lot of questions about what type of flooring you can lay in a mobile home. We wanted to upgrade our home and after talking with a hardwood flooring company, we chose to install hardwood floors in our home.
What Type of Flooring to Use in a Mobile Home
When installing hardwood floors in a mobile home you can choose from a variety options on the market. We looked at multiple options including vinyl planks and tile.
We ended up choosing to use 2 1/4 inch white oak hardwood flooring. I originally 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.
The hardwood flooring that we used in our home is # 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.
Flooring for Double Wide Mobile Home
When we moved into our mobile 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.
How to Install Hardwood Floors in a Double Wide Mobile Home
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 environment they would be placed in.
- Before laying any hardwood, we placed a moisture barrier paper down.
- Then, we started 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.
- Mobile homes have a marriage wall 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.
Installing hardwood floors in a mobile home was a simple process. It is time consuming and I would highly advise wearing knee pads. I was on my knees a lot laying the flooring in place. It is not the most comfortable part of the remodel process but it is one of the most rewarding.
Since writing this post, we have made quite a few changes to our home. We have moved our double-wide mobile home to the farm, removed the marriage wall and even changed the look of our hardwood floors.