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Wooden floor, Good Idea?

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banned9y, 4m agoPosted 9 years, 4 months ago
Hi im starting to redecorate my own room. The whole house has carpet execpt for the kitchen. Im thinking of having solid oak floor in my room its the smallest room in the house. To be precise 7.2 metres squared. Should i just get new carpet or go with wooden flooring. Also how much would it cost to get the wooden floor fitted. Should i get it supplied and fitted. Or source it my own self and get it fitted?
Thanks in advance:) :thumbsup:
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banned9y, 4m agoPosted 9 years, 4 months ago
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#1
A couple things to bear in mind before making the decision.

1. If you go for wood/laminate flooring it will make the room colder.

2. If you suffer from allergies, wood/laminate is worse than carpet. The dust fibres settle and get trapped in carpet and are then easily hoovered, whereas with wood/laminate, dust can never settle and is forever 'floating around'. This effect is a lot worse if you have any pets and you will be forever sweeping to get rid of the hairs.

Hope this helps when you make your decision.
#2
Don`t know why you would think the room colder? As for dust easier to keep clean compared to a carpet. You can still use a hoover
If the flooring is laid properly you have insullation under the surface with either hardwood or laminate
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Foxy102
A couple things to bear in mind before making the decision.

1. If you go for wood/laminate flooring it will make the room colder.

2. If you suffer from allergies, wood/laminate is worse than carpet. The dust fibres settle and get trapped in carpet and are then easily hoovered, whereas with wood/laminate, dust can never settle and is forever 'floating around'. This effect is a lot worse if you have any pets and you will be forever sweeping to get rid of the hairs.

Hope this helps when you make your decision.


Have to disagree with you on the second point Foxy. Its the faeces of the dust mite that people usually have allergies to not the dust. A wooden or laminate flooring will harbour a great deal less dust mites than carpet and all that dust the carpet has trapped contains lots of lovely stuff that the dust mites can eat. Wooden/laminate flooring is a great deal easier to clean especially with kids (although a hoover may be more effective:whistling: ).

It will make the floor colder but you can put thicker insulation underneath (which also has the advantage of lessening the noise which is a major disadvantage or wooden flooring).

If you are buying expensive wooden oak flooring and you're not sure how to fit I would get someone else to do it. If you're going for cheaper laminate flooring which clicks together that is a bit easier.
#4
I second that. I was always advised with both myself and my son (both with house/dust mite allergies) to never get carpets due to the above reason. This was also confirmed by my GP ;-)

Another alternative, although more expensive, is a product called Karndean. Its like a very very hardwearing lino but much much better. I have this throughout my house and the ranges and choice of styles are brilliant. The wood effects are almost real - and the sandstone one i have in my kitchen everyone that sees it is amazed. The advantage is with kids you can wipe over any spills with a mop. Its sooooo easy and very practical, and doesnt fray and fade like some of the cheaper laminate. Its also actually very warm underfoot.
#5
Ibz52007
............its the smallest room in the house. To be precise 7.2 metres squared................

That's a big house if your room is the smallest at 7.2 metres squared. That's 7.2 metres X 7.2 metres.
Could it be 7.2 square metres? eg 3m X 2.4m

Do check befor inviting prices for supply and fitting of new floor.

Gillian
banned#6
Hi my mistake it 3.6m * 2m.
Thanks for you help guys.
But do you know anywhere where they sell pretreated solid oak flooring for less than £15 per sqm.
Thanks
#7
I have solid wood floor (Not laminate) fitted throughout my house and its a nightmare.You only have to look at it to mark it.It was already fitted when I moved in but considering how expensive it is to have fitted I would never have it again.Perhaps if I had been aware how easily it marked I would have fitted those felt protective pieces under Table,Chair legs etc.I think they sell them in Poundland !!.Just thought I'd mention it.
#8
[B]Well worth a read:[/B]

[B]Sound [/B]

Noiseless underfoot, it absorbs sound. Due to its soft cushioning properties, carpet virtually eliminates impact noise and results in a calmer, stress free environment. Properly laid carpet absorbs up to 45db resulting in a quieter life!

