We have laid many a tile in our house over the last three years but it was the kitchen tiles that were causing us some indecision.
The floor tiles were a large cream square tile that had a beige mottled splash running through them. Fine, but not really our thing!
We wanted to replace them but working on a relatively tight budget meant that ripping up the old ones and laying new ones was not really the best option for us at that time. We looked into alternatives and discovered Polyflor
Polyflor have a load of different flooring options but the one we were interested in was their Camaro Wood PUR. This is a collection of luxury vinyl planks that look and feel exactly like wood. They come in long lengths and have a textured finish that resembles real wood. It’s quite often used in commercial properties, hotels, schools etc. but is also used for residential properties. It’s super hard wearing and is fine for use in all rooms of the house.
It requires a professional to lay it and our kitchen took two days to finish. Once you have decided on your shade and finish from the sample book, their team will advise on costing’s and how long the process should take, based on your room size.
The beauty of Polyflor is that they lay the planks directly over the old existing tiles. Nothing needs to be ripped up so there is minimal disruption and mess.
The guy who fitted ours laid down a self-levelling compound first, which pours onto the old floor, filling all the nooks and crannies.
We had to pop off the kick boards of our units so that the compound could go underneath the units, but if you can’t remove the base of your units then the compound will just level up to the edge of your units. This was left overnight to completely go off.
The next day the Polyflor guy came back and begun to lay down the planks of vinyl, cutting them to fit where necessary. The planks are really hard wearing but if you do happen to damage one then a single plank can be heated and lifted up and replaced.
We absolutely love our kitchen floor now and it gives such a warm cosy feel to the kitchen. It also hides a multitude of dirt and doesn’t feel as cold as tiles under foot.
Our planks are the Wild Amber Oak finish but there are so many different shades and finishes. They even do a Georgian Parquet finish, which is beautiful.
The total cost of this was £700 and that included labour.
Read more about Polyflor here.