I realise this is a nit-picking doesn't really matter thread but I just can't make a decision so thought I would take the advice of STW instead - plenty of opinions and quite a lot of DIYers.
I am having an engineered wood floor laid downstairs in my house. It is a small victorian terrace with concrete floor. The plan is to fit the floor by sticking it down directly, sanding then oiling.
Found a fitter who is a good guy. We agreed he would supply a square edge engineered oak flooring. The price is good at £30 and the quality seems good, it is 5mm oak on 13mm of ply. When I pulled out a couple of strips I was surprised to find the edges were not square but had a small bevel, here are a couple of pictures:
So I asked the fitter if he could swap it for a square edged version of the same but his supplier does not do square edged in engineered only solid floors (which would cost £150 extra) and considering it is an oldish house and being stuck down I think I should stick to engineered.
So then I looked for an alternative myself. From another thread on here I found British Hardwoods and ordered a sample of the square edged oak engineered. The price is the same but the make-up is 3mm of oak on 12mm of moisture resistant MDF, here it is:
Now I'm not sure which to go for, I think I will prefer the look of the square edged as in a small house I think the bevels might look a bit twee or rustic but will they also help hide any unevenness in the floor? Will the square edge look smoother and fit the small house better or will the joints be just as obvious as with the bevels? Also is there much difference in MDF versus ply base and as I don't plan to live here forever do I really need a lot of thickness to the oak layer?
I know it doesn't really matter and I should just get on with it by tossing a coin to pick the winner but before I do that any opinions welcome to help me make a decision!