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      10.08.2010 23:22
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      A lovely-looking, affordable floor that an amateur can lay.

      I've always been very much a carpet kind of person, but after enduring one winter with the new dog and kids tramping mud straight from the garden into the living room the carpet and I were in a bad way and something had to give.

      Off to Floors-2-Go then, with some measurements and the barest idea of what I needed.

      All the natural washed-out colours that I had in mind are of course the most expensive and I didn't want to risk lots of money for my first attempt. In the end I got their Calgary Oak, being pretty cheap but a nice dark colour. With the beading for round the edge plus underlay and a packet of fitting tools and Argos's second-cheapest jigsaw it cost me £200 for a medium-sized living room.

      The underlay is necessary to smooth out uneven patches on the concrete floor and adds cushioning. When I found I had enough laminate to to do a little landing as well I tried doing it first without inderlay but the result was really hard and rattly underfoot so I ripped it up and did it properly.

      You don't need to be a DIY expert to lay laminate: it's not difficult, but it's fiddly at times. Even when the sections are joined securely they can come apart again when laying later sections, which gets really frustrating.
      I strongly recommend getting a floor-laying kit to bash the sections of laminate together: it's a much more difficult job without it.

      The whole job including moving furniture and ripping up the carpet took one full day, and by the end I felt like an expert!

      The results look really good: I'm really impressed with how the floor looks although I'd maybe use an alternative to beading next time as I found it difficult to saw the strips exactly right to join at the corners, and it also looks a bit rough and amateurish where it meets the doorframes.

      The laminate is a joy to keep clean: I sweep up once a day, and the pile of mud and dog hair is amazing. It's so nice not top have it all getting matted into the carpet.
      You're not supposed to get laminate wet but in my experience a wipe with a damp mop does no harm at all.

      I'm waiting to see if it's cosy enough in the winter, and even though I've bought a big rug in readiness I think I may be pining for carpet come December but it'll have to wait til the kids and their dog leave home!

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        19.10.2009 11:03
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        Not ideal if you live in a block of flats, but does looks very modern

        Laminate flooring is an engineered hard flooring designed to look and feel like real wood. It comes in planks about 25-30cm wide, about 150cm long and about 6mm deep. Most laminate has a click system whereby you should be able to simply click the planks together, however some laminate requires glue. Costs can vary widely depending on the type of laminate you want and its appearance, however you should expect to pay at least £8 per square metre (I paid £17 per metre square which tells you how much it can cost)

        Last month I decided to put a laminate down in my hallway. I have been a big fan of laminate in the past, although I have never lived with it, and always admire it in other peoples' homes. I decided that as I was putting the laminate in the hallway, where there is no furniture to break it up, that I should choose a more expensive type of laminate that actually looked like wood, because I'm not so keen on laminate when it actually looks like laminate. I opted for Homebase's Country Hornbeam and I got round to laying it last week. Now, having never laid laminate flooring before I swotted up rather a lot on 'how to' guides. I saw loads of videos and visiting lots of 'expert' websites. I also picked up the Laminate Guide from Homebase. Everyone claimed it was one of the easiest DIY jobs you can do. I have to say that I really disagree. I suppose my first problem was that I was putting it in an odd-shaped hall, where I also have 6 doorways to contend with. I can imagine that it probably is a vast deal easier if you're doing it in a square room with just one doorway.

        Laminate flooring expands and contracts depending on the temperature, so you can't lay it flush against the wall. Therefore the first thing you have to decide befiore laying laminate is whether or not you're going to lay it under the skirting boards or next to the skirting board, leaving an expansion gap. Laying it under the skirting is more aesthetically pleasing as you don't have to put loads of beading (thin laminate strips) over the expansion gaps. I opted to lay it under the skirting boards and attempted to pull some of the skirting off. This proved to be a huge mistake as the thing all came off in bits and it became apparent that I'd be there all day trying to get it off and would then have to spend money and time buying and fitting totally new skirting. So I quickly decided to abandon that plan and to lay it next to the skirting and to just fit the beading.

