Main site > MoneySavingExpert.com Forums > Household & Travel > In my home (includes DIY) MoneySaving > 100% Waterproof laminate flooring -anyone used? (Page 1)

IMPORTANT! This is MoneySavingExpert's open forum - anyone can post

Please exercise caution & report any spam, illegal, offensive, racist, libellous post to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com

  • Be nice to all MoneySavers
  • All the best tips go in the MoneySavingExpert weekly email

    Plus all the new guides, deals & loopholes

  • No spam/referral links
or Login with Facebook
100% Waterproof laminate flooring -anyone used?
Closed Thread
Views: 25,838
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
# 1
zebidee1
Old 06-03-2008, 9:15 AM
Serious MoneySaving Fan
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 983
Default 100% Waterproof laminate flooring -anyone used?

Came across this last night.......http://www.lfdirect.co.uk/products/e..._flooring.html

Anyone used it before?

I've got a sample being sent out but it would be good to know if it does what it says it does.

I read all the bumph on the manufacturer's site and it sounds just the job for the kitchen but who knows?

I have about a week left to make a firm flooring decision so I hope all the samples I've asked for, from various flooring firms all arrive in good time. :rolleyes:
zebidee1 is offline
Report Post
# 2
Shambler
Old 06-03-2008, 10:12 AM
MoneySaving Stalwart
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 716
Default

Interesting, we have normal laminate flooring in our kitchen and have never had a problem with water damage.

Aquafloor looks like a good choice for the bathroom.
Shambler is offline
Report Post
The Following User Says Thank You to Shambler For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 3
nalyo
Old 06-03-2008, 12:26 PM
MoneySaving Convert
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 184
Default

i would advise you to save your money. its all about the joints, if I was you I would just use the aqua ones from B&Q. These worked a treat in my old kitchen. remember you still cant leave water on the floor and they are not 100% waterPROOF splash resistant etc maybe?
nalyo is offline
Report Post
The Following User Says Thank You to nalyo For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 4
markleedsuk
Old 06-03-2008, 5:26 PM
MoneySaving Convert
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Leeds UK
Posts: 46
Default

no idea about the product however, the product is only as good as the installation (no matter how good the product is, if installed incorrectly you will have problems)
markleedsuk is offline
Report Post
The Following User Says Thank You to markleedsuk For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 5
zebidee1
Old 06-03-2008, 7:14 PM
Serious MoneySaving Fan
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 983
Default

I appreciate the bit about installation but it's clic laminate so not a lot to go wrong I feel.

The core is pvc compared to normal laminate (which is usually mdf or similar )which is why they can make the waterproof claim.
zebidee1 is offline
Report Post
# 6
Brooktop
Old 07-03-2008, 10:36 AM
MoneySaving Convert
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 124
Default

I'm with Shambler - I just had normal laminate from B&Q and washed it with a bucket/mop (with a bit of soap flakes) and never had any problems with water damage. We didn't even dry the floor after use, just left it to evaporate. As long as you wring the mop out and don't flood it with water, I don't see why you need to spend extra.
Brooktop is offline
Report Post
The Following User Says Thank You to Brooktop For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 7
zebidee1
Old 07-03-2008, 11:11 AM
Serious MoneySaving Fan
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 983
Default

Thanks for everyone's comments.

Is there anyone out there who has experience of THIS particular laminate, please?

I've researched ordinary laminate to death, lol and I would really like to know more about the pvc version now.

( I've just re-read that......I hope it doesn't come across as being cheeky as I'm greatful for all your opinions....it's just that I'm after specific info about the pvc stuff rather than laminate in general iyswim.)

zebidee1 is offline
Report Post
# 8
zebidee1
Old 08-03-2008, 12:37 PM
Serious MoneySaving Fan
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 983
Default

Samples arrived this morning. Not like other laminates and not quite what I expected but looks ok I think.

The core of the board is like a series of pvc channels with hollow centres. I can see how they make the 'waterproof' claim.

Edit: Had one of the samples soaking in a basin of hand hot water for the last 2 hours and it has come out exactly the same way as it went in. Looks like it does what it says on the tin.








Last edited by zebidee1; 08-03-2008 at 2:13 PM.
zebidee1 is offline
Report Post
# 9
ajtrader100
Old 13-03-2008, 1:44 PM
MoneySaving Stalwart
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 315
Default

Ive seen this product many times before, its very expensive, the rubber seal on the join is supposed the increase moisture resistancy, but its still a join. A join is a weakened area in any floor. I think you will be wasting your money, if you read the T&C of the warranty it wont cover bathrooms.

