Engineered Oak Flooring £12 (£10.80 trade point) sq metre @ B&Q
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Engineered Oak Flooring £12 (£10.80 trade point) sq metre @ B&Q

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Found 2nd Jan 2014
the cheapest real oak flooring i could find, albeit 2.5mm in thickness

i have been looking at engineered and solid wood oak floors and even the best online prices