        The second thing you have to decide is what underlay you're going to use. There are different ones available, but for my purposes (wooden floorboards with another flat directly underneath me) I used the thickest one I could find, just to try to minimise noise levels. Floors should be completely flat before fitting the underlay so nails will have to be thoroughly banged in (or rmeoved) and loose floorboards will have to be csrewed down. Laying the underlay was really easy - literally just hacking it into the right size and shape with a pair of scissors and then sticking it all together with some masking tape. If you are laying on a concrete floor then you will need to lay a damp-proof membrane as well, or buy underlay with it built in.

        Then you have to worry about how to fit the laminate around the doorways. The recommendation is that you actually remove the bottom of the architraves so the laminate can slide underneath it. All round this is cosmetically the best thing to do so you dno't end up trying to fit little bits of beading round the architrave. I was concerned about doing this as it looked quite difficult, but it was actually dead easy and I managed to get all 6 architraves trimmed down in no time. It is also worth mentioning here that you also need to consider any doors that will swing over the laminate itself. I didn't consider it beforehand and found, after I'd laid the floor, that I couldn't close one of the doors. You have to do some measuring and take some off the bottom of any affected doors. But this is ok as long as you measure up ok and can cope with removing and re-hanging doors.

        Now then...on with the laying! It all starts off easily enough. The first plank goes down no problem! Then you put down the next one and there's no problem there either as they 'click' together. The problems start when you start to lay your fourth or fifth plank. At this point they decide that they're not going to click in place any more, and there is always a gap at one end or the other of the plank you're laying - giving the feeling that the boards were warped. This nearly drove me potty until my friend suggested simply hammering them in. And it worked! So that was the way forward from then on, hammering in plank after plank. There is a lot of measuring and sawing involved (do not attempt this without a jig saw or you will regret it) but most of it is manageable. The doorways were a complete nightmare and I was glad when we managed to get them done. They don't look very professional, but they're not bad for a first attempt and a bit of beading will cover the worst bits.

        The thing I had issues with was how big the expansion gap should be (you have to leave a gap all the way round because the laminate expands in warm weather). The instructions said to leave 12mm each side but that seemed like a huge amount to me and my hall is only about a metre wide. I was also wondering how much the laminate had already contracted on the day I was laying it (it was pretty cold) - did I need to leave a larger gap because the laminate could only get bigger? Similarly, if laying it on a boiling hot day, should the expansion gap be non-existent because it's already grown as big as it can? It is a bit of a minefield, but in the end I decided to split the difference and leave a 5/6mm gap all the way round and I'll have to just see how that goes come summer time.

        A six metre square hallway took me a good two days (and one of the days I was assisted by a friend) including preparation time. Having done it once I would certainly have no qualms about attempting another room, although I don't think I would attempt another hallway in a hurry. The result looks amazing - it really does look like a real wood floor. The cats love it and it's easy to keep clean. The only thing I would say is that I now make a right racket when I walk about with shoes on, but that's only to be expected. It can also be scratched easily with grit, so you need to sweep up quite regularly, but the cats have had a good tme scratching it and they've not left one mark on the floor, which proves the floor is quite hard-wearing.

        All in all I would recommend laminate, but I would definitely say it's worth spending a bit more to get some really good-looking stuff.

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          28.09.2009 08:17
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          A Wonderful Alternative To Wooden Flooring

          I find laminate flooring is the kind of thing that you either love it or you hate it. Personally I'm in-between the two and I can see pros and cons of having it in your house.

          The first benefit is obviously the cost. It's a lot cheaper than normal wood and it's easier to maintain. I bought this for my hallway and it's been installed at a far cheaper price than had I gone for the authentic stuff.

          It's a bright in colour and I find it certainly brightens a room. My hallway is without light and no access to windows so it's bright and reflects light in and adds to the appearance.

