David WE Roberts wrote:
> "Tim Lamb" <t...@marfordfarm.demon.co.uk
> wrote in message
>>I know this has been covered before but I would appreciate a *refresh* of
>> I have two rooms to do each linked by an area of (proposed ) 300x300
>> ceramic tiling at door thresholds. Skirtings are not yet fitted so this
>> is not an issue. I am rather nervous of my ability to do a good job of
>> the tiling so this may be farmed out.
>> The floor screed (underfloor wet heat) looks nice and flat but what sort
>> of irregularities are significant?
>> How important is *acclimatising* the floor material before laying?
>> Price seems to vary with wood thickness, plank size and manufacturers
>> name. Any advice?
>> Click together systems to avoid?
> We have been advised by a couple of different people to avoid real wood
> floors altogether because they are so susceptible to damage.
> One friend had an oak floor and has said "never again".
> It looks as though we will probably end up going for a better quality
> laminate because we have had laminate floors before which have performed
> much better than the real wood ones we have seen.
I'm not sure I see the logic in those claims... Laminate may be harder, but
once the surface is worn for chipped through, the result is likely to look
bad as the MDF substrate will be visible.
A good quality engineered wood will have 3mm +/- of surface which will take
a lot of damage to break through. To my mind, scratches and dints add
character and whilst they may look "bad" on a new otherwise perfect floor,
once you get a random buildup and you re-oil or otherwise "refresh" the
surface coating, minor scratches mostly disappear except on very close
Even after that you still have 1-2 major sanding treatments available.
Given the cost differences between a decent wood and a decent laminate
compared to the work required to lay them (same in both cases) I don't think
the cost difference is that great and I'm very happy we went with the wood
option (having had laminate in a flat before).
I do also notice that the wood is less slippery with socks on than the Pergo
laminate I had, so functionally, it's better for us with kids.
> I see from wandering round the sheds that real wood is now at least as
> popular as laminate and remarkably cheaper than it used to be so perhaps
> this is the new fashion trend, laminate being so last
> week/year/decade/century. ;-)
> We have heard much the same about wooden worktops - loads of work to keep
> looking good, mark easily, go black around the sink....yet there are loads
> of them on offer with kitchen firms.
> Looks like we will be voting for hard wearing plastic coated stuff.
> The main issue with any new flooring is the difficulty in taking it up
> over a suspended floor.
> Houses with floorboards will have loads that have been cut, lifted, then
> put down again as plumbing/wiring has changed.
> Any lock together floating flooring, especially if glued, is not really
> designed to be taken up and then put down again like the traditional
> carpet and T&G floorboards.
> Not sure how we are going to get round this one.
> Dave R