What is Karndean Flooring?
What is so good about Karndean flooring?
To the majority, Karndeen flooring is simply the most luxurious looking and feeling hardwood laminate available. But why is that?
These days Karndeen flooring is not just your standard Karndeen. It now comes in a wide range of styles and finishes, all with cutting edge technology for the ultimate Karndean experience. Karndean Flooring is a product that is made up of a range of flooring ranges like Karndeen click, Karndeen classic and Karndeen laminate.
How long would Karndean flooring last?
Karndean flooring will last for decades, so don't believe the horror stories that you may have heard about it. Karndean flooring has undergone rigorous testing to guarantee its quality. It has been described as the Rolls Royce of hardwood laminate floors and is guaranteed by Karndean themselves for a minimum of 10 years wear and tear protection from damage. This may vary depending on your location. In the past, we have installed Karndeen in areas that are very humid such as bathrooms and basements, with conditions not ideal for any flooring product but they still look great 13 years after being installed!
How do I clean my Karndean Floor?
Karndeen floors are suitable for use with most cleaning agents but we would recommend using those designed specifically for laminate or vinyl flooring. You should avoid leaving damp areas of your home as watermarks left on Karndeen floors can be very difficult to get rid of. the best way to deal with this is to make sure mopping has been carried out correctly so water is not left standing.
How do I take care of my Karndeen Floor?
Your new Karndeen floor requires little maintenance to keep it looking great for years. We recommend that you sweep and mop your floor regularly to remove any dirt and dust as this can scratch and dull the finish if allowed to build up over time. It is also a good idea to wax your floor once a year, in warmer climates it should be done more often.
Karndeen floors should be kept clean as they are easy to maintain and a dirt layer can dull the finish quickly if allowed to build up over time. Use a mop that has been designed specifically for laminate or vinyl flooring and only uses detergent-based cleansers. Avoid using any abrasive cleaning products as these can leave streaks in your floor which are difficult to remove fully. We would therefore advise against the use of microfiber cloths or anything else with a rough texture. It is better to buff your floor regularly than allow it to become soiled. This will keep it looking nice and shiny!
Is Karndean flooring a durable option?
Karndean flooring is tough and durable. You can use Karndean floor tiles on stairs, in bathrooms and kitchens that get a great deal of traffic. Some of the more adventurous designs such as the 'Stingray' range are not recommended for areas of high traffic however if you stick to one with a more standard design then this should withstand all sorts of everyday wear and tear.
If you are using your Karndean Flooring outdoors, please check that it comes with a suitable warranty from the manufacturer as this will cover any damage caused by exposure to the weather. It's very rare for an installer to say anything negative about Karndean flooring but they do need to ensure that they have supplied enough adhesive or nails with each order.
Does Karndean flooring easily scratch?
Karndean flooring is a very hard-wearing product but it does not scratch easily. The only way to cause scratches in the surface of the vinyl is to drag sharp-edged furniture across it and you should be aware that certain types of pen, pencil or high heel soles can also create small scratches. It's recommended that when you install your Karndean floor that you try to prevent any potential scratching by moving heavy items while the adhesive has 24 hours to cure. There are some manufacturers which produce an anti-skid version of their particular design which helps prevent them from being scratched or scuffed by furniture feet and high heels along with other everyday wear and tear.
Is Karndean a better option than laminate?
Karndean is in the same family as laminate when it comes to flooring. It's only in recent years that Karndean has really made a name for itself and become more popular with homeowners looking for a new floor covering. For this reason, it's unlikely you'll ever find the two being mentioned in the same sentence but they are actually very similar.
Laminate flooring was invented back in the 1960s by Samuel Swerling and Earl R. Larson who both received patents for their contributions which ultimately became what everyone knows today as laminate flooring. Today there is a huge range of styles to choose from and different manufacturers produce different colours and looks which is why there's laminate flooring to suit every decor.
Several years ago now Karndean Floors started manufacturing some of their luxury vinyl in wood effect styles such as Oak, Shaker Maple and Stomp Oak. It was released as their Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) range and is available in four styles to match the different Karndean natural wood floors.
How do you fit Karndean flooring?
When fitting Karndean flooring in your home, it is important to protect the surface from any damage that will happen during the installation process. Because of this we recommend using a nail guard when fitting Karndean flooring under carpet, on staircases or other areas where you are unable to glue directly down and have to rely on nails instead. Glueless 'Click Lock' systems can work really well too; these are designed to be used with no glue at all so please check out our guide here for more information if you're unsure as to which system would best suit your needs. There are also some great heating options available for keeping Karndean Flooring looking good, such as heated mats and socks however we would always advise having an expert install these if you're uncertain.
Can I fit Karndean flooring by myself?
You can absolutely fit this flooring yourself, all you need to do is take your time and read carefully through the manufacturers' instructions, not only for laying but also for cleaning. For a seamless finish make sure that the floor is completely level before starting off and if there really are some bumps or dips that cannot be levelled out then use some bamboo or rubber underlay to reduce noise. PVC floorings are flexible so they can bend around curves whereas LVTs have more of a 'plank' style edge so get creative with it.
However, we will always advise you to use one of our expert fitters as fitting it requires experience and expertise to get it right the first time thereby saving you time and money.
Is Karndean flooring worth the money?
The overall look and feel is what you pay for. Karndeen Flooring costs can vary depending on factors such as:
The brand of Karndeen Flooring is independent of other brands such as laminate, carpet tile & vinyl. It is not marketed by major retailers, however, it has been around since 1989 so there will be plenty of experience when dealing with them directly if needed due to any issues or queries that may arise throughout the lifetime of their product range.
The average cost of Karndean per m2 is between £30.00 and £50.00, depending on the type of flooring that you decide to purchase. This is not bad for an established product that looks so good and durable. The cost range of fitting Karndean is estimated at £15.00 per m2 for the labour cost plus other costs if you decide to choose skirting boards, thresholds etc.
Where can I buy Karndean Flooring?
Karndean Flooring is available from all good flooring suppliers or online at the Karndean website. All of our trained fitters are able to measure up your room and then do a quote for you if you require it.
If you would like any further advice on the fitting or the installation of Karndean flooring, please don't hesitate to get in touch with one of our experts at Watford Flooring Services, we'd be more than happy to help.