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    • frogglet
    • By frogglet 26th Aug 18, 8:21 PM
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    What is the best flooring?
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    • 26th Aug 18, 8:21 PM
    What is the best flooring? 26th Aug 18 at 8:21 PM
    We have laminate flooring in the living room, dining room and all the bedrooms which has been down for over 20 years. We want to replace every room with something , definitely not carpet due to pets and not tiles. What would people recommend ? I would like a mid brown wood effect
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    • taffytiger
    • By taffytiger 26th Aug 18, 9:19 PM
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    • 26th Aug 18, 9:19 PM
    I am having the same dilemma. Was thinking about solid wood, engineered wood, laminate and karndean. There appears to be
    Lots of pros and cons but would like some ideas.
    • Doozergirl
    • By Doozergirl 26th Aug 18, 9:24 PM
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    • 26th Aug 18, 9:24 PM
    Lived with every type of flooring with a house full of builders, kids and dogs.

    LVT is the thing that will withstand everything. My husband resisted and resisted LVT, do we genuinely tried a different floor each time we moved.

    Dirty boots, poo, pee, vomit, steam cleaning, you name it, LVT wipes the floor with everything else. The traditional brands are Amtico and Karndean but there are loads on the market now at good prices.
    Everything that is supposed to be in heaven is already here on earth.
    • getmore4less
    • By getmore4less 26th Aug 18, 10:21 PM
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    • 26th Aug 18, 10:21 PM
    Lots of the stuff you see in shops and pubs is LVT takes a beating.
    • bluewater
    • By bluewater 27th Aug 18, 9:29 AM
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    • 27th Aug 18, 9:29 AM
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    • 27th Aug 18, 9:29 AM
    Anyone have electric underfloor heating with LVT? I spoke to an underfloor heating supplier and was told that there are two ways to go:

    1. Under tile mat or cable buried in 10mm of latex levelling compound. or

    2. Foil mat (usually for under laminate etc.) with two layers of plywood on top. Not clear why 2.

    Is the adhesive an issue? We have LVT throughout 1st floor on plywood using pressure sensitive adhesive.
    • getmore4less
    • By getmore4less 27th Aug 18, 10:27 AM
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    • 27th Aug 18, 10:27 AM
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    • 27th Aug 18, 10:27 AM
    You can go floating floor with LVT much easier and cheaper.

    You can still get real lino.


    One of the options with LVT as there is a print layer you can have custom patterns done.

    wineo(german) showed what can be done with LVT beyond the traditional wood and stone styles site seems to be down.
    • frogglet
    • By frogglet 27th Aug 18, 11:15 AM
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    • 27th Aug 18, 11:15 AM
    Thanks for the tips. I was wondering about LVT having seen it in hotels. Can anyone recommend a supplier in the Warrington area in the northwest.
    • faerielight
    • By faerielight 27th Aug 18, 7:50 PM
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    • 27th Aug 18, 7:50 PM
    I love my real oak flooring I put down just before I moved in, recently. It was an end of line bargain from Wickes at 15/m, reduced from 54
    Many thanks to all who contribute on MSE
    • MichaelMe
    • By MichaelMe 27th Aug 18, 10:29 PM
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    • 27th Aug 18, 10:29 PM
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    • 27th Aug 18, 10:29 PM
    Interesting thread. I was having a similar dilemma but decided with to go with the vinyl option. Mainly for the stronger resistance to water. It's very good if you have pets and little ones running around. Toilet accidents can and do happen with them around!
    • chrisw
    • By chrisw 27th Aug 18, 10:44 PM
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    In case anyone else was wondering like myself, I've googled it.

    LVT = Luxury Vinyl Tiles
    • bluewater
    • By bluewater 28th Aug 18, 8:13 AM
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    Just and update on LVT and underfloor heating. A bit more googling and I see that special high temperature adhesive is available if installing with underfloor heating.
    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 28th Aug 18, 11:07 AM
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    We have the best of both worlds - Karndean in the bathrooms and kitchen and engineered oak through the hall/lounge/dining room. Karndean is brilliant in a wet environment, but too hard for living areas. (Yes, I know oak is 'hard' - but you know what I mean!)
    • Jimmy_Neutron
    • By Jimmy_Neutron 28th Aug 18, 2:20 PM
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    Anyone recommend a stockist, colour and underlay? I'm assuming samples can be ordered of the flooring over the internet
    • greggymagic
    • By greggymagic 31st Aug 18, 10:07 AM
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    +1 for LVT


    We had made our minds up to go real wood then in the shop LVT was suggested and the benefits explained - I particularly liked the fact that you didn't need scotia round the edges as it could be butted and siliconed to the skirting board!



    Long story short we went with a dark wood LVT and have had nothing but compliments on how great it looks - most people just think it's a dark oak real wood floor.


    Quite pricey though!
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    • chelseak12345
    • By chelseak12345 14th Sep 18, 3:24 PM
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    Laminate is just as good as real wood if you find the right shop in my opinion. We have laminate and everyone assumes it is real wood until we tell them
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