Insulation

Soft and forgiving, carpet is non-slip and is a safe and gentle surface for feet - particularly little ones!


You don't get cold feet with carpet! Carpet is heat retentive. 15% of all household heat disappears through uninsulated floors.
Practical, extremely robust and hard wearing, carpet doesn't scratch, scuff or splinter!

[B]Trouble free maintenance


[COLOR=black]No need for mops and buckets - just give it a regular vacuum. Carpet is easy to clean and keeps looking good with little effort.[/COLOR]

Hygiene

Carpet acts like a filter, trapping airborne dust until it is removed by routine vacuum cleaning. With smooth floorcoverings conversely, dust is disturbed with every draught of air. The airborne dust content in carpeted rooms is significantly lower than that in rooms with smooth floorcoverings.

Value for money

Relatively inexpensive when compared with other consumer durables and fashion accessories, carpet is manufactured at various price
points so there is something for everybody![/B]

Carpet and Asthma

In the last few years, the UK carpet industry has been dogged by intermittent bursts of anti-carpet propaganda. Much of this was merely sensationalism and scaremongering and was not based on any hard scientific evidence.

A recent study, conducted independently of the carpet industry has proved conclusively that the indoor air in a carpeted room is of much better quality than that in rooms with smooth floors.

The study, which used advanced dust collection and measurement techniques, was undertaken by the Germany asthma and allergy federation (DAAB) and the German society for environment and indoor analysis. It looked at the content of fine dust particles in the air over smooth floors in 186 rooms and over carpet in 104 rooms. The findings showed that the indoor air in a carpeted room contained less than half the amount of fine particulate dust than in rooms with smooth floors. Indeed, the average dust level over a smooth floor at 62.9 micrograms per cubic metre was found to be higher than the recommended European Standard.

The findings come on the back of other recent independent research which has supported the industry's claims that carpet is the healthy flooring option. Both a Pan European study and one conducted in New Jersey independently reported that people with carpeted bedrooms required less medication for respiratory problems than others. They also revealed that absenteeism levels were lower for children with carpeted bedrooms.
This flies in the face of the so called advice given to asthma sufferers to 'rip up carpets'. The message to asthma sufferers is clear - carpet is the healthy flooring option.
#9
hi we have laminate in our hallway and study, don't know how it compairs to real wood floors so i don't know if this will be helpful but........
i have a young son and when he trys to run around a corner in socks he go's sliding all over. he does it deliberaty now but initally had a few nasty bumps. also when wet its very slippery, we have also found it colder than carpet.
on the plus side cleaner than carpet easy to maintain, matches any decor so you can change the whole look of a room without needing new flooring to match
i would say get it layed by a professional if in doubt as the finish really shows
#10
I have wooden flooring in my lounge, kitchen and bathroom I much prefer it to carpet. I have 2 cats and it is much easier to remove their hair from the flooring than it is with the carpets in the rest of the house. I can't say that I have noticed my lounge is any colder than any other room in the house (had wooden flooring here for 8 years)

I find it easier to keep clean, quick wipe over with a floor wipe where as a carpet to get it properly cleaned it needs to be deep cleaned or shampooed.

I'm moving house soon and will be putting wooden flooring in a number of rooms in my new house
[helper]#11
Foxy - that article is by the Carpet foundation - a trade association for the carpet industry (hardly a source of unbiased information) so I'm sceptical of their findings......

For perhaps a more unbiased recent research - try this link
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?Db=pubmed&Cmd=ShowDetailView&TermToSearch=17505127&ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

or this one
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?Db=pubmed&Cmd=ShowDetailView&TermToSearch=16531289&ordinalpos=6&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum
#12
Real wood floors and high heels don't mix.
#13
I have wooden flooring throught the downstairs & carpet upstairs.

If I had it my way, I'd get rid of all the carpet.

Wooden flooring is much easier to keep clean than a carpet (hoover, then mop), & it's great fun to chase the dog throughout the house when it cant get any grip (it's like a cartoon) !

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