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    Looking for wood flooring AND NOW VINYL.... any advice please?

    Hi guys, I bought a house recently(wohoo!) and I am looking into getting wood flooring for downstairs but haven't got a clue on what to look for so I would appreciate any advice going please please please?

    I know there is laminate flooring and solid wood flooring and karndean floorcoverings, has anyone got any experince on what is best or worst? And would anyone recommend anywhere to buy the stuff from?

    Thanks all.

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    If you like to wear stilettos around the house go for laminate and not real wood. :whistling:

    i like the laminate flooring, thats the one we have in our house, i think best thing to do is just go to a shop and take samples and see what suits your house to be honest, i had about 10 samples before i told my mum to just pick one lol

    We picked a marble effect laminate for the kitchen end of last year from B & Q - slightly different to the usual wood look or mock tile etc.

    Really pleased with it. :thumbsup:

    i have laminated (with my Dad being the skilled resource!) two houses with laminate -- thoruogly recomended for resilience and good looks! floors2go (]here) were my last supplier and its been v. good to date...

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    thanks guys.

    ...and i paid about £16 p/m (but that was quite a nice one)

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    dt_matthews;1560913

    ...and i paid about £16 p/m (but that was quite a nice one)




    Thanks DT. Did floors2go fit your flooring as well? If so, were they any good?

    It's easy to fit yourself, just don't hold down one end of the board with your foot with socks on...

    Happysteveo;1560950

    Thanks DT. Did floors2go fit your flooring as well? If so, were they … Thanks DT. Did floors2go fit your flooring as well? If so, were they any good?



    did it with my old man, not diff until you get to irregular shapes (toilets) or untrue walls!!!

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    Browni;1560968

    It's easy to fit yourself, just don't hold down one end of the board with … It's easy to fit yourself, just don't hold down one end of the board with your foot with socks on...



    Nothing's easy for me! :oops:

    Wood flooring is the best, that's why it's twice the price of "Laminate". :w00t:

    There is a halfway product called "Engineered wood".

    I went for Quick Step 950 for pretty much my entire house. Nearly £20 a sq mtr at the time, but lasted exceptionally well after 5 years and glad I did it. Of course if you get the cheap B&Q stuff it wont last at all, but then you pay your moneys and take your choice I suppose.

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    Best advice -

    Living in the house for less than 5 years?

    Get laminate - very cheap and looks ok but any estate agent will tell you it actually devalues the property

    Living in the house for more than 5 years?

    get real wood - costs 3 times the price but looks fantastic and adds value.

    BTW, I have laminate all over my ground floor and have regretted it ever since it went down.

    You get used to it but never lose that feeling that its cheap and nasty and just mulched wood covered with a bit of photocopied wallpaper.

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    Thanks everyone, looking into engineered wood flooring as well now, will go to floors2go tomorrow. :thumbsup:

    if you live by morecambe bay have a walk along the beech there's loads of packs of oak flooring and it's good quality stuff seems to be still intact with no water damage :lol::lol:

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    Thanks for the heads up but I'm in cornwall, boo hoo.

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    Now I am looking into Vinyl as well, does anyone have any experience of this at all? Thanks.

    Real wood if your own house,me we just got 2 rooms with laminated but I just rent. Carpets are cosier but not good with asthma/excema.

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    Thank you Mum.

    Lol i repeatedly have asked my mum if i can have laminate flooring in my room due to my asthma and excema and she still refuses saying itll make it worse as my room will be colder

    beware of engineered wood as one day youll come down in the morning and youll have a mountain in the middle of the floor.
    laminate or real wood is best and laminate only feels cheap if it is cheap .anything over £17m2 should be pretty decent.mine was nearly £25m2 but looks as good as real wood and has been down for nearly 4 years.

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    magicdamo;1569341

    beware of engineered wood as one day youll come down in the morning and … beware of engineered wood as one day youll come down in the morning and youll have a mountain in the middle of the floor.laminate or real wood is best and laminate only feels cheap if it is cheap .anything over £17m2 should be pretty decent.mine was nearly £25m2 but looks as good as real wood and has been down for nearly 4 years.




    Aha, advice taken on board, thanks Magic. :thumbsup:

    i work for allied, and sell real wood , laminate and vinyl, theres adavtages of all three, all depends on what you want to spend really and how long you going to be staying there, real wood obviously more expensive, avoid cheap real wood floorings, your better going for a better quality laminate flooring, real wood tends to cost more to fit than laminate, pergo and quickstep are two of the best laminate brands. cushionfloor (vinyl) is good too, easy to clean and look after and gives a good effect. im more of a carpet expert, but if u want some more advice, questions etc pm me

    manzi;1565672

    Lol i repeatedly have asked my mum if i can have laminate flooring in my … Lol i repeatedly have asked my mum if i can have laminate flooring in my room due to my asthma and excema and she still refuses saying itll make it worse as my room will be colder



    lol she refusing cos of cost probably and hassle of buying it and laying it ( not recommended for rooms that are not even best get proffesional cos ain't as easy as looks )
    If you get good underlay it won't make any difference really to warmth,carpets look and feel cosier but where asthma and excema concerned for some who have it getting rid of carpets is best way to go. Get blinds too instead of curtains.

    What you choose may also depend on what your are laying the flooring on. If concrete, then a laminate is cheaper and easier to lay than solid wood (which will need special glue at around £60 for a 5 litre tin).

    Even with the extra expense I'd go for solid wood - just feels a whole lot classier and every plank is unique (ie some laminates look like a pattern). Make sure it is laid properly though.

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    gari189;1570678

    What you choose may also depend on what your are laying the flooring on. … What you choose may also depend on what your are laying the flooring on. If concrete, then a laminate is cheaper and easier to lay than solid wood (which will need special glue at around £60 for a 5 litre tin).Even with the extra expense I'd go for solid wood - just feels a whole lot classier and every plank is unique (ie some laminates look like a pattern). Make sure it is laid properly though.



    Thanks for that Gari :thumbsup:

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    intenso100;1569778

    i work for allied, and sell real wood , laminate and vinyl, theres … i work for allied, and sell real wood , laminate and vinyl, theres adavtages of all three, all depends on what you want to spend really and how long you going to be staying there, real wood obviously more expensive, avoid cheap real wood floorings, your better going for a better quality laminate flooring, real wood tends to cost more to fit than laminate, pergo and quickstep are two of the best laminate brands. cushionfloor (vinyl) is good too, easy to clean and look after and gives a good effect. im more of a carpet expert, but if u want some more advice, questions etc pm me



    Thank you very much, will send you a pm shortly.
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