          Personally for me I find it easy to clean and maintain as well. You can run a quick mop over it and it's clean instantly. Also, running the hose of the vacuum cleaner over it will quickly collect any dirt that's settled.

          There are a few cons to having it as well to which you can see why I'm in-between loving and hating it.

          Firstly, although it is easy to clean you do seem to spend all of your time cleaning it, especially if you put it in your hallway like I did which is where the main entry point of dirt is. Dust seems to settle a lot easier and because laminate is quite bright dirt seems to show a lot more clearly.

          The second is that it marks easily. If I can give you one piece of advice, it's not to wear high heels or pointy footwear on it because it will dent the flooring and it'll noticeably show. Eventually it will get worse and worse and ruin the entire surface. Dirt also gets in the dents and is near impossible to move.

          I do feel though that if you take good care of it and notice the cons I mentioned then you'll be left with a lovely floor with a wooden effect that brightens and adds to the appearance of the room and makes it a joy to be in.

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            15.09.2009 20:35
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            Glad I choose this one.

            At the weekend we had our kitchen flooring changed from vinyl to laminate flooring. We spent a good deal of time uhmming and ahhing over whether this would be a good thing or not and finally decided to give it a go.

            After researching various types on the internet we decided that we needed to lay a floor which would be moisture resistant as we planned on leaving it down for a substantial period of time.

            A trip to the local big chain DIY store (who just happened to have 15% off everything at that point :>) and we were surprised by the ranges available. After perusing all the options we plumped for AquaLOC+ Moisture Resistant by Floormaster.

            The packaging clearly stated it was ideal for Kitchens, Bathroom and Utility Rooms - which it classed as Splash Areas - so we were reassured.
            Also on the packaging was a handy guide of how much you would need. It detailed that the pack covered 1.48SQM and each board was 12mm x 192mm x 1285mm. From this we could work out that we needed to buy 9 packs.

            This particular flooring also comes with a 20 year guarantee if you use it on a domestic area and 10 year guarantee if it is for commercial usage. It does not require glue and the boards click together.

            As my husband and I had never laid laminate flooring before we opted to have someone else do it for us, however the packaging has quite comprehensive instructions on the reverse which if you were determined to give it a go yourself would probably be sufficient to aid in your labours.

            We opted for the beech effect as we have a beech effect kitchen and it matches well.

            The overall finish of this flooring is excellent, with a nice even colour and the joins are barely visible - in fact in some areas you would not even know there were joins. I am really pleased we opted for this brand and would highly recommend it to other people. It is not the cheapest by any means, the packs retailed for £22.17 each but it will be in my kitchen for many years to come so I consider it to be a good investment.

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              10.06.2009 00:42
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              Use laminates if you have pets or children.

              We moved to our present house in 2004 when it was newly constructed. We chose the laminate floorings from a dealer in swansea who sold it for discounted prices. Our house builders mentioned that this was a newly built house and recommended that we use carpet to let the floors expand and contract for atleast 6 months. But we insisted on getting laminates because of added expenses to change later. We dont have any pets and didnt even have our child then but were still persistent on having laminates. Until today, the floors have stayed still and with constant mopping, it still has its lusture.

              Advantages-
              1) looks like wood but a lot cheaper
              2) easy to clean than carpets especially spillage of drinks and vacuuming of hair
              3) Easy to lay and remove
              4) If maintained well, it looks new for years
              5) Cheaper to clean- doesn't need special cleaning products

              Disadvantages-
              1) Coldish to walk on- especially during winters.
              2) On first floors- it does make walking noises

              Best buys at cheap prices-
              - Ikea
              - B&Q
              - Floors to go

