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Old 10-12-2004, 07:31 AM   #1
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Laying Karndean Laminate Flooring


Hi All,

I was wondering if there is anyone out there with experience in laying Karndean laminate flooring?

I want to fit out my kitchen \ utility room in Karndean and was considering cutting out the middleman and giving it a go myself.

I have very little DIY experience and was wondering if anyone has any helpfull advice\tips?

Or do you advise that I leave this to the professionals!!

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Old 10-14-2004, 03:06 PM   #2
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Hi Louis

I am assuming Karndean is a brand name. I have laid various brands (Armstrong, Pergo, Uniboard) all pretty much installed the same way, Anyway I have seen basically two types of laminate flooring one type uses glue and the other type does not. The glueless is a lot faster to finish, due to no dry time. I think ether would be ok for a beginner. If you are unsure or afraid just follow instructions and see how it goes with a little before you fully commit to the project. Figure your layout first appearance with way to you want it to go in the room. Make sure to leave the 1/4 gap (Whatever the manufacture calls for) all around the room for expansion (or it will later buckle on you). Laminae floors generally are floating floors they need the gap around the room. Oh and measure twice and cut once making sure you cut the correct side so it will always join together (you might waste a little bit wile you get the hang of it).

Hope I was of help for you.





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Old 10-18-2004, 10:01 AM   #3
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Yep Karndean is a brand of laminate. You can see there stuff at http://www.karndean.co.uk

Thanks for the tips, If I decide to take the plunge I'll definitely follow your advice.

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Hi Louis

I went to the Karndean web sit you posted. Although it is a laminate it is NOT the same type I have been familiar with. This is NOT a floating floor style. It is put down with adhesive. Their are many types of floor put down this way. I would consider it a more involved DIY project then the floating style. But it can be done. Beware that you original flooring will be ruined during this process so their is no going back. I would advise down loading the PDF file at the bottom of their installation instruction page read it a few times and be sure you are ready for the job before starting.

http://www.karndean.co.uk/install.as...tall&section=4


http://www.karndean.co.uk/install.as...tall&section=5
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Cheers, I got a free estimate from a flooring specialist to see what was involved. Basically he's saying that the floor first requires to be decked out in plywood to use as the base for the laminate. Also some more stuff about requiring "screeding" etc ?

I think I will leave this one to the pro's !

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Louis

I the DIY sprit of things. I you are not brand loyal their are many laminate style floors available that are "floating floors" They basically lay over your existing floor on a thin pad. These are simpler to install and you may consider such a product.

http://www.uniboardsurfaces.com/

http://www.pergo.com/

http://www.armstrong.com/
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Old 03-20-2011, 07:13 PM   #7
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Great brand.. buuuutttt not a laminate.. It is a (VET/VCT) tile that looks like wood and thus you do not need the gaps..
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Karndean is not laminate at all. Its LVT (luxury vinyl tile), a type of solid vinyl tile primarily used in a commercial environment but quickly moving into the residential market.

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