And yes, laminate was very noisy. My OH rejected it outright!
bigboss wrote:And yes, laminate was very noisy. My OH rejected it outright!
That was another reason, stick with your current choices.
bigboss wrote:Thanks for all the advice so far! I went to the shops yesterday to look at some flooring. Definitely going for engineered wood for the lounge, hallway and family area. I was actually very impressed with vinyl tiles, which I could consider for the bedrooms! For the master bedroom, I've seen something very special:
http://www.ecoflooringuk.com/content/statement/recl-oak-chev.htmlI've asked for some quotes.
Thanks for all the advice so far! I went to the shops yesterday to look at some flooring. Definitely going for engineered wood for the lounge, hallway and family area. I was actually very impressed with vinyl tiles, which I could consider for the bedrooms!
For the master bedroom, I've seen something very special:
I've asked for some quotes.
Oooh very nice. I worked on a few of those in my Floor laying days. That will look sweet if you decide to go for it.
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Thanks! A quick question: should I get the flooring for the kitchen and bathrooms done by the builders or from elsewhere? The builders are charging a lot more than the market. With the kitchen units being offered as standard is it better to get the flooring done by them or can we add flooring later? Will they wash their hands off any leakage in the bathrooms under warranty?
You can get the floor done afterwards. All the kick boards will need to be trimmed to adjust for the hight of the floor but the installer should do that.
It is easier to have the floor put in before the kitchen goes in as the installer can just work across the room witout having to cut round all the feet of the floor units. That might make it cheaper too as it's a lot less work.
Surely contents insurence will cover the floor then if the kitchen fitters mess up.
The builders shouldn't have a problem with you getting in an outside contractor to do the floor and it shouldn't void the warranty of the kitchen if I understood you right.
The floor installer will need to make sure the subfloor is flat and level and should waterproof it too. If the skirting boards are not in place yet then thats great as the can be put on top of the floor giving you a nice tiedy finish. Of course most of the edge of the floor will be hidden by kitchen units I would imagine too.
Thanks Glacialpath! If I do it from elsewhere, it will be after completion, so kitchen units will already be in. The builder won't allow anyone else into the property until completion. With regards to skirting boards, can you not simply remove them and then put the flooring on? They can always go back, right?
better not having the skirting boards fixed they are easily damaged pulling them off,have them just cut and lightly tacked on.
Ah well, I'm thinking of going for thermaskirt anyway. So not too much bothered about damage to skirting boards.
Yeah in some cases when a customer wanted the flooring under the skirting I would have to remove it. Nower day the pin it on along with some gripfill any way so it's quite easy to remove. But yeah the other guy that suggested you ask the builder to just cut it to length and either leave it for the floor layer to attach and make good or just tack it so it can be easily removed.
If the floor layer breaks any of the skirting it won't be hard for them to get a replacement bit as it won't be 50 years old. They will have to trim down the skirting boards though otherwise they won't fit once the flooring is in place but they will know that anyway.
You will need a decent matwell at the back door if there is one on the kitchen to safe gaurd against dam. We had one client who wouldn't let us put the recomended size in for a front door then tried to get us to replace the floor after if had water damage and warped. If there is no dorr then no worries.
I've finalized the flooring today! Engineered oak in the living room and hallway, carpet in stairs and landing, vinyl in the bathrooms and strand woven bamboo in the rest of the house!
bigboss wrote:I've finalized the flooring today! Engineered oak in the living room and hallway, carpet in stairs and landing, vinyl in the bathrooms and strand woven bamboo in the rest of the house!
Ooh sounds nice. I used to like putting Oak flooring in. Are you going for solid oak thresholds or aluminium ones?
Not decided on that yet. From what I understand, the flooring person will make it seamless in the ground floor (without thresholds). The first floor will need threshold, as it's the interface between carpet and bamboo.
Cool so your able to go for the flow through floor. Into any floor level cupboards too. I love that look. Its loke the house is built onto the floor and if the skirting sits on top the floor that's better still. Bamboo is also one of my favourite floor types.
You house is going to look great BB.
Thanks Glacialpath! Yes, the skirting boards will be removed before putting the floor. Even I love bamboo as they're most environment friendly.