              How to lay? (in short- refer to B&Q website for detailed instructions)
              1) Make sure the surface must be dry, firm and level and choose a suitable laminate flooring for the selected room. Remember to open the laminates from packaging 48hrs before thw work i.e. 'conditioning'
              2) Lay a suitable underlay- either polyfoam, combined or wood fibre board underlay
              3)laminate flooring expands and contracts naturally so space needs to be left around the edges of the room. Allow approximately 10 mm between the boards and the skirting
              4) Lay the first board with the short tongue against the wall. Fit your spacers between the wall and the board ensuring that the board is parallel to the wall
              5) The next board should be laid end-on to the first board making sure that the tongues lock together. To lock the tongues, slide the board in at 30 degrees so that it slots-in when lowered.
              6) Continue this pattern until you reach the end of the row. The last board will probably have to be cut to fit.
              7) To strenthen the laminate, start the second row with half a board, then angle the long side at 30 degrees to lock the tongues. Press forward and downwards at the same time to lock into place.
              8) After the full flooringis finished, remove the spacers around the outside, and cover the gap around the edge of the room with a matching laminate flooring trim.

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                07.05.2009 21:30
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                laminated flooring perfect for the home maybe not flats with thin floors

                I had my laminate flooring out in my flat about 5 years ago, we thought that it would be a fantastic idea for so many reasons. The first one being that we have two rather grubby little cats that leave alsorts of dirt and debris around the house and it was much easier to sweep up the cat hairs and dirt rather then getting the hoover out constantly. We also thought that is would be more allergenically sound as I have a dust mite allergy which as you can imagine can be a total nightmare with a carpetted house. We thought that the look suited our home and was much more practical than the carpet that was in situ. I think it cost us about 300-400 pounds to fully laminate our hallway, front room and smal bedroom. We did the front room and hallway with the interlocking variety of laminate flooring and the small bedroom with the glue together flooring. It took probably a morning to complete the whole flooring and the laying of the underlay with very little stress even with the glue together flooring which we were told could be a little difficult at times to manage. The floor looked fabulous and still does now, it is hardwearing and very easy to clean perfect for a busy lifestyle that many people now have. The down side however is that our downstair neighbours believe it to be a little noisy so the main throughfares have now been carpetted again much to my dislike.

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                21.08.2008 14:50
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                Laminate floors are easy to clean and can look good if you stay away from the cheap stuff!

                Once kids come along there is no better floor covering than the easy clean covering that is laminate flooring. In saying that I hate to see houses that have the cheapest light coloured flooring from front door to back and in every room on the way.

                I personally have the cheaper laminate flooring in the hall where it gets the most abuse because if a few panels get damaged I just lift and replace.

                In my living room and dining room I have very expensive dark wood laminate flooring which is so easy to keep clean but looks fantastic, it can be a bit bare and cold looking but I combat that with a white sheepskin rug in the centre of the living room.

                On the stairs I have a carpet but again in the top hall I go back to light laminate flooring and in the bathroom we have wood look floor tiles. Our bedroom is the only room in the house with carpet; it is safe in there because the kids don't play there.

                Our son's room has dark laminate flooring but not as dark as the living rooms and our daughters room has a pink laminate floor (she is pink mad)!!

                We have linoleum in the kitchen and more laminate in the guest bedroom, so you can see we are big laminate fans. The main reason for the laminate is the ease of keeping it clean but I do also like the look and the fact that I have become very good at laying it so I can do it all myself whereas I am hopeless with carpet so would have to pay to have it laid.

                I do have a huge rug in my sons room because he is only two and when he was very young we were worried about him falling and banging his head on the laminate. The rug takes up most of the play area on the floor which eliminates that worry!

                B&Q, focus DIY, Homebase and tons of other places sell laminate flooring of many different prices and colours, there are even flooring stores now that sell nothing but laminate flooring and you can grab some really good deals.

                Some laminate is very, very cheap but you do also get some very expensive ones. Our living room is around 15 x 17 ft and the laminate to cover it cost us nearly £900 so laminate is not always cheap!!

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                21.08.2008 14:14
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                Very fresh looking flooring

                A few years ago when laminate flooring was popular we were doing up our house. Originally I wanted laminate flooring in both the large bedrooms and the living room but we only did the two bedrooms and decided a carpet would be warmer in the living room.

