Karndean (or similar) looselay vinyl

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  1. lizzy

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    Has anyone got any first hand experience into whether it is any good long-term? It sounds great, but feels a bit too good to be true. Something like this:

    Discover our Looselay Wood and Stone collection | Karndean

    We've got a bungalow, approx. 120m^2. We fully refurbed it a few years ago and currently have Polyflor click type vinyl tiles all way through with no joints. They haven't really lasted but that is mostly due to my error when laying. The error on my part was we have underfloor heating, but its an overlay system. So its polypipe cement type boards with the pipes laid in. The vinyl tiles have cracked and deformed slightly where multiple pipes come together and leave a slight void in the surface. I thought they would be strong enough to bridge the gap. Over time they have gone with traffic. So I need to lift and replace. At the same time I will locally fill the voids and make the subfloor flat and level.

    We need to replace with something. Don't want ceramic tiles as its a suspended wooden floor underneath (albeit now with approx 35mm of 'board') and I'd be constantly worried about tiles cracking. Don't want to replace like-for-like as I don't want to have to take all the skirting off (I put it on and it isn't going to come off easily!), and don't want beading. Would like engineered oak, but don't want it for previous reason. So, after researching, looselay looks like the answer to our prayers, but it does sound too good to be true. Anyone offer any experience?
     
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    we had karndean put down in the hall 4 or 5 years ago and we've been very happy with it, quite expensive but seems hard wearing.
    ours isnt loose though, it was all glued down onto a plywood base.
     
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    Floating LVT is a great priduct but needs to be laid on the correct, thin, but very dense LVT underlay system (Enigineered and Laminate Underlays are not suitable) to support the tiles correctly. Worth looking at Parador Solid as a product as well. With a floating system, you'll need door thresholds in each doorway, especially with UFH. Stairrods Uk have some really fantastic door bars for LVT Click flooring well worth a look.
     
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    Awful product if you Loose lay it. Not good if any direct sunlight on it. When I’ve fitted it I’ve fully glued it with HT adhesive
     
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    Thanks all so far for the responses. We've got plenty to consider. So much so that I am wondering about ceramic tiles now!:eek:

    If that is the case it does make you wonder what is the point of it.
     
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    Easy to sell for Karndean. Good for overlaying Old vinyl or LVT floors with not much direct sunlight on there.
     
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    I'm still looking at possible solutions. I requested various samples of these interlocking tiles. It solves the problems over gaps appearing and individual tiles can be taken up if there are problems. Still requires expansion gaps, but we might just about get away with a silicone bead between the tiles and existing skirting:

    Interlocking Tiles | Order Workshop & Garage Flooring Online in the UK (bricoflor.co.uk)

    the tarkett option looks really good stuff, but with a price to match! Anyone used these before?
     
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