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Bathroom and kitchen flooring(7 Posts)
We do not want to do porcelain tiles because our DS is just 15 months old.
LVT seems to be warmer and softer. But they require very even floor.
I started looking at regular vinyl, that can be glued to underfloor so can be done quicker and less work is required.
Some here www.tapi.co.uk/vinyl/bathroom?nP=2 got 15 years quarantee.
What would you say the main difference in quality and durability between LVT and vinyl flooring?
The LVT can be replaced in sections.
Some has 20 year guarantee
Less likely to rip or buckle if you need to move the washing machine or dishwasher.
I brought some LVT on eBay as a job lot, builder over ordered, it was a bargain at £150!
Ultimately it’s your choice.
Thank you @BluebellsGreenbells!
To me it is more about saving time (on fixing underfloor) than money.
Tapi came out and measured for mine and suddenly the “didn’t need to be as even” turned into “needed to be just as even”. And they wanted my DH to do it to keep costs down but didn’t understand we are “prefer to pay a professional to do it right” people. Plus their product appeared to involve a lot of (what sounded like) obvious joins because its big sheets. Whereas LVT are usually smaller planks/tiles. I walked away from tapi.
cushioned vinyl is fine in a bathroom. Comfortable underfoot, the rooms are small enough to do it in one piece, and if necessary it can be rolled back to get at the floor.
Unless the floorboards are very flat and smooth, put down 4mm ply first, or the vinyl will go into creases and holes. Put the factory-cut edges of the ply to the middle of the room, because they will be perfectly straight with square corners and will fit together perfectly, and any cut edges go to the edges of the room. After a couple of weeks, when the vinyl has relaxed to size, you can put white silicone sealant in the gap under the skirting, it will look smart, tone with white paint, and prevent water, grime and wildlife getting into, or coming out of, the gap. Clean the gap first with a paintbrush and vac.
It also works in a kitchen, but is more likely to be dented or scarred by heavy furniture or appliances being dragged across it. You can get a non-cushioned very hard-wearing version as used in commercial kitchens, it is more expensive and can have a non-slip stone-like surface.
I suggest asking around for a local flooring and carpet company (not one of the High Street chains) that will do supply and fit. The sort of company that does pubs, restaurants and offices. They may not have a glossy showroom or a glossy salesman.
Hi OP, not sure if it's helpful for you or not but we're just doing our second bathroom refurb in 5 years (different houses!) and are putting this down again:
It's completely waterproof, really good looking and feels nice underfoot. We haven't done any special 'floor levelling' on either project and it's been fine.
We like the dark wood effect with light walls but they do a million colours etc so get to a local stockists' showroom if you can! Best of luck <3
Thank you WoolyMammoth55. I will look into laminates.