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What type of flooring - Laminate / Engineered / Real wood

Discussion in 'Floors, Stairs and Lofts' started by CrazeUK, 17 Dec 2020.

  1. CrazeUK

    CrazeUK

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    Hi All.
    We are looking at re-doing the flooring over the next couple of weeks.

    Current
    We currently have a beige carpet which between crazy nephews and nieces that can't sit still with food and a cat that loves to pick at the carpet now needs to be changed after 4 years.

    What
    Hallway and Open Lounge / Kitchen at around 37m2

    Considerations
    Waterproofing - for spillage, especially in the kitchen area.
    Prefrebly cat proof - not sure there is a thing.
    Warm to the touch.

    Options
    I have looked
    Laminate - Feels cold (baby crawling / walking), not as hard-wearing
    Engineered - I have seen one pattern i like in B&Q for £20m2.
    Wood (maybe) - The cost appears too high.
    Vinyl Tiles - The cost appears too high.

    Any recommendations?
    Trade prices?
     
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    1st thing is any engineered wood at £20m2 won’t last as most decent ones are £30-£40 plus.

    Laminate is very hard wearing ? Look at quickstep impressive or signature
     
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  4. CrazeUK

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    Thanks for the response. When I compared it, the thickness of the top layer was the same as they other more expensive ones.

    I asked the staff, they said its because this one uses smaller pieces as opposed to large single pieces.

    I guess its was hoping for wood as it's warmer to the touch and easier to repair / sand.
     
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    LVT is relatively "warm". You say "we" are doing it - you need to factor in labour costs here. LVT is accessible to the DIYer. I laid an LVT floor that ended up costing more per m² than oak would have done but I simply don't have the skills/confidence to lay a solid oak floor.
     
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    Quality Laminate on a good underlay like Timbermate XL or Multitex would be a great option and very hard wearing
    Engineered wood will be pricey for anything with some quality, a Laquered finish will be super easy to live with but not so simple to repair if you damage it, an Oiled or Waxed finish will be hard to keep looking like new but is more serviceable, again use the above underlays
    Glue down LVT will be unforgiving and un-insulated and subfloor prep is critical, time consuming and pricey to do properly.
    Click LVT from a quality supplier will give a great, tactile surface and fits like Laminate but needs to be fitted on a specialist very dense underlay not your regular laminate underlays - check out Parador HDF LVT Click.
     
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