LVT Recommendation: Matte Finish / Registered Embossed

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  1. Dan__2

    Dan__2 New Member

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    Hi,

    I'm very excited to be soon moving to my first home - not so excited to be dealing with the stress of choosing a floor!

    A bit of background:
    • 1930s semi-detached (i.e. suspended timber floors)
    • We're looking to lay a single hard floor throughout the whole of the ground floor
    • No pets, but children are likely at some point in the reasonably near futur
    We were previously looking at laminate and really liked the Quickstep Signature range (in particular "Brushed Oak Natural" and to some extent "Brushed Oak Warm Natural" which is darker). I believe this is waterproof?

    We hadn't heard of LVT before, and were strongly recommended against laminate and directed towards LVT instead. However, we're struggling to find something we really like...

    After some research and frantic searching in stores, I'm starting to find my preferences:
    • Must: At least 0.55m wear layer
    • Must: Matte finish (e.g. Karndean all looked too glossy for my liking
    • Preferably: Registered embossed (*)
    • Preferably: Bevelled edges (I just prefer the look)
    • Colour: somewhere between beige and a slighter warmer classic oak (just not too orange!)

    The closest we have come is perhaps:
    • A couple of options in the Amtico Signature range (e.g. Cornish Oak - always looks quite nice in store, but samples are rubbish - might also want to go a little warmer).
    • Invictus Maximus Highland Oak Classic (I think this is still a very new product by Associated Weavers - not sure how I feel about taking the risk)
    (*) Admittely neither of these are registered embossed, which I liked so much about Quickstep Signature Laminate. This is possibly one of my main hesitations. They just feel a bit, well...flat.

    I've seen Distinctive Flooring named here often, but I can't find a store that sells it anywhere! I'm based in Basildon, Essex (if that helps), one store is listed on Victoria Carpets site, but they did not have it. Moving to Hertfordshire, so also trying to find stores there.

    Sorry...This is all a very long-winded way of asking: does anyone have any recommendations given my preferences above?
     
  2. merit

    merit Well-Known Member

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    I would Stick with quickstep. It’s the hardest wearing floor you can buy. When it comes to wood effect


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  3. Paul webb

    Paul webb Well-Known Member

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    If you like the laminate, there is not really any reason not to go for it,people who usually try and put you off,probably had laminate 20years ago, when it wasn't great, or have had it badly fitted,or bought really cheap
     
  4. Dan__2

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    Thanks both! Maybe we will re-consider (again ha...).

    Our biggest concern was whether it would hold up well enough in the kitchen. Any feelings/experiences on the durability (with regards to water) with this type of waterproof laminate (e.g. Impressive/Signature ranges)?
     
  5. Paul webb

    Paul webb Well-Known Member

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    Over the last ten years, we've sold and fitted thousands of meters of quickstep in all types of areas and not a single product complaint, have had a couple of bad fitters, where I've had to rectify their work and have been out to look at some other companies work as part of the quickstep guarantee, but all problems have been fitter related
     
  6. tarkett85

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    They’re fine for regular use just don’t soak them through, they won’t survive a flood (next to nothing will), and don’t use one of those god awful steam mops (on anything but ceramic)


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  7. merit

    merit Well-Known Member

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    It’s fine in a kitchen. We do tonnes of it and never have any product issues. Think I had one boarding the middle of a floor that had a misprint and we changed it in 10 mins. Job done


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  8. Spacey

    Spacey Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Have a look at Karndean VanGogh
     
  9. dazlight

    dazlight Super Moderator

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    Pay a visit to LT flooring in Colchester. Amazing company and he sells Moduleo impress and Harvey Maria natural oak. Both have the best registered embossed LVT
     
  10. Distinctive Adam

    Distinctive Adam Well-Known Member

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    Contact wickford flooring solutions, a chap called rob, only 10 mins away from Basildon he can supply m series collection, j2 natural timbers or amtico, moduleo etc anything etc.
     
  11. Dan__2

    Dan__2 New Member

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    Thanks guys - appreciate the recommendations. We'll take a look at the suggestions above for LVT over the next week or so.

    It seems QS Signature is unavailable anywhere right now, so need to consider that in the context of the timings of when we want to complete the project.

    Girlfriend has thrown a combination of engineered wood (entrance/living room) & tile (elsewhere) into the mix too - despite originally looking for a single floor throughout. It's a never ending battle!
     
  12. Paul webb

    Paul webb Well-Known Member

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    Signature isn't being manufactured again until November
     
  13. merit

    merit Well-Known Member

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    Impressive should be available in some colours also majestic (large boards)



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