                We bought our laminate flooring from United Carpets and it cost us about £150 for the two rooms so it was pretty cheap then but I don't know how much the price has increased since.

                Ours is a pine effect and after reading about how we needed to leave a gap around the edge of the room so the wood could expand we got busy. We first laid hardboard over the floorboards for a smoother base then put insulating layers of foam on top of this. Then came the laminate flooring.

                The planks must be sawn down to various lengths so they are staggered and the joins do not line up so there's plenty of sawing to do! Also the planks are supposed to slide together in tonge and groove style but we found they needed more help than just sliding, we had a block of wood and a hammer and tapped down the edge of each plank.

                The last few planks are more difficult too, there's not enough room for you to work so they're really hard to snap into place.

                Some people glue their planks together but we didn't and ours haven't come apart. There's also some edging you can buy that goes on top of the planks and joins the skirting boards so you cover the gap you have to leave. We used this in one room and in the other we had new skirting boards so just slotted those over the top.

                You can also buy repair kits which are like felt tips in the appropriate colour and when you chip the flooring you colour it in to hide the damage. We have a few chips on ours and I don't walk on it in high heels for obvious reasons!

                Initially I bought a swiffer which is a flat head on a handle and you attach either dry cloths to pick up dust or wet ones to wash the floor but I soon realised this was an unnecessary purchase. I sweep ours with a normal sweeping brush and wash it with a damp mop, not sopping wet, just damp. This keeps it clean and dust free.

                Spills are easy to clean from laminate flooring and it's nice and cool underfoot in the summer but in the winter we put rugs over most of ours in our bedroom as it can get cold. I also think it doesn't help much in the winter with regards the temperature of the room, it's not as insulating as carpets. Alot of people say laminate flooring is warm but it's not really and I'm glad we went with a carpet in our living room.

                It does look nice however, really opens a room up and even with rugs on it is a very clean look. It isn't difficult to lay and depending on the size of the room and how many are helping you could have it in place in a day.

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                21.08.2008 13:48
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                not the best flooringin my opinion

                Laminate Flooring!!

                Everyone went through the phase not so long ago when laminate flooring was very popular indeed. I jumped onto that bandwagon and have laminate in my living room.

                Laminate flooring is really easy to lay and has a tounge and groove method allowing them to slide ito each other easilly.

                Laminate flooring is very simple look after once laid and is easy to clean. The floor can be cleaned with a sweeping brush and also with a mop. There are hundereds of products you can use on your floor but most normal floor cleaners will do the trick.

                My own opinion of laminate flooring is not so good. The flooring can be purchased quite cheap, clearly the more the pay the better value you can get but still the flooring can chip quite easilly. If I were to have wooden flooring I would prefer standard wood flooring in the tounge and groove method.

                I think that laminated flooring can make the house feel quite cold. The cosy nights in and sitting on the soft carpets are gone and the floor can be quite cold to walk across. Laminate, I have found to be difficult for babies to crawl across due to their hard texture, meaning it is hard on babies knees. Carpets I feel are much better.

                Laminated Flooring can be bought from most DIY shops, more commonly found in places such as B&Q. It can be purchased online too but you may have to pay a delivery charge. The laminate comes in a box with a certain ammount of slats, the box itself is not very wide but can be quite long and deep, also quite heavy.

                If you have an uneven floor I would strongly advised against laminated flooring as the flooring can bow and this does not look very nice at all.. trust me!!

                Try it for yourself!! xx

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                Give me a nice carpet over this any day!!!

                Although I have not laid any laminate flooring so am unable to comment on the ease of use etc, I have now lived in two places where there has been a substancial amount of it.

                The first was when I was at university, in my third year I shared a house with two other people. The house was like something straight out of an Ikea catalogue, it looked very modern and nice. This included laminate flooring in almost the entire downstairs area. It looked really nice and gave a good impression when you first saw it. Although it looked really nice, we found it a real chore to keep clean as dust which would normally be trapped by carpet and vacuumed away easily, tends to gather at the edges of rooms and become very visible. At the time I put it down to the fact we were students, so the house was often busy with people and with the hours of work we were doing (which were huge) we didn't get to cleaning the house very often.

