Flooring & Floor Covering
Jan 22, 2009 7:43 am
I will soon be replacing the existing (truly hideous) vinyl which covers the area of entry, kitchen, dining room, long hallway and laundry. Quite a large area however and am still debating the merits of vinyl planks (kardean?) over some sort of timber product.
The hallway and laundry lead to the pool, so there is obviously going to be traffic plus some water. Also there is currently a small bathroom (shower, vanity and toilet) which connects to the laundry but currently has floor tiles. We are also looking at renovating the small ensuite quite soon (replacing the lot) so the question is this ...
Can the vinyl flooring also go on the bathroom floor? Any need for floor tiles in the bathroom at all or can the kardean do the whole area (entry, kitchen, dining, long hallway, laundry and ensuite)? Has anyone used vinyl rather than floor tiles in a bathroom? Anyone got photos of their kardean (or similar) flooring?
I am open to any and all suggestions. I haven't ruled out timber yet but am worried about stratching etc. My children are teenagers but we do have a indoor dog (Tenterfield Terrier so she is very small but does shed a lot of white hairs and I do like to vacumn the floors a lot!). And I guess one day we may have grandchildren! Also the design of the house is done to maximise the use of the pool (we live in Qld), so it would be silly to use a high maintenance product.
Therefore, the flooring needs to be:
* able to be vacumned regularly
* able to withstand some water
* quiet, low maintenance
* and it has to look good too!
Sorry this is such a long question, hope you can help and please photos would be wonderful.
Re: Flooring suggestions please for my entry, hallway, kitchen2
Jan 26, 2009 8:50 pm
I had timber and i have 3 small children. It was fantastic!! So easy to clean- no grout and didn't show up any marks. I was often shocked how dirty the water was when i cleaned the floors - it looked clean to the eye!! I had a lighter timber with some variation in colour which helps to conceal scratches etcc.. I got mine from true lock flooring so it was a floating floor - scratches really don't show up much but if you get a big one you can easily replace one board..
As for tiles - what look are you going for? modern, traditional? What about the other colours in your house?
If i was in your shoes I would go timber. Queensland is forever summer and with a pool the timber would give a lovely summery feel and never dates!! So easy to clean too!!
Feb 21, 2009 11:21 pm
The down side to a floating timber floor is the thin veneer and limited re-finishing opportunities [generally 2].It sounds like your sick of vinyl,but bear in mind that the worst part about a vinyl installation cost wise is the sub-floor.If you have vinyl down,chances are thats about 16-20 bucks a sq mt saved,if the floor is level and in good nick.And vinyl planks are fantastic if cleaned and then thoroughly sealed once installed.Good vinyl layers are the rarest animal in the flooring world unfortunately.
Just a carpet layer's opinion!
Re: Flooring suggestions please for my entry, hallway, kitchen4
Feb 21, 2009 11:27 pm
We are doing our entire home, except the bedrooms, study and rumpus with vinyl floor tiles. It's not Kardean, we're going with Polyflor's Ceramica (there's a thread about it in this section)
We felt that it will give us exactly what we wanted in flooring, which btw is the same as what your after Would love to show you some pics, but we haven't started building yet, lol..
Re: Flooring suggestions please for my entry, hallway, kitchen5
Feb 22, 2009 7:23 am
Thanks for the suggestions - we still can't decide because it is such a huge area we will be doing and as it all flows together, it really all needs to be the same flooring throughout. I did think yesterday that it might be an idea to do the upstairs hallway in a floating timber floor first and check out how we feel about it before committing to the giant area downstairs. Also we then thought maybe we should put a SOLID CYPRESS PINE timber floor downstairs. I imagine it would be glued to the concrete? Any thoughts on that idea? Angie
Re: Flooring suggestions please for my entry, hallway, kitchen6
Feb 22, 2009 8:35 am
Water and timber floors = disaster I reckon. I'd got the Karndean. When I was looking at Karndean, the lady at the Melbourne show room said that it can be used in bathrooms, but cannot be use as a shower base. So if you want the seamless look of your flooring flowing into the shower, tiles would be better for the bathroom. But if you are happy to use a polymarble shower base, Karndean would be fine for the rest of the floor.
I leave you to fend for yourself, figure things out yourself.
Re: Flooring suggestions please for my entry, hallway, kitchen7
Mar 02, 2009 2:33 pm
Okay a late reply
Just join this site
Karndean can be installed everywhere how ever in wet areas like a bathroom two pack polyurethane adhesives need to be used this is allso avaliable when purchasing karndeane products
Not a karndean rep ...just a vinyl installers advise
Re: Flooring suggestions please for my entry, hallway, kitchen8
Mar 10, 2009 12:35 pm
Just do a search on karndean on this forum. I have posted some pics of our last house that we used karndean throught the whole house, including the bathrooms. Absolutely loved it.
Built a modified "Daydream 279" .. Cor@l Homes
on a flat 4473m block!!
And lov'n it!!!
Re: Flooring suggestions please for my entry, hallway, kitchen10
Mar 17, 2009 11:36 pm
I'm thinking timber flooring in my entry & hallway as it will be huge, approx 2.5m x 5m. Tiles to kitchen, bathrooms/laundry, meals and family areas and carpet to all bedrooms and study. I think this would give some variation and not look too boring!
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