Buy a better end HDF (not MDF) based laminate floor with a strong click system and you will get a better product for your money.
ajtrader100 is offline
Report Post
# 10
TomsMom
Old 20-01-2009, 5:11 PM
Fantastically Fervent MoneySaving Super Fan
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Where the mountains come down to the sea
Posts: 4,590
Default

Re-opening an old thread as I'm wondering Zebedee - did you buy this in the end? Was it the AquaStep - which one? How have you found it? I'm looking for my kitchen but there wont be a washing machine in there, just a dishwasher and sink.
TomsMom is offline
Report Post
# 11
fred_234
Old 16-02-2009, 9:30 AM
MoneySaving Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 1
Default I know were to buy it - cheap!!

Toms Mom, i bought mine at www.flooring.uk.com they have it at a special offer price, UK only though.
fred_234 is offline
Report Post
The Following User Says Thank You to fred_234 For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 12
Toff
Old 25-08-2010, 5:33 PM
MoneySaving Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 9
Default

I have used this stuff, its only made by two companies, both Belgian. Aquastep and Dumafloor.
Its PVC based and so is entirely submersible, please do not confuse with normal supposedly waterproof laminate, its 40 a metre hence you wont see it at regular DIY shops when its more than most real solid woods. I have just used it at mine for the simple reason that the whole place can be done using it without any joins. Its warmer than carpet and better insulated, Quieter than normal laminate, as water resistant as vinyl so I have it in kitchen and bathroom and living room and living and dining room and I suppose technically it can even go in the garage or outside. Oh and by the way, haggle very hard I paid 27 per metre.
Toff is offline
Report Post
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Toff For This Useful Post: Show me >>
# 13
ormus
Old 25-08-2010, 6:19 PM
Deliciously Dedicated Diehard MoneySaving Devotee
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: bolton le moors
Posts: 40,870
Default

thx for the laminated spam.
Get some gorm.
ormus is offline
Report Post
# 14
less_is_more
Old 29-09-2010, 8:00 PM
MoneySaving Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 1
Question Waterproof Laminate

Toff if you read this can you say where you purchased the flooring from please.
less_is_more is offline
Report Post
# 15
BargainGalore
Old 29-09-2010, 8:10 PM
Fantastically Fervent MoneySaving Super Fan
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 3,014
Default

Toff hasn't been logged in since 26th August
BargainGalore is offline
Report Post
# 16
loracan1
Old 29-09-2010, 11:01 PM
Fantastically Fervent MoneySaving Super Fan
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: north west
Posts: 2,200
Default

The problem with 'waterproof' laminate is that if a leak penetrates from beyond the edge. For example, next door having a major flood, or your built-in d/w developing a minor leak - the water gets underneath and is *still* going to be a problem. I'll go so far to say it's going to be a big problem!

Most laminates are going to be water resistant if used with pva glue anyway.
loracan1 is offline
Report Post
# 17
turkey1
Old 01-10-2010, 10:40 AM
MoneySaving Newbie
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 1
Default Aquastep flooring

I am thinking of purchasing this flooring, but it is the PVC part that I worry about because I am allergic to some synthetics. Has anyone who has purchased this flooring had any trouble with the smell of it.

Where did Toff purchase it for 27.
turkey1 is offline
Report Post
# 18
Shak A
Old 05-07-2011, 7:18 AM
MoneySaving Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 1
Question Where to buy

Hi Toff,

I noted you bought the Aqua Step at 27/m. Was wondering where you got for this price?

Thanks

Quote:
Originally Posted by Toff View Post
I have used this stuff, its only made by two companies, both Belgian. Aquastep and Dumafloor.
Its PVC based and so is entirely submersible, please do not confuse with normal supposedly waterproof laminate, its 40 a metre hence you wont see it at regular DIY shops when its more than most real solid woods. I have just used it at mine for the simple reason that the whole place can be done using it without any joins. Its warmer than carpet and better insulated, Quieter than normal laminate, as water resistant as vinyl so I have it in kitchen and bathroom and living room and living and dining room and I suppose technically it can even go in the garage or outside. Oh and by the way, haggle very hard I paid 27 per metre.
Shak A is offline
Report Post
Closed Thread

Bookmarks
 
 




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

 Forum Jump  

Contact Us - MoneySavingExpert.com - Archive - Privacy Statement - Top

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 1:58 AM.

 Forum Jump  

Free MoneySaving Email

Top deals: Week of 23 April 2014

Get all this & more in MoneySavingExpert's weekly email full of guides, vouchers and Deals

GET THIS FREE WEEKLY EMAIL Full of deals, guides & it's spam free

Latest News & Blogs

Martin's Twitter Feed

profile

Cheap Travel Money

Find the best online rate for holiday cash with MSE's TravelMoneyMax.

Find the best online rate for your holiday cash with MoneySavingExpert's TravelMoneyMax.

TuneChecker Top Albums

  • VARIOUS ARTISTSNOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL MUSIC! 87
  • VARIOUS ARTISTSFROZEN (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK)
  • VARIOUS ARTISTSEUPHORIC CLUBLAND 2

MSE's Twitter Feed

profile
Always remember anyone can post on the MSE forums, so it can be very different from our opinion.
We use Skimlinks and other affiliated links in some of our boards, for some of our users.