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Conservatory floor

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cornergran Mon 01-Aug-16 19:42:58

We're making changes and will need a new conservatory floor. It would really help to know what has worked for you and what hasn't. It will be a fairly large conservatory with access to the garden, a dining table and chairs and a comfy seating area. We're going round in circles. Please help before murder is committed grin.

whitewave Mon 01-Aug-16 20:02:21

Ours is tiled, largely because we have muddy dog paws to deal with and tiles makes it much easier.

Katek Mon 01-Aug-16 20:03:13

We inherited a wood effect laminate floor in our sun room. We just put a large rug down in the centre and feel we have the best of both worlds. Ds/dil have real wood floor and are paranoid about toys being dragged across it - seems to mark/debt very easily. Don't know if that's any help.

Jalima Mon 01-Aug-16 20:05:01

We have a wooden floor with under floor heating.
However! I said in the first place that wood is not a good conductor of heat (nobody listened), so whilst it is pleasant, it is not enough on a chilly winter's day but very nice to sit on with the DGD doing puzzles.
Because the wood is real wood, not a laminate, it does tend to mark a bit where the dining chairs are and I realised it had changed colour because it is darker under the rug!!

However! I still like it very much.

hildajenniJ Mon 01-Aug-16 20:09:09

Ours is tiled too. It's a very small conservatory, more a glorified porch really. We've squeezed in a table and two chairs, some pot plants and staging for tender plants. Here's a photo of the floor.

Jalima Mon 01-Aug-16 20:15:01

I would not have had a real wood floor if I still had dogs.

A friend has tiles with underfloor heating and the heat seems to come through the tiles well.

Judthepud2 Mon 01-Aug-16 20:33:16

We put down a beautiful real wood floor in our new sunroom. Dog, GCs, DH and DD3s stiletto heels have left it, shall we say .... distressed. It does come up lovely when I can get everyone out of the way and give it a really good wash and polish. That lasts about 10 mins. 😣

In retrospect I think tiles and underfloor heating would be the best choice.

Jalima Mon 01-Aug-16 20:38:20

Aargh!! stilettos!
I must say they all take their shoes off when they arrive (although it is not compulsory or even requested smile)

tanith Mon 01-Aug-16 20:51:03

Not in a conservatory but we have laminate floor down on the whole ground floor including hall and kitchen it was all we could afford when we moved in but I'm so glad we did its been down over 10yrs now and it still comes up well when its been cleaned. Its not marked at all and it has seen some traffic in its time.. we certainly got our moneys worth for sure.

Willow500 Mon 01-Aug-16 21:05:46

Ours is vinyl that looks like wood with a large rug in the middle - it was carpeted but with cats and entrance from the garden it looked a mess - this looks much nicer and is easier to keep clean.

Luckygirl Mon 01-Aug-16 21:06:38

Laminate and rug.

annsixty Mon 01-Aug-16 21:16:37

We have laminate but it has faded in patches and where we have a rug across the double doors for feet wiping it is very dark underneath. Would go for tiles if given a second go I think.

Cherrytree59 Mon 01-Aug-16 21:25:58

We have just had a 'white washed' look laminate floor in the conservatory. I am very happy with it. It looks quite sea side.
I've used different shades of blue on cushions.
At the doors from garden I have put a door mat with a pebble design on.
The flooring is a matt finish so not at all slippy. (Which I think tiles would have been for GC)
I use Bona mop to wipe it over

phoenix Mon 01-Aug-16 21:28:48

My son & DIL have quite dark, wood effect vinyl, soft and warm underfoot, easy to keep clean (dog muddy paw prints don't even show much!) and pretty forgiving if plates or glasses are dropped on it. Oh, and quiet too!

In fact, it seems to be ideal.

aggie Mon 01-Aug-16 21:45:59

I have wood effect vinyl in OHs bedroom , but he has a hospital bed and is hoisted . The flooring has big wrinkles in it now , what would anyone recommend for it ?

rosesarered Mon 01-Aug-16 21:56:39

We have underfloor heating, so tiles work the best,we went for terracotta ones,to pretend we are somewhere in the Med, and they look good and clean easily.

rosesarered Mon 01-Aug-16 21:57:03

From Topps Tiles btw

rosesarered Mon 01-Aug-16 21:58:24

They are non slip

harrigran Tue 02-Aug-16 08:22:05

DS has tiles, very practical, easy cleaned and hard wearing. I would not put laminate flooring in a conservatory, best place for that is on the shelf at B&Q.

cornergran Tue 02-Aug-16 08:26:14

Thank you all. Helpful to hear what others have used. No underfloor heating to consider, I'm beginning to lean towards laminate and a large rug for practicality, ease of fitting and also cost. The budget doesn't allow us to get this wrong! Will feed your comments into the 'discussions', foresee a lively time ahead grin.

BBbevan Tue 02-Aug-16 08:27:21

Karndean is beautiful, warm , looks like wood, easily cleaned and lasts for years .

annsixty Tue 02-Aug-16 08:29:53

I have Karndean through the hall and my D has it all downstairs ( same design ) including the conservatory. It looks lovely.

whitewave Tue 02-Aug-16 08:40:27

The other advantage with tiles is that if you are like me and have indoor plants to create an indoor garden effect then the odd splash of water doesn't matter

Auntieflo Tue 02-Aug-16 08:51:18

We have had Amtico, Nowegian Slate, in our downstairs loo and back porch to the garden. Not a large space I admit, but it has been down for over 12 years abd still looks very good.

Greyduster Tue 02-Aug-16 08:56:17

We have laminate In our conservatory, which is very hard wearing. We also have electric underfloor heating. It was in when we bought the house. As someone said, it's very inefficient and we don't use it. DS has just had a new laminate floor put down in his conservatory and was going to have electric underfloor heating but was advised against it. Karndean is brilliant; DD has it right through their downstairs living areas - been in eleven years and there's not a mark on it. Well worth the money.