                The second place is in the flat I live in with my girlfriend, who was really pleased with the laminate when she first saw it as she really liked the look of it. I was not so sure due to my experiences at university but decided we should give it a go because the place was going to be a lot less busy than the student house, and with it being our own place we would be cleaning it much more frequently so hopefully the problems of dust gathering would not be so bad.....I was wrong.

                As nice as the laminate flooring is to look at, I really feel it is a nightmare to try to keep clean. I swear I could sweep and mop the floor every morning and evening and still within a couple of hours there would be enough dust about for it to need doing again! You might wonder why we sweep and mop rather than just using a vacuum, well the answer is simple, our vacuum is not suitable for laminated flooring, it is very much designed for carpets of all thickness and is too harsh to be used on soft laminate floors as the brushes will scratch them. Yes we could change the vacuum for something else but as we are just setting up a home, it's an expensive time, and having got hold of a very very good vacuum (which is wonderful on carpet...and hence will be very useful if we move and there is carpet) for a great price we don't really want to spend anymore on another one.

                That actually leads me onto my second gripe about laminate flooring, the possibility of damage.... This is less of a problem for expensive type of flooring than for the cheaper slot together stuff you can get from diy shops, but lets face it, that is what most people will use as it's a much more cost effective way of having a wood effect floor. The problem is that if you're not very careful, it can be quite easy to cause damage to the flooring, whether it be scratches, dents/cracks or liquid damage if something is spilt and seeps into the joins, which can cause the flooring to swell or bubble etc.If you do damage the flooring, it can be very difficult to sort it out.

                The other things which I don't like are the fact that it can be very slippery if something is spilt, which can be dangerous particularly for children or the elderly. And, much more minor, the fact that in the winter is really cold under your feet, give me a nice warm snug carpet under my feet any day.

                My conclusion would be that, yes the flooring does look very nice, it does also have downsides that people may not have thought about. If you are prepared for the extra cleaning which you will need to do to keep it looking clean and to stop dust building up, and know you will be careful enough to not cause any damange etc then go for laminate, me....I'm saving for new carpets.

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                  28.07.2007 19:53

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                  awful

                  B&Q Tilelock laminate is the worst laminate flooring I have ever tried to lay. It is impossible to get the joints nice and flush and I spent almost an hour trying to fit one board neatly, without success. The boards had bends in them down the locking edge, making it impossible to join them. I gave up after 5 hours and took the unopened packs back to B@Q for a refund. Don't buy this product.

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                  25.06.2007 13:44

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                  Brilliant laminate from the right suppliers

                  Quickstep 800 Eligna sound (Natural Oak Plank)
                  First the good news! I can heartily recommend any of the Quickstep products to anyone thinking of laying a new laminate floor. It's so quick and easy to lay and looks really good. No glue used, it just clips together, and if you by the 'sound' planks the underlay is built in.
                  All in all, an excellent product. This gets the full 5 stars from me!
                  Now the bad news...
                  I would NOT recommend the supplier of the above flooring to anyone. Having ordered everything on-line, I was pleased to have it arrive next day, as advertised on orders over £350. It was duly signed for and moved into the conservatory where it was going to be layed.
                  As I began to lay the third box I noticed a bit of damage to corner of the laminate. On inspecting the other boxes
                  I was not best pleased. Five of the 13 packs I ordered were unuseable due to damaged corners. This was brought to the attention of Flooring Supplies Ltd, where I had placed the order. E-Mails and photos were sent to customer sevices, but to no avail.
                  In their 'terms and conditions' it states that a quick visual inspection of the delivery for damage should be carried out before signing for it. It also states that the boxes are not be opened. Seems a bit difficult to check for damage if you can't open the boxes!
                  Flooring Supplies will not refund any money or supply any replacements at all. I am now £150 out of pocket having to source more flooring from a different company.
                  Take note:- Tough luck if you get damaged goods from this company.
                  I might have go at Trading Standards yet!

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                  29.07.2004 04:40
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                  Mrs D once wrote a review about Ikea Tundra laminate flooring, although she stuck it under my name on Ciao. In those days, she was getting me a name as a bit of a churner, and blow is the depth of opinion which she offered (PS this article also got the most reads I ever received on Ciao!): ************************************************** All Mrs D?s knowledge I have had my Tundra Laminate Floor from Ikea for 2 years now and I have to say that it is the best decision I ever made. It's easy to keep clean and maintain and still looks as good as it did when originally fitted. Tundra flooring has a 15 year guarantee and is very hard wearing. I have two kids and two dogs, I have no stains as I did with my previous scotchguard carpet. Spills are easy to clean up and marks are none existant! I would certainly recommend Ikea Tundra to anyone considering it. Before I checked the prices at Ikea I had a quotation from Courts who wanted to charge me in excess of £2000, I contacted Ikea, purchased the flooring and materials for less than £500 and had their contractors fit the floor, all for less than £800! **************************************************** Now, tonight, I intend to move the world of laminate flooring forward just a little and I?ll try and give you the real lowdown on this smart little invention? I?ve heard laminate flooring being pooh poohed (technical description) for years, but I have to say, THEY?RE ALL WRONG ? laminate flooring is very good indeed, and very clean and easy. Ikea, although they are responsible for many of the worse things in home furnishings and equipment, just like Habitat, are certainly a brilliant provider (is there such a phrase) of laminat
                  e flooring. For those of you for whom this is all a little bit mysterious, laminate flooring is a man made creation which looks exactly like wooden flooring when laid. It?s formed a bit like tongue and groove in that the various panels slot together (like a very simple jigsaw) and lock into place. I?ve never sussed out how exactly you get the last piece in because surely the wall will stop you doing it, but then you have men to do that sort of dirty work for you, don?t you? It?s (apparently) very easy to fit, but the real advantage is how clean and hygienic it is, although you can see the dirt which tends to be hidden in a carpet, so it does get a bit irritating, but you certainly feel a nice warm glow when you?ve swept and hovered it. It?s vital that you don?t get the flooring wet because it can warp, but we?ve had flooring all through Chez27 for many years now and never experienced this nasty little complaint, so I wouldn?t worry TOO much. I also have to say that in my opinion it?s much cheaper and more cost effective than carpeting, and significantly preferable if there?s anyone in the house who suffers with asthma. The only trouble is, I?m afraid that this entire subject is VERY BORING, and there is little to be said. She?s telling me now, goading me, ?Try to beat me, would you, my fans will tell you where to get off.? Ignore her, treasures, dave27 knows best and recommends laminate flooring? PS As Larry said "Hi I thought you might have mentioned the glue you need, the tools you need, and the fact that it doesn't actually go right up to the edge - you need to leave expansion gaps, what about the insulated membrane you need to put down, I've laid one of these floors in my old house, I feel you've actually missed quite a bit about them. Larry" Absolutely right, me old cock sparrer, whoever fits the flooring needs all that stuff (wasn't me so I don't care) and you have to do all those bits, 'nuff said...

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                    14.03.2004 04:20
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                    There are a number of advantages and disadvantages with this but as with all laminated flooring. When i decorated my first house with my partner we chose this as choice of flooring on the ground floor and i remember distintively we swore never to get it again. But i can now tell you a few years on, last week we were looking at buying flooring for our new house and we were very close to buying it again. Advantages are that it is stunning, especially the living surface range, which is what we went for. There are only three of its type available in Oak, Beech and Pine and gives the effect of a real wood floor (as apposed to the panelled effect like a school hall/gym floor/disco floor) It has the immatation scratches of the effect that the planks have been individually sawn, and the grain and knots are very unique and different on every plank. With this particular range you are looking at expensive flooring from around £18.99 - £28 SqM whereas for the more standard laminate flooring as mentioned above, of a more panelled effect it is anything from and around £3.99 SqM. Everyones taste is different and there is something to suit every style of decoration from Modern to Traditional. The Uniclic idea works very similar to tongue and grove floor boards. Slot together, and press down until it clicks. Yes, it is easy, my partner did a 15x14 room in a day and comes with full installation advice and instructions but you will have to buy the fitting kit seperate (Approx £10) Disadvantages is that if you cant afford a lot then this is an expensive option as you will need to buy the recommended insulation floor pack to fit down before fitting the planks and this can double your calculated price. Also we found the floor very cold, ok so we didnt have any central heating or double glazing and we had a severe damp problem but the floor didnt help and on visiting friends who have similar flooring it was a very uncosy cold room to
                    be sat in. So unless you do have money to spend then an additional cost for under floor heating is out of the window to. It is noisy to walk on with shoes or if you drop things (mobile for example) be sure that it will break, but generally stilettos, fag ash or keys will not damage your floor as many of them are protected against this (But check the stats before buying as each one varies depending on what you spend on your floor) It is uncomfortable to walk on bear foot/without slippers or shoes, especially if you have a cat who uses a cat box and likes to flick cat litter everywhere, when you stand on gritty bits it can be painful! It's probably not recommended for people with animals, especially dogs. Having pets around is unfair on them - its not to cosy for your cat so you will probably need to get a rug to keep it happy and larger dogs such as Great Danes or Irish wolf hounds are prone to long-term leg damage. Your vet will confirm this. The dust/fluff/hair your pet occumulates and departs with often floats around and to the edges of the floor and in places you wouldnt think to clean often, its not easy to hoover so hard work with a mop and broom is depends on how motivated you can be. (At least if you spill red wine, you can take your time and mop it up without worrying about stains!) I many a time slipped on my socks when stepping off of the last step on the stairs and contol is often lost and you land hard on your bum. It can be very dangerous so purchasing non slip slippers is a definete. (Not really suitable for hyper children who forget to wear or dont have slippers.) You can buy the floor packs from most DIY, carpet and homeware stores such as B&Q, Homebase, Focus, Carpet right and even online. For home owners - definetely a profit making idea as the buyers will love it!

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                      03.09.2003 23:45
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                      i never thought i would be able to get laminate flooring but i did. So many advantages. so lets begin 1 - so much cheaper than a carpet i got my floor done for 70 quid a carpet was 180 for my room. 2 - no more extra money being spent on carpet shmpoos to remove stains as the laminate is wip clean 3 - easy to quickly sweep up instead of faffing around with a hoover. 4 - so much easier to lay if you buy the click in to place stuff. 5 more fun than a carpet as you can slide on this surface and i particularily enjoy watching my rabbitts think they are on ice. 6 - How much more modern and attrative does it look. also laminate boosts up the value of your house :D this stuff really makes you wanna stay in your room and looks fantastic with peach walls and beech furniture like i used. my room prior was dull morbid and i hated it. but know its a pleasure to wake up it feels so much more lighter and happier and as daf as it sounds it gives you a real good start to the day before the dreaded postmn comes.

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                      Laminate flooring mimics the look of traditional woods while offering easy installation and lasting durability. At first glance, it can be difficult to spot the difference between hardwoods and laminate flooring. What appears to be a natural wood grain pattern is really a thin layer of decor paper (a photographic image) under a tough-as-nails protective film that is glued and pressed to a high-density backing board. Laminate flooring comes in an array of wood effects as well as stone and ceramic effects. Laminate floorings main advantages are that it is easy to install is very hardwearing and relatively inexpensive compared to real hardwood flooring. Laminate flooring is a floating floor, which means it does not fasten directly to the sub-floor. Instead the planks are clicked together. This enables the floor to be fitted fast and with no real mess. You can walk on you laminate flooring straight away.