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    Default What flooring?

    So our washing machine just murdered our carpet. I want to rip it up and put floorboards down, but at the moment am leaning slightly towards timber laminate. We are only going to stay in this place maximum 3 years, and will then be renting it out. So I don't really want to pay a huge fortune on floorboards just for tenants to enjoy/worry about ruining (which really my kids are far more likely to do than tenants!) on the other hand, I'm worried that laminate will look so terrible already in 3 years time that we will have to replace it anyway.

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    We've got fairly cheap laminate floorboards in our investment property. They're not too bad. We recently put bamboo floating floorboards in our own home (just the lounge/dining areas, kitchen and laundry areas are tiled) - they're great, very hard wearing and much more resistant to water damage if something gets spilled on them.

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    Provided you get decent quality timber laminate and good underlay then it will last longer.

    Floorboards or floating hardwood boards will always last longer. You can just strip and re polish rather than having to rip up and replace like you would have to with timber laminate.

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    I would go timber look vinyl. ... Looks great. .. is softer under foot. Doesn't matter if it gets wet. . doesn't scratch. .. And if you are renting your place out it will probably last better with renters than laminate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tamtam View Post
    I would go timber look vinyl. ... Looks great. .. is softer under foot. Doesn't matter if it gets wet. . doesn't scratch. .. And if you are renting your place out it will probably last better with renters than laminate.

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    What are the cons of vinyl?

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    Good timber laminate looks great! My brother just laid a load down and it's super easy to install.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FearlessLeader View Post
    What are the cons of vinyl?
    Well just from the viewpoint I guess that they're not actually timber. They look amazing these days. I've had vinyl, laminate and solid timber floors. I love the solid timber. .. but if I was having a rental property. . plus kids...I would go vinyl. Less noise too. Honestly can't think of any cons right now.

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    We have timber laminate. 6 years old & still looks brand new! We have a light colour so shows up dust (& dog hair!) but easy to clean.

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    we put a cheaper timber laminate in our rental property and it looks cheap and horrible. Its difficult to keep clean, any spills sit on top and mark the timber, if you walk on it with damp feet you can see the footprints. I hate it. If I had my time over I would go for timber look vinyl. I don't know how hard wearing it is, but my friend has it in her house and in her hairdressing salon and she loves it.

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    Couldn't recommend vinyl planks enough!!! Warmer, softer underfoot, long lasting, quieter, easy to look after.
    I personally would not put down floating floor in a place you're hoping to move on from in a few years.
    The only con is that they need to go on a very flat surface.


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