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Old 03-11-2012, 08:28 AM   #1
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I did a search and didn't find anything... Has anyone used aluminum for flooring material instead of wood or vinyl? Is there a reason not to?
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:22 AM   #2
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COLD FEET!

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I agree! That would be pretty cold in the winter and also probably radiate heat through the floor in the summer.
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Old 03-11-2012, 09:55 PM   #5
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Well, my plan was insulation, the aluminum and then carpet.... but maybe its a bad idea. Wood just seems so heavy and prone to moisture issues.
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Wood just seems so heavy and prone to moisture issues.
Depends on the wood. I'm using .332" thick plywood over ridged foam. At that thickness it's not too heavy. I'm also wondering about the moisture issue. Thinking about deck sealer. Haven't made up my mind yet.
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Old 03-11-2012, 10:52 PM   #7
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WVvan.... I have been reading your Hal van build info. Did you look into B-Quiet sound deadener at all? I picked up my E250 yesterday and am anxious to get moving on it, but don't want to re-do things if I can help it.
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I would not use sheet aluminum as the final exposed floor finish. It will over time loose it finish and you will have grey socks fast if you take your boots off in the van. It will also scratch pretty easily and is pretty loud to walk on and does not help absorb road noise. Dogs will not like it - no grip. Rhyno liner would be an improvement for durability but can have a long term odor.
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:59 AM   #9
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I put down a layer of rubber matting as my first floor layer to help cut road noise but didn't do anything else for sound deadening. I was more worried about a thermal layer. I've found that with a wall layer of first Reflectix then foam then fiberboard then headliner material I also ended up with sound deadening.
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