Navigating Flooring Challenges in Mobile Homes: Insights from Harrow Floor Gallery

Renovating the flooring in a mobile or modular home comes with unique challenges, particularly when it comes to dealing with moisture and the structural integrity of the subfloor. In this blog Chuck Harrow, owner of Harrow Floor Gallery, shares some valuable insights and experiences from a recent project that highlights the importance of careful planning and execution in mobile home flooring updates.

Understanding Moisture Issues |

In mobile homes, one of the most common problems we encounter is moisture damage to the subfloor, which often goes unnoticed until it becomes severe. Mobile and modular homes typically have a vapor barrier underneath, but over time, moisture can accumulate between this barrier and the subfloor. It’s not always due to an obvious leak; sometimes, moisture seeps in from less noticeable sources, leading homeowners to discover significant damage unexpectedly.

For instance, in one of our projects, the homeowner was alarmed to find that they were literally falling through the floor. This wasn’t due to any overt leak; rather, moisture had collected over time and caused the subfloor to rot away silently beneath the surface. This case underscores the critical nature of addressing moisture control and barrier integrity during the flooring renovation process.

The Importance of Proper Subfloor Preparation |

Before laying new flooring in a mobile home, it is crucial to thoroughly inspect and prepare the subfloor. If there’s existing moisture damage, as we saw in the aforementioned project, the damaged areas must be completely removed and replaced with new, sturdy materials. Only then can we ensure a solid foundation for the new flooring.

Choosing the Right Flooring Materials |

Lightweight materials like luxury vinyl tile (LVT) and laminate are ideal for mobile homes. They provide the look and feel of more traditional flooring options without adding excessive weight. Additionally, these materials can better withstand the shifts and movements typical in mobile homes, provided they are installed with a floating technique to allow for natural expansion and contraction.

Seamless Installation |

In our recent project, we documented the transformation through a time-lapse installation, showcasing each step from tearing out the rotted subfloor to laying down the new vinyl planks. This visual record not only demonstrates our meticulous approach but also the dramatic difference that quality flooring can make in a mobile home.

Are You Considering a Mobile Home Flooring Update?

At Harrow Floor Gallery, we understand the nuances of mobile home renovations and offer specialized solutions to tackle moisture issues, subfloor repairs, and the selection of suitable flooring materials. If you’re noticing signs of wear or moisture in your flooring, don’t wait for the problem to escalate. Fill out our inquiry form on our website today at Our expert team is ready to assess your situation, provide professional advice, and deliver a flooring solution that revitalizes your mobile home’s interior. Let us help you achieve a safe, beautiful, and durable flooring upgrade.

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