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    Hi guys im prob gonna buy a new house soon as was wanting to do the ground floor in good laminate or real wood flooring, anybody got any good info and the cheapest place to get it online etc??
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    I have Tarkett wooden floor down, cost me £800 about 12 years ago, still looks brand new even with 2 kids and 2 dogs running about on it, far better that the laminate rubbish.

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    When I moved into the house I'm in now, there was liminate flooring already laid. It looked lovely, and I was so pleased. However, within 2 years, we had to rip it all up.

    It was very noisy, and without shoes on, uncomfortable. It was really cold in the winter, and unforgiving on anything that was dropped on it.

    I think it was badly laid in fairness, and probably a very cheap quality too, but it started moving around, and became very scruffy, and extremely dangerous. I'm glad I didn't pay for it, and wouldn't choose it myself.

    Make sure you get very good quality, and get it laid properly too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lochgilp View Post
    Hi guys im prob gonna buy a new house soon as was wanting to do the ground floor in good laminate or real wood flooring, anybody got any good info and the cheapest place to get it online etc??
    Thanks in Advance
    scott
    Hi scott

    Don't bother with laminate as it is really noisy and fragile, real wood is expensive and as easily damaged as laminate
    (but may be able to be repaired). The absolute canine-sphericals is Amtico a vinyl type flooring that is available in
    loads of finishes such as wood or tile effect but not at all 'fake' looking and this stuff is warm to walk on and very,
    very tough, costs a fortune which puts lots of people off. Karndean is a copy that is nearly as good.
    Preparation is the key to any floor and that is what puts people off doing a proper job and they end up just buying
    something 'that will do'.

    neilrj
    Last edited by neilrj; 6th August 2009 at 00:12. Reason: Fat fingers...

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    I had karndean flooring layed in my hallway,the first thing they did was put down a self levelling rubberoid floor base,the karndean was then put down a few days later,more than happy with it very quiet,and easy to keep clean.

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    laminate is not noisy if put down properly
    you will normally only get problems if its cheap stuff
    instead of real wooden flooring, that can be very expensive, look for engineered wood flooring, cheaper than real wood flooring but higher quality then laminate

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    When we bought our house 8 years ago, I used real wood in the lounge. Now it can do with refinishing - scraped from chairs / kids etc.

    The dining room / hall have had laminate down for a year. So far, no damage. I don't find it noisy - I laid it on a vapour barrier with polystyrene underlay. To be honest, it looks better than the wood does !

    One thing I would recommed is get the edges right - lift /replace skirting boards to cover the edges and undercut door frames by a few mm to 'loose' the edges there. I got one of these for the job:

    http://www.bosch-do-it.co.uk/boptocs...&ccat_id=95269

    Just the job !

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    I have Amtico laminate flooring , similar to Karndean , it cost me over £3500 for my front room , but has 25 year guarantee. To be honest its the best flooring for looks and wearing we could find (and thanks to the wife most expensive). Didnt want to go down the route of real wood as it expands the Amtico doesn't expand. The flooring is a real head turner too , everyone comments on how good it looks. We have recently done the Kitchen , downstairs toilet and hallway in the same pattern and for another £1500 was money well spent.
    Laminate flooring is a must with pets , and because each strip is glued individually and sealed around the borders there is no chance of any thing getting down any gaps. " minutes to brush each day , instead of hoovering and a wash a couple of times a week and looks like new again.
    I have had my flooring for 10 years now.

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