What type of flooring did you use downstairs, why and how much was it per m sq?h

(17 Posts)
alltheworld Sun 27-Nov-16 21:49:25

Am thinking of getting amtico for ease of care, and because apparently it can be laid after the kitchen which will make things easier financially and logistically but it is 110 per square metre which seems a lot. Interested in others views...

gqip Sun 27-Nov-16 22:03:52

I have amtico throughout downstairs, cost £60+ psqm and I hate it. Could be the particular colour / style but it scratches so easily and the tiniest bit of debris underneath the tiles shows up. 1 year later I'm already considering replacing it for something like proper tiles.

alltheworld Sun 27-Nov-16 22:15:58

Goodness...that is good to know..

namechangedtoday15 Sun 27-Nov-16 22:19:25

Engineered oak. Don't like vinyl / amtico / karndean (always looks like lino), hate tiles with a passion for downstairs so we didn't have many other options to be honest.

Love it. Looks natural, classic, hard wearing, warm etc etc. Paid about £50 per square metre (we have Kahrs) plus underlay plus fitting.

I would be wary of fitting flooring after installing kitchen - if you ever decide to move the kitchen around you will have problems!

LowDudgeon Sun 27-Nov-16 22:26:52

I've got Karndean cheapy wood effect on solid floor in the hall - have previously had carpet & laminate & this is my favourite so far.
The surface had to be screeded first & then the flooring was laid in strips. It looks great, fits really well round the edges & is easy to keep clean smile

HaveYouSeenHerLately Sun 27-Nov-16 22:32:10

My kitchen was tiled by the previous owner and I really like it.

I'm about to replace the carpet in the lounge with solid oak flooring which will hopefully be a vast improvement smile

Wickes have £10 off £50 and £20 off £100 using Black Friday discount codes until 6th Dec online and instore. I split my order into multiples of £100 as there doesn't seem to be a limit to how many times you can use it.

Shurelyshomemistake Sun 27-Nov-16 22:33:01

You could get a very high quality engineered or solid wood floor for £110 pm2. I do appreciate what you say about the kitchen and how logistically it could be hard but I would either get much much cheaper water resistant laminate (like quickstep ship deck style) or push boat out for wood.

At end of day tho it's down to you and your needs and likes.

LowDudgeon Sun 27-Nov-16 22:35:13

Just checked my hall cost - the fitting was more than the flooring! (It's a time-consuming skilled job)

For approx 4 sq m, flooring cost £100 & fitting £150. (Very fiddly area though, with 3 doorways & a radiator.)

HaveYouSeenHerLately Sun 27-Nov-16 22:36:18

I understood solid wood isn't recommended for kitchen and bathrooms due to moisture. Engineered wood is fine though (and cheaper). Someone correct me if I'm wrong wink

LowDudgeon Sun 27-Nov-16 22:39:55

A friend of mine had pale Amtico fitted on a solid floor in kitchen/diner in 1984.

Her house was sold on in about 1998; it was recently back on the market, the Amtico is still there, & still looks good!

Shurelyshomemistake Sun 27-Nov-16 22:46:27

Engineered is fine in a kitchen. Bathroom no to engineered or solid unless you pick some unusual expensive tropical hardwood.

Engineered not always cheaper than solid. Can be but not a given.

Ntinyn Mon 28-Nov-16 06:22:53

Have Camaro LVT, c. £60sqm including fitting. LOVE it.

pklme Mon 28-Nov-16 08:49:43

Couldn't have amtico type because of the screeding. I couldn't have got in or out of my house for 24hours, plus the laying time. We got porcelain floor tiles which look like wood and I adore them. About £30-50/m. Done in a day. Beautiful, easy to look after. Did I say they are beautiful?

Crawlingupthewalls Mon 28-Nov-16 08:58:05

We have amtico in the barthrooms in a wood effect and it's lovely. Virtually bomb proof and people always comment on it.

Tubbyinthehottub Mon 28-Nov-16 11:19:25

Wanted engineered oak but ended up with tiles so we could fit wet underfloor heating under it without having differing floor levels on the ground floor. Am pleased we did that now as a wood floor would've taken a battering in kitchen and hall. Can't remember costs. Probably loads, think the fitting was a lot. Would also be wary of fitting a floor after kitchen is fitted. You will achieve a better look if it's fitted before and have more options if you ever change your kitchen

User1029384746 Mon 28-Nov-16 11:23:00

We have solid bamboo flooring downstairs, including in the kitchen and utility. It can even be used in bathrooms as it copes with moisture ok.

It was just under £40 pm2.

NotCitrus Mon 28-Nov-16 11:56:49

Have Amtico, and love it - doesn't show dirt or mark, though a couple tiles lifted and had to be slightly shaved and replaced. If you look on Ebay there are industrial-standard Amtico tiles available from the ends of large commercial jobs, so I think it was about £40/sqm. We screeded half the kitchen/diner then the other half, building a bridge over the wet cement.

Bathroom still looks great after 12 years, though imagine my surprise when I returned to work after mat leave and found the office floor was the same style!

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