Flooring (DIY) – Lower quality engineered wood or decent quality laminate?
Please help me make a decision 🙂
Not sure what to go for at around £30 p/m2.
There are some online retailers with engineered wood on discount sale with wood wear layer of about 2.5mm > 3.5mm thickness.
Or do I go for a decent quality laminate at that price?
It’s going in living room. Above average traffic for a living room because of 2 young kids and doors leading out into garden.
Also, what are your thoughts on fiberboard underlay 5.5mm?
Opinions appreciated!Posted 1 year ago
At £30 per sq metre you’re spoilt for choice of good quality engineered. No need to go for laminate at that price.Posted 1 year ago
I got solid oak for that kind of money 2m long, 220mm wide planks, oiled and hand scraped, it looks lovely and has worn really well. Needs re-oiling about every 2 years which takes a few hours and a day to dry. Mines glued to a 10mm plywood subfloor and goes under the skirting which was removed for fitting. I used UK Flooring Direct and they were excellent. For the record 3 dogs, 2 kids its 8 years old and still looks pretty much like new even in the hall. I’d strongly recommend oiled as it’s far, far easier to maintain than lacquer especially if it gets scratched, quick sand of the scratch if it’s deep, re oil and it’s gone.Posted 1 year ago
I’d strongly recommend oiled as it’s far, far easier to maintain than lacquer especially if it gets scratched, quick sand of the scratch if it’s deep, re oil and it’s gone.
This! Just wipe an oily rag over any scratches and it’ll eventually gain a lovely patina.Posted 1 year ago
I’ve been reading up a bit more on oil vs lacquered – and oil is definitely the way forward.
Scratches don’t show up as much because the oil penetrates the surface – and when they do show up then (as you suggested above) – a light sand and wipe of that board with oil sorts it out.
Lacquered is a bit more hard-wearing but when it does scratch or wear out over time – the floor starts to look bad.
Also, oil has a nicer more natural look to it.
That’s how I now understand it.
Good thing you guys pointed that out and I didn’t just have the advice from the wood flooring “specialist”.Posted 1 year ago
The proper way to do it depends on the floor. I have planks in a Victorian house so my bloke laid a 10mm floating ply underfloor on those so he could run the floor the same way as the planks then glued 18mm oak boards to that, its been perfect. I remember the glue was eye wateringly expensive.Posted 1 year ago
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