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Tuesday 22 January 2019

Project Playroom Extension - Laminate Flooring and Underfloor Heating

Last year, I wrote about our extension building work - Project Playroom Extension - Planning and Building. Once the build itself was complete - we had to wait for quite a long time for the concrete floor to dry out enough to continue with our plans and lay the laminate flooring.

Play room extension choosing and laying laminate flooring and underfloor heating

This wasn't something I had planned for when thinking about our 'timeline'. Naively, I assumed that once the building was finished we would just lay the floor and everything would be finished, but it took just over 3 months to dry enough for the next step...

Project Playroom Extension - Laminate Flooring and Underfloor Heating

Which type of flooring should we choose?

We had already decided that we were going to go for a Luxury Laminate Flooring to match the rest of the house. The playroom extension joins onto the kitchen and one flows into the other (so, in theory the extension could also be an extended kitchen or a sun room, or snug in the future)  therefore, the laminate flooring needed to flow through too.

Although this meant that we were restricted in our final decision for floor type, we would have chosen to install Laminate Flooring in the playroom extension anyway, for the same reasons that we installed it in the rest of the house:

  1. It's easy to clean - Unlike a carpet which can hold onto dust and stains, a laminate floor can easily be wiped and cleaned to look like new again. Perfect if you have dust allergies.
  2. Laminate Flooring is hard wearing and easy to maintain - it has the effect of looking like wood, without the upkeep of oiling and polishing. It is much more scratch and stain resistant than real wood...perfect for a playroom!

  3. Noise reduction - we have found our laminate flooring to be super quiet - perhaps not as quiet as a carpet, but definitely more quiet than a tiled floor!
  4. Re-usable - Okay so this is probably only really true for the type of Laminate Flooring that we have, which has a 'click lock' edge to fit it together. This means that the flooring can be laid without glue, and even taken up and used again if you move home! This type of laminate is referred to as a 'floating floor' and is often used in new build houses due to the type of screed on the floor.
  5. Suitable for underfloor heating, which we have used in our extension.

Other types of flooring we considered were carpet, carpet tiles, marble or ceramic floor tiles, poured resin and wood.

Considerations to note when choosing a laminate floor:

There are a few things to note when choosing a laminate floor:

  1. You can't use a steam mop - this will ruin your floor and if your laminate is glued, it will lift the glue.
  2. You can't really use a very 'wet' mop - the water could seep through any gaps. A microfiber floor mop that doesn't get 'drenched' is best for cleaning laminate flooring, or, this amazing vacuum and mop from Vorwerk which I tested last year...I am still trying to save up for this, it is brilliant for cleaning hard floors.
  3. If you have electric underfloor heating fitted like we do, then you can't have furniture flush to the floor - it needs to be lifted slightly on castors so that there is an airflow. Having rugs/mats on top of the laminate floor with electric underfloor heating pads can create 'hot spots' which could ruin the floor. Most laminate flooring is okay up to 27 degrees. This was news to me as I had planned to have some cute little rugs in our playroom.

Having our laminate flooring fitted:

Here is the process of having our underfloor heating and laminate flooring laid once the concrete base was dry...

Coating the concrete to make sure any moisture does not come up through the floor: 

painting the concrete with a sealant before laying the laminate floor

Pouring the screed on top:

pouring a screed onto the floor before laying the laminate flooring

Laying the underlay and Under floor electric heating pads:

Laying the underlay and electric underfloor heating pads before laying the laminate floor

Laying the top foam and laminate floor boards:

laying the top foam before laying the laminate flooring

Sealing the edges of the laminate flooring:

sealing the edges of the laminate flooring

Adding the skirting boards:

adding the skirting boards after the laminate flooring

Laminate Flooring all finished, ready for the big clean before furniture:

laminate flooring and skirting boards all finished

Stay tuned for the next installment, showing the furniture and set up of the new playroom. 

You can follow the project playroom extension from start to finish on my Instagram Stories Highlight here.

Sarah x

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