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Karndean? Amtico? Come and talk flooring to me (again, sorry!)

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tassisssss Fri 13-Jan-12 13:26:32

So, what's the main difference between Karndean and Amtico?

Any other options other than laminate and wood (for an open plan kitchen/dining/living space).

Many thanks.

DottyP Fri 13-Jan-12 19:40:27

We have decided to go for Amtico Spacia for our kitchen/diner/family area - not sure there is much difference between them. FYI with all the preparation they have to do on the floor before hand it comes out at around £100 sq metre....so I'm hoping it will cope with my dog, kids etc etc!

tassisssss Sat 14-Jan-12 18:01:01

Thanks!

IWishIWasAFrog Sat 14-Jan-12 20:58:14

Hi,

Have a read on this thread

http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=417438

Read the post by 'disco dave' towards the end of the frst page, quite a difference it seems! I'm also looking at putting down a vinyl floor, are leaning towards Amtico Spacia range.

HTH.

TalkinPeace2 Sat 14-Jan-12 21:30:45

we have bamboo (cost us £16 / sqm including glue and fitting)
it gets scratched and dented and still looks wonderful after 3 years

miserablemum Sun 15-Jan-12 09:09:28

We're getting Karndean - budget just wouldn't stretch to Amitco, we have a huge kitchen diner to be done - and I love the tiles we have chosen, which i didn't think i would. Colour match and texture is just perfect.

I have read that moneysaving thread. What i don't get is people thinking the flooring is indistructable? And that you need to have it fitted properly. If there is a porblem then they have guarantees for 12 yrs plus - this is part of the reason we are looking at this type of flooring rather than others.

Our quote comes in at around £40 a sq meter for the knight tile, which is enough for us. And to be honest, I'm not sure I'd want the same floor for 20 years plus smile i might eventually fancy a change!

Waswondering Sun 15-Jan-12 09:13:40

Mil has Amtico in her family room and wasn't hugely keen on it as she felt it needed looking after - they said that she had to use some sort of "stuff" on it once a year (iirc).

She has Karndean in her hall and I really like it (as does she!).

(She put some kind of engineered wood in her dining room and it scratched, so she wasn't best pleased about that, fwiw.)

HTH

tassisssss Sun 15-Jan-12 19:16:00

Thanks all.

WW I believe they both have stuff to be put on them every 18 months or so. Amtico comes pre-treated, Karndean you have to do it before you use.

Nice man in the designer flooring place reckoned they were much of a much-ness.

Mandy21 Mon 16-Jan-12 21:12:40

My mum has just had Karndean laid in her dining room - a wood effect. I'm not keen to be honest, she is super thrilled with it - warm to walk on, pretty much indestructable with grandchildren pushing trucks, spilling drinks occasionally but I do think it has a "lino" kind of look to it.

Sandybeach2 Tue 13-Aug-13 22:01:06

Sorry to re visit the Karndean/Amtico thread, but I am currently unable to dose between the two. Price is eye watering, but which is the better investment?. Thanks in advance for help. I live in North Surrey and would appreciate any tips or links that may help

Sandybeach2 Tue 13-Aug-13 22:02:10

Oops sorry meant choose

Blankiefan Wed 14-Aug-13 07:40:46

Can I suggest you find a tile you're happy with in a shop then compare the price online? The stores make a ridiculous margin on these things.

I understand they're carrying a higher cost base but the difference really takes the mick. We've just bought some Polyflor recently (cheaper cousin to Karndean). It was £25 sq m in every shop (maybe with a few % off as best possible negotiation outcome). But was £13.50 sq m online. We saved more than £700. It's too much cash not to...

cece Wed 14-Aug-13 07:50:26

I'm also in Surrey. I bought Amtico Spacia online and had a local guy my builder knew to fit it. It is in my kitchen diner. TBH it is fine but has scratched inn places plus I have a hole in one tile where I dropped a plate on it that broke and gouged a hole.

Sandybeach2 Wed 14-Aug-13 23:25:07

Thank you Blankiefan and Cece. I have begun to look online and absolutely there is a price difference. Appreciate your help.

Sandybeach2 Wed 14-Aug-13 23:35:24

Although was looking at the Spacia range, slightly concerned that it may not be as hard wearing as I would like

hollyisalovelyname Thu 15-Aug-13 00:21:57

Iwishiwasafrog- the link is not working

cece Thu 15-Aug-13 09:41:07

To be fair the plate did hit the floor quite hard and the sharp edge went straight down on it. I'm not sure any flooring would have withstood it! Plus I landed on top of it all...

Blankiefan Thu 15-Aug-13 09:43:29

Cece I believe they can replace broken individual tiles. They just come in and heat it up with a blowtorch thingie and then replace it. Apparently it's a ten minute job...

partystress Thu 15-Aug-13 16:33:23

Karndean every time for me. Amtico is less forgiving if you are a bit of a slattern occasionally forget to strip and reseal - starts to look and feel mucky. None of the Karndean I have had has needed any treating when first laid, and I just hoover/damp mop it - use Dettol floor wipes in kitchen and bathroom for greasy spots/unmentionables. Fitting costs the same whichever you go for.

CleverlyConcealed Thu 15-Aug-13 16:43:47

I have Karndean in my kitchen/breakfast room and in the hall. American Oak in the hall and Soapstone in the kitchen. It'd been down 8 plus years now; is slightly scratched in the hall (3 kids) but the kitchen is looking fab.

I've not yet resealed it - the downstairs loo does need it doing, the rest is fine. that's because I'm a bit of a demon with the bleach spray in the loo.

cece Thu 15-Aug-13 19:27:59

Oh OK I might email them.

Seal? I have never heard of this???

MrsBucketxx Fri 16-Aug-13 08:31:39

Mine is rhino flooring from carpet right thats about 20 quid a square meter.

I love it its been down two years and hasnt knocked or marked, we have lots of comments on our lovely wood floor as it looks so good.

Id definitely have it again.

Reastie Fri 16-Aug-13 14:22:05

What is this strip and reseal someone has spoken of? We've had kardean fitted a couple of weeks ago and I thought once it was in that was it, just sweep and mop. There's more upkeep to it?

DM has beautiful amtico parquet looking floor but it's scratched so not indestructible. Too soon for me to comment on kardean but so far so good.

hollyisalovelyname Fri 16-Aug-13 18:16:47

Mum has Amtico down 25 years in the kitchen- still looking good!

Leah12 Fri 28-Apr-17 12:40:11

We have Karndean and it's been great, we had eyed up amtico but the cost put us off. Especially when Karndean offer lifetime guarantees, seemed a no brainier for us, way better than laminate though.

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