Dec 06, 2009 8:50 am
Hi All, just looking for some opinions on our new floor. We are replacing our carpeted areas with something new (likely to be timber but open to suggestions! What ever we choose needs to compliment our existing slate floors - which are a multicolored Kalahari slate.
I am concerned that a timber with a heavy grain might look too "busy" alongside the slate.I am also keen to bring out the greys in the slate, rather than the browns - so the timber colour will be important.
Any suggestions welcome, budget is limited!
Re: New floor to compliment existing slate2
Dec 06, 2009 1:18 pm
Is there a reason for going away from carpets? Not knowing your floorplan, its hard to say what might be a good choice. But if you like your slate and want to keep that, I think a soft floorcovering will compliment it best. Possibly a grey to charcoal coloured carpet.
Mixing various hard surfaces can be a bit messy (but then I acknowledge it can work). I just have good reasons to think that going all hard floors can make a house much less homely. The climate you live in can affect that though, so where you live can make the difference.
I'm just suggesting that you think carefully about all the pros & cons of various floorcoverings as well as how they may work together.
Re: New floor to compliment existing slate3
Dec 07, 2009 5:04 pm
Thanks for your reply. Agree with you about the hard floors. We are keeping carpet in the bedrooms and lounge room, just replacing it with a hard floor in what now will be a dining room that opens on from the kitchen. The kitchen has the slate floor, and we are considering timber/timber laminate for the "dining" area.
Not sure if anyone out there has experience with Quick Step Timber laminate? It doesn't appear to be the cheapest, but seems to be a nicer product than say formica?
Re: New floor to compliment existing slate4
Dec 07, 2009 9:43 pm
Just throwing other ideas at you....
I think a very good surface is cork. It could be installed and stained a grey colour to match the darker colours of your slate and then finished with polyurethane. This would make an attractive and friendly transitional floorcovering for the area.
Re: New floor to compliment existing slate5
Dec 08, 2009 9:26 pm
Hmm, sounds interesting. Ash, do you have any idea how cork compares to laminate in terms of cost and durability? (We are Melbourne based.)
We need to do about 25square metres - not a huge area.
Re: New floor to compliment existing slate6
Dec 08, 2009 11:21 pm
Not sure about costs. I just don't like laminate floating floors much though. The echoey sound would drive me nuts, and it can be quite moisture sensitive. Cork has many qualities that make it an excellent choice. Quiet, softer, nicer under foot, yet has the benefits of being a 'hard floor'. The raw cork can be stained with timber stains to suit your taste and then a polyurethane coating will provide a floor that will last many years. Its one of the most under-rated floor-coverings!
Re: New floor to compliment existing slate7
Dec 09, 2009 8:16 am
cork can vary in cost considerably depending on what quality and type you go for. we bought at the top end of the range and had it professionally laid through out all our house apart from bedrooms, laundry, bathrooms and office. Because we bought a considerably large amount it cost us just under $100 a sq m laid,sealed etc. this was for glue down cork. There are cheaper corks and tongue and groove ( click) corks. make sure you get one that can be sanded down at a later stage if needed. Some of the T and G ones only have a very thin cork layer. Cork comes in a huge variety of colours and stains now days.
Re: New floor to compliment existing slate9
Jan 09, 2010 10:06 pm
Contact Premium Cork & Timber. They are the market leaders in cork in Australia. They will answer all your questions. They can point u to a retailer . They are based in SE suburbs. Will be twice as much laid as laminate after you coat it etc, and comparable to a premium laminate (like a 12mil HMRHDF product such as Timber Impressions), and mid range when comparing to floating timber (fully inst priced). Pre finished cork tiles and a DIY laying option would bring your costs down. Call premium.
Re: New floor to compliment existing slate11
Jan 19, 2010 12:42 pm
A salesman tried to talk us out of a cork floor, saying it chipped easily and was hard to repair, esp a grey one, any advice on this?
They look really good, especially with slate floors.
Lemme guess.... the salesman didn't sell cork floors?
Whilst I guess it could happen, I have seen many cork floors with very happy owners. I don't believe 'chipping' is a common problem.
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