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    FLOORING / LAMINATE ADVICE

    Was opting for real wood floor but not practical enough and laminates seem to have improved a lot.

    I know what shade I want but feeling a bit bamboozled by all the info / types and have no idea how to compare the qualities of them.

    Has to be really hard wearing and ideally guarantee for 10+yrs

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    has to be laminate really as real wood flooring tends to have no guarantee,if you want the best laminate look for laminated that offer an industrial guarantee i.e 1's that offer a guarantee even if used in a workplace

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    Best ask NumptyJ... oh you mean laminated flooring...

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    Get real wood and apply Bona traffic wood floor varnish

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    jamstaruk1972

    has to be laminate really as real wood flooring tends to have no … has to be laminate really as real wood flooring tends to have no guarantee,if you want the best laminate look for laminated that offer an industrial guarantee i.e 1's that offer a guarantee even if used in a workplace




    Good idea. Are laminates graded in this way?

    some are will normally say something like15 year domestic, 10 year commercial guarantee included. obviously the domestic guarantee will always be longer as it wont be taking the pounding it might in a commercial environment

    we recently put down B & Q 10 year guarantee stuff, it replaces the 10 year stuff we had which was still going strong but we had the floor up for building work. Paid about £30 a box minus a discount voucher. I've also got laminate in my office which is 10 years old it was the cheapest stuff on sale and it's just starting to look a tad scratched now where the chair scrapes.
    re the underlay - the big green tiles are better in my opinion and last for ever nearly. The floor with the skimpy plastic feels colder.

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    Expensive = Good
    Cheap = Bad

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    chalkysoil

    we recently put down B & Q 10 year guarantee stuff, it replaces the 10 … we recently put down B & Q 10 year guarantee stuff, it replaces the 10 year stuff we had which was still going strong but we had the floor up for building work. Paid about £30 a box minus a discount voucher. I've also got laminate in my office which is 10 years old it was the cheapest stuff on sale and it's just starting to look a tad scratched now where the chair scrapes. re the underlay - the big green tiles are better in my opinion and last for ever nearly. The floor with the skimpy plastic feels colder.



    Many thanks. Looking at prices, trying to compare sq metre prices to get an idea of total cost

    It's not particularly hard to fit either.

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    [quote=MarzBarz]It's not particularly hard to fit either.[/quote)


    Well it really would be for me, got someone lined up to fit it for me.

    I hear the click types are easier to fit than the tongue and groove........(see, I am learning

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    always go for click ones as T&G/Glue take forever to lay and are messy.

    Karndean flooring is excellent but pricey and needs a perfect sub-floor.

    karndean.co.uk/sit…gXQ


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    csiman

    always go for click ones as T&G/Glue take forever to lay and are … always go for click ones as T&G/Glue take forever to lay and are messy.Karndean flooring is excellent but pricey and needs a perfect sub-floor.http://www.karndean.co.uk/site/home.cfm?gclid=CI_67ty3uaUCFQFO4QoddyOgXQ




    Very interesting. Out and about today and found local supplier so will take a look.

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    Rats.....how can I compare prices / quality when some prices are by sq metre and some per pack??

    iglimpse Rats.....how can I compare prices / quality when some prices … iglimpse Rats.....how can I compare prices / quality when some prices are by sq metre and some per pack??


    they tend to have the price per sqm in big bold letters and the pack price smaller, and will have the pack coverage on the packs too, so say for instance it £10 per sqm and the pack coverage is 2.5 sqm, 2.5 x £10 = £25 per pack.

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    Great stuff thanks


    watch the price of the quadrant edging stuff ( unless you're having the skirting boards off) it can cost as much as the boards oO We bought a really cheap ( ish ) edging, but the dearest floor boards but the colour was a good match. We then got lucky with door thresholds in Topps tiles clearance section.

    I hate laminate, most of it looks cheap and tacky.

    ours looks ok thank you! Live in the countryside and have boots dogs cats and worse traipsing through our dining room to our country kitchen, when I had carpet I felt a lot less hospitable. I've seen some wrecked wood floors where dogs and kids have trashed them, unless you are 100% shabby chic that can look awful.

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    peodude

    I hate laminate, most of it looks cheap and tacky.




    Those were my initial thoughts, until seeing a friend's real wood floor after 6 months....more than just distressed and spends many hours every few months re-oiling etc. And we all have to take off all shoes when going in the house. That is not what I wantX)

    Sorry but life is just toooo short and I have been truly impressed with many low maintenance / high quality laminates.
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