Vinyl Flooring for your Boat

The carpet on my boat was beyond repair. It was old, tired and would not perk up no matter how many times I steam-cleaned it. It was done. I am really not crazy about carpet on a boat but there weren’t that many options years ago when I decided to replace the carpet with more carpet. This time I decided to do a little homework and discovered a new PVC product from Uberhaus called loose lay, vinyl, narrow planks. They are waterproof, safety click for easy installation and 100% recyclable. When I removed the carpet, the flooring beneath was uneven, raw fiberglass, so I had to install a plywood sub-floor. The planks were easy to cut and fit together nicely. The finished product is spectacular and it makes the whole galley look bigger and new again. The product retails at Rona for $49 per box (18 sq. ft.) and my galley took 3.5 boxes. I have been using it for about two months now and it is holding up really well, even with the dog.

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  1. Monica on August 15, 2015 at 8:43 am

    They really turned out nice! did you have to finish the edges with quarter round?

  2. admin on August 15, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    No, it fit flush with the carpet on the sides. I still have to find a matching transition for the front stateroom door – the finishing touch.

  3. admin on July 23, 2018 at 10:04 am

    Just a quick update. Home Depot now carries LifeProof vinyl plank flooring that is scratch resistant and completely waterproof. A realistic wood-look floor that is now even easier to install.

  4. MARC LUPIEN on January 21, 2019 at 7:24 am

    Wondering if this would resist winter cold storage? any glue necessary?

    • admin on March 18, 2021 at 11:08 am

      I have had the flooring installed for six years. It gets pretty cold in Vancouver, BC and the floor is holding up well. No glue.

  5. Ira S. Klein on March 18, 2021 at 9:02 am

    According to the lifeproof installation guide, they say not to install their product in a boat. Has to be temperature controlled, so unless you heat the cabin all winter and air condition it all summer, there could be a problem. Also, you void the warranty if you glue the product, which you would have to do on hatches.

    • admin on March 18, 2021 at 11:07 am

      I have had the flooring installed for six years. I don’t have air conditioning but I do have an air humidifier and fan during the off-season when the boat is sitting in the water. I don’t have hatches in my galley so there was no need for glue.

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