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laminate flooring

So the boss tells me we are having laminate flooring downstairs.

Looking for recommendations for the above the criteria being it needs to be kid and dog proof. So scratch and water resistant would be a bonus as would a textured type so as to avoid doggy drifting and the inevitable visit to the vets.

Easy to lay is also a bonus as funds are tight so i will be attempting the laying myself

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the only thing I would say is try and get it fitted under the old or new skirting boards looks far better than bits of moulding round the edges

where u based

Kronospan Amazona is good. Just had it fitted. It AC5 graded, the highest grading for scratch resistance.

There are other Kronospan and Kronotex lines that are AC5 rated but the Amazona was the best balance between price and quality at £9.99 a square metre

Well most are click lock style fitting these days with a variety of prices depending on wood type and thickness.Youtube will have some videos if you want to do research on fitting.

Yes, most are click and lock, no glueing. If it is not, then avoid as there are so many other alternatives

arachnoid

Well most are click lock style fitting these days with a variety of … Well most are click lock style fitting these days with a variety of prices depending on wood type and thickness.Youtube will have some videos if you want to do research on fitting.



but there is click lock and there is click lock!

did hall / kitchen / utility years ago and it was easy to fit

did bedroom a few years ago with textured stuff from B&Q and it was a b1tch to lay!!! it would no slide and lock - had to ve angled to get it to engage - which is a real pain because end up having to try and tilt and lock a whole room length in one go - not easy I can tell you.

Best to buy one pack and try it's layability first

EliTom

Bl1ng

Kronospan Amazona is good. Just had it fitted. It AC5 graded, the highest … Kronospan Amazona is good. Just had it fitted. It AC5 graded, the highest grading for scratch resistance.There are other Kronospan and Kronotex lines that are AC5 rated but the Amazona was the best balance between price and quality at £9.99 a square metre



This is the one I fitted: Kronotex Amazona

It can be found through online flooring specialists for around £9.99/sq m

Quickstep flooring is amazing. Just had it fitted in mine and its fab and looks like real wood flooring as its beveled and grained too , also water proof and 15 year guarantee x
Edited by: "suzieq11" 11th Dec 2014

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Based in York @theshepard83

Not sure i want to be removing skirting boards @ninegt knowing my luck i would pull of half a wall worth of plaster

I can see me fitting it being a disaster given i can'T saw in a straight line


Edited by: "carl19692" 11th Dec 2014

If you can stretch your budget a little then I'd go for solid wood flooring, Or maybe as a slightly cheaper option Engineered wood.

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We already have wood floorboards but they are not good enough of course. How spending money to recreate what is already there makes it better is beyond me

quick step is considered one of the best. Wouldn't get the cheap packs of laminate flooring again after getting this fitted.
Edited by: "dave859" 11th Dec 2014

carl19692

We already have wood floorboards but they are not good enough of course. … We already have wood floorboards but they are not good enough of course. How spending money to recreate what is already there makes it better is beyond me



It's like laminate, Click together but made from solid wood.

Seriously? Laminate is like THE worst flooring out there, I have never come across a decent laminate floor. It looks fake, it feels like plastic, why does the 'boss' want laminate?

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Easier to keep clean with kids and dogs @Bigfootpete

Laminate isn't the most water resistant flooring out there. My house flooded a couple of months ago and while I managed to dry the place out as quickly as i could, the laminate flooring was warped and knackered and had to be replaced. If its likely to get wet, go for vinyl as it's more resistant to moisture and easy to clean, lay and has better grip.
Just my thoughts.

ninegt

the only thing I would say is try and get it fitted under the old or new … the only thing I would say is try and get it fitted under the old or new skirting boards looks far better than bits of moulding round the edges

Couldn't agree more i ripped off my skirting boards off and replaced with 4 inch ones a lot tidier

costco does a single type laminate that says highest grade in all with added foam backing and it's quite reasonable price too.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-V_T-4rQFsuY/UwPRdbcs1pI/AAAAAAAANrU/Wyk9T5qNaA4/w737-h553-no/20140218_175352.jpg

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-NsqNZoD8A9s/UwPRfRNgeDI/AAAAAAAANrg/O0CgbepRxWw/w737-h553-no/20140218_175502.jpg
Edited by: "setdosa" 12th Dec 2014

But it's AC3 rated. If you want the highest rating for scratch resistance, you need to go for AC5

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Ended up getting this one which is AC3 rated. Helped that we had some love to shop vouchers. It is likely to be down for 18 months, Probably be taken it up and moving it with us, so we went with just the 2mm foam underlay for now onto a wooden floor.

Sadly no Costco nearby @setdosa and i don't have a card

homebase.co.uk/en/…120
Edited by: "carl19692" 13th Dec 2014
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