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    Flooring!!!!

    Hi all,
    I'm kind of renovating the house at the moment - on a very tight budget!! - looking for flooring for the kitchen at a reasonable price, but hard wearing!! I've disgarded the idea of tiles - too expensive and liable to breaking - so I'm looking at tile effect laminate. I need 10.2msquared and the cheapest price I can find is from floors 2 go. 7mm thick and I need 5 packs (£97.92) plus £45 for the silver backed underlay (going on a concrete floor) Joiner wants £150 to fit it so £295 or thereabouts in total.

    Is this a good price and will it do the job it's meant to???

    Comments/advice please

    Thanks
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    MatG is our resident flooring specialist

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ffoeg
    MatG is our resident flooring specialist
    I wait in anticipation of a reply then

    Cheers geoff!
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    that is a good price for fitting and buying, why not fit it yourself? it is really easy
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    Its all a little expensive really but if its an easy option for you to get sorted its not a bad price. Going rate on laminate flooring fit only is around £10 pm2 he is charging you £15.00. The silver backed underlay is very expensive I would imagine is Timbermate XL, (check it is condensed green rubber) great product so you wont have any problems with that.

    Laminate wise the tiles are not the best, 7mm is a just a touch to thin really, and I know the product you are buying from floors to go its not the best. Quick Step do a tile effect product called Quadra, floors to go do it as well (although expensive) if you can stretch to it I would certainly advice to.

    As its going into a kitchen it would be wise to use water proof wood glue as well to seal all the joints otherwise water will get into the joints over a period of time.

    I dont want to put you off, you really do get what you pay for with laminate, I only fit two makes off it and thats Quick Step and All lock as they are both fantastic products that have never let me down once in 10 years, however they are not the cheapest. Just passing on my experience if I can help further give me a shout
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    I brought expensive laminate thourgh out my house (did get a staff discount though thourgh Dani) but its worth the expense.
    Its been down for 3 years and hasnt wore yet.

    Brought cheep stuff for upstairs spare room, as it was used as much.
    How wrong was I. It lasted 12 months before it chipped and split, It was a nightmare to put down. never again.

    Is you or you partner any good at DIY as it aint a hard task to do

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    Try these guys....

    http://www.flooringsupplies.co.uk/index.cfm

    very knowledgable and if you have the right sized room and its something they have in clearance it works out really good value. I've visited the showroom and they regurgitated advice that MatG had passed to me in one of my projects, so they must be good!!

    My mum is doing her Kitchen and Dining room in clearance for £400 all-in including fitting, Allied Carpets wanted to fit the same product in one of the rooms for £650 plus anciilliaries.
    why do today what you can...... I'll finish this later

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    Just tile it. If you break floor tiles that are stuck to the floor then god knows what youre doing in the kitchen! You'd be surprised how cheap tiles can be. And on the area you're doing getting a tiler in wont be too expensive. You can also ring trading standards for a list of reccomended local tilers (or any workmen for that matter) to make sure youre not getting ripped off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MatG
    I dont want to put you off, you really do get what you pay for with laminate, I only fit two makes off it and thats Quick Step and All lock as they are both fantastic products that have never let me down once in 10 years, however they are not the cheapest. Just passing on my experience if I can help further give me a shout
    <sigh> You STILL haven't discovered Witex yet Matt

    Agree with Matt's point about the fitting price - 'industry standard' is £10 per sq.m. I'll check our stock to see if we have any of our 'Casa' tile effect range on a promo price as they recently rejigged the range. I know we have shed loads of foil backed underlay we are trying to get rid of after Carpetrite <spit> turned us over ...

    If you are planning on staying in the house for a while it might be wise to spend a little more on a better product - like so many things in life, you do get what you pay for with floor coverings.

    Jonathan

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    Laminate really isnt that hard to do either, i dunno about a kitchen, but myself and my dad did my bedroom, the shower room and are about to do the bathroom, not too difficult really, could save some money by DIY.

    the money saved could also go towards better product

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