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Best flooring for home cinema?
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I will be choosing flooring for my new build house in the next couple of weeks. Which is best for the lounge where my home cinema is going in: ceramic (Porcelanosa) or wooden laminate (Pergo)?

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I had laminite (I even think

I had laminite (I even think it was Pergo), and it was terrible for sound......Heavy underlay with a carpet is much better.

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Check out topps tiles, i like

Check out topps tiles, i like black personally i like black stardust ceramic tiles but it's thirty one pounds a tile

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I think CnoEvil may be

I think CnoEvil may be correct hard floor will have a lot of reflections, carpet may be the way to go also if you have speaker stands they will have carpet spikes, just my thoughts though.

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I think CnoEvil may be

I think CnoEvil may be correct hard floor will have a lot of reflections, carpet may be the way to go also if you have speaker stands they will have carpet spikes, just my thoughts though.

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Carpet isn't an option

Carpet isn't an option unfortunately, upon orders of SWMBO Sad

Which is the lesser of the 2 evils? Or proper wood (not laminate) flooring?

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bigboss wrote:

bigboss wrote:

Carpet isn't an option unfortunately, upon orders of SWMBO Sad

Which is the lesser of the 2 evils? Or proper wood (not laminate) flooring?

Engineered Wood.

Its more stable than solid wood flooring (hardwood veneer on a MDF and ply  substrate) and it isn't laminate...

 

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I was a flooring contractor

I was a flooring contractor for 4 years from my experience Laminate flooring has a life span of about 20 years. Ceramic can last almost indefinitely if you want the wow factor go for polished porcelain tiles it will give you a luxurious finish to your lounge

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I am a flooring contractor

I am a flooring contractor and I would say Ceramic tiles or Laminate are a definite no.

Have you looked at Amtico or Karndean? Not so reflective (Glassy)

The thing about these two are you can have borders/ personal designs, any combination you want.

Carpet is by far the best option soundwise, but Amtico or Karndean might be a good compromise.

When I first started out in flooring we did some banks in London in Amtico. It was still down 25 years later, and they took a lot of traffic.

The designs then were a bit more industrial, but if  it's done properly I think an Amtico floor is for life.

It isn't cheap though I'm afraid.

Anyway, just another option mate.

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Flooring...

Wow! The world of flooring is much bigger than I thought!! Engineered wood looks really good. I always thought of vinyl as a low quality cheap option......Amtico & Karndean.......are they really that good?

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Also, what's most suitable

Also, what's most suitable for underfloor heating? 

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I am undergoing a renovation

I am undergoing a renovation and have built a dedicated extension for home cinema. It will have water based underfloor heating. I plan to reuse laminate flooring or porcelain tiles as I don't want heat loss from carpet. All modern receivers have advanced eq so I am not worried about sound artifacts. In fact I have found that laminate room sounded better for me than carpet after I moved last year. I wouldn't base my floor around my home cinema especially in lounge.
You could always lay a rug after.

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Re: Best Flooring

Hi BigBoss. Getting excited about your new house?

What is the subfloor? I'm guessing it's concrete. If so a solid wood floor glued directly to the subfloor that has beet treated with damp proofing (if needed) will give the and all round finish. With the underfloor heating the wood will feel nice inderfoot. It will last a life time and it can even be sanded every 10 years if you or your wife feel it's gotten to tatty.

I have a laminate floor in my flat. Not sure if you've seen my My System pics. You can then place a nice rug infron of the front speakers if you find it to reflective.

A solid wooden floor will also be easier to lay carpet on in the future if you change your minds and you won't have to pull up the wood floor.

I layed plenty of wood floors for 2 years and some of them people hade Home cinemas and Hi-Fis going in too.

Hope that doesn't throw too much of a spanner in the works.

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The trouble with Laminate

The trouble with Laminate Flooring, is that if any of the top surface gets damaged (ie. srcatched off), and it always does, it is white underneath (and looks horrible).

Amtico is as hard wearing as it gets, but is what is often used in supermarkets and shopping centres.

Ceramic tiles will give your room the acoustics of a bathroom.

Natural wood is the nicest, but as Daveh said, is more unstable (due to its moisture content)...it needs a specialist supplier (to store and install it properly).

I have no experience of engineered wood, but suspect it is the way to go unless you are prepared to spend a fortune on a really good wooden floor.

I have used this crowd, who are good, and do planks suitable for under floor heating:  http://www.plankco.com/

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Boss - In my living room I

Boss - In my living room I have oak flooring and a rug, never noticed any problems with relfections or boom effects from the sub.  

If budget permits go for Oak floors and have a decent carpenter batton, glue and nail it down (very important).  As for under floor heating, there are many options and I would recommend going to Howdens Smile

While carpet is good its not the be all and end all for Cinema and certainly nothing to be caught up about.  You can always balance any echo or relfections by adjusting speakers, have curtains, canvass art or like mentioned a good rug.

Hope this helps Smile

 

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Wow! Keep the suggestions

Wow! Keep the suggestions coming in!!  Yahoo

The plank company looks very good, although expensive. Will contact them, at least for the ground floor. Howdens is for tradesmen only. Will give them a call.

Does anyone have any experience of skirting board heating, like www.thermaskirt.com?

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