Living Room Flooring advice

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  1. BrynTeg

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    In my new place i have to make a decision soon on the floor in the main living room, i have always had Carpets, but now have the option of a hardwood engineered floor by the builder, can anyone here who has this help me along with the decision ?
     
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    Carpet for me. Lovely and cosy under the feet.

    I the engineered wood in the hall and kitchen. It's nice to look at and hard waring but it's cold underfoot as I have concrete floors.

    So we opted to keep the carpet in the living room for comfort. It's easy to change for a decor update as well.
     
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    There is underfloor heating installed, the hall has the wood floor so was just wondering if carrying it on into the living room would look smart?
    But good advice on the decor update, change of colour in the future etc!!
     
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    Suppose the underfloor heating would make a difference.

    We had Karndean flooring throughout our old house and I thought it was too echoey for a living room.

    Just think carpet is nice and cosy and quiet when people are walking about.

    Something nice about a shaggy pile between the toes lol
     
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    Don't like carpets in general, suffer with asthma. It's surprising the amount of detritus that can be collected even from our laminate floor. Can't imagine what goes unseen in a carpeted flooring, even with good house keeping skills .

    Laminate or similar for me, with the odd rug here & there and slippers!
     
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    I don't think you can have carpet with underfloor heating. We have underfloor heating throughout the ground floor, so have tiles.
     
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    I’ve had engineered oak and solid oak in the past. Also laminate.

    It depends on the house but sometimes it’s too cold to have anything but carpet.

    If you are looking at engineered then I’d not bother and go for an LVT instead. I much prefer it. Porcelain planks are very popular nowadays with UFH.

    Personally I still prefer the Vinyl
     
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    We swapped laminate for engineered wood. We have pets and a wood burner so was a no brainer vs carpet as it’s easier to clean and more hard wearing. It made the room feel bigger. Doesn’t feel too cold underfoot not compared to the old laminate. Can also add a rug if needed.

    If you get a decent acoustic underlay that will make a big difference and I think UFH then will be comfortable under foot too, so why not?? It does look really good.

    Would suggest if you have any doors to the outside from that room then definitely go for wood.
     
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    I will also be having a wood burner in that room, and i have a border terrier, i will have to decide this week, so they can get on with the build.
     
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    If you have a dog you need to check the hardness of the top layer of the engineered wood as it will get scratched and dented by the dogs nails. It can only be lightly sanded once or twice and let’s face it who can be bothered??

    Maybe tiles or vinyl might be better option.
     
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    In my new build we have had polished concrete throughout the whole ground floor, never again will we have carpets, the amount of crap that builds up on a daily basis is a sight to be believed, we do have 5 kids and a dog mind!!

    Laminate upstairs just the odd rug around, so easy to clean and easy maintenance for me carpets are a thing of the past!!
     
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    Me too, a far more warmer & satisfying experience than some so called 'improved' modern solutions...

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    A neighbour has wood flooring throughout albeit laminate and it is noisy. When they argue the sound is not absorbed by carpeting but pretty much bounced around the flat and through the front door in to the communal stair.
     
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    Ive got carpet in living room and dining room. Vinyl in Kitchen and engineered in hall so a mixture.

    Ill be laying solid wood flooring throughout in a few months, except living room. Cant imagine having no carpet in there. The living room needs to be cosy for me.
     
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    You can get some fantastic porcelain floor tiles nowadays, wood effect are strikingly realistic and virtually maintenance free, then just buy a large rug to make it cosy.
     
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    Yes, ive seen some very nice tiles, ive had them fitted in my bathroom , kitchen and utility, very smart
     
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    We've got wooden flooring that's about 80 years old and sanded down. Would love to have a carpet though because it's just so cold - there's just the wood floor then the cavity below, so it's always about 2 degrees colder in the living room. The thought of weaning a baby near a carpeted floor sends shivers down my spine though, whereas wood is so easy to clean
     
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    I don't like carpet, because of the cleanliness and the feel as well as the look. However.... My understanding is that it's the best material acoustically in terms of dampening and most likely compensates for reflective material on walls such as glass picture frames and mirrors. I found a huge difference in sound quality moving from my previous house with parquet to the current with carpet. So even though I dislike carpet when it comes to redoing the floors, I'll put parquet in the other rooms but j suppose will keep carpet in the living room, with an acoustic foam underlay if possible too.
     
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    Keep in mind if you do go for porcelain wood effect tiles- the vast majority of these wood planks aren’t flat.

    The firing process causes them to distort somewhat. With some exceptions (porcelanosa) but most are dreadful. It matters far less when laying in a herring bone or chevron pattern. If laying to look like a conventional real wood floor, the bond between tiles cannot be any more than 1/3 otherwise the lippage will be huge.

    I hope that makes sense.

    This is part of the reason I would always urge customers to think about LVT.
     
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    Wood for me as I never walk about bare footed, easy to clean and lasts for many years
     
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    I’m a slipper wearer and a dog owner [emoji1].
     
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    You thought of lifting the boards and insulating below? Ive done it and it makes a huge difference to the sound and temperature.
     
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    That same baby will be putting all manners of sh*t in their mouth, at every opportunity. I wouldn't worry too much about them on a carpet
     
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    It's more the pain cleaning the food off the carpet, much easier off wood...
     
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    Had hardwood floor in the past and a carpet now. I’d always go with carpet for the living room, feels much more homely.
     
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    Sounds like an awful job :laugh:
    What sort of insulation did you use? Stuff you pump in (like cavity walls) or just normal loft-style insulation? And does it take long to do?
     
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    As mindforge says - I care more about the would-be carpet than the baby! Dried in weetabix is horrible enough to clean on a wood floor
     
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    Not the greatest jobs to do but it's worth doing if you plan on living there a while.

    I did a thread a few years back...

    Suspended timber floor insulation
     
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    There are quite a few regs covering this nowadays.

    I’d be half tempted to glue and screw a 12mm XPS insulation board on top of the Floorboards before laying your floor covering.
     
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    We had a vinyl mat under our high chair. Just buy a piece from The Range for a couple of quid and lay it down when they eat. Simples.
    As above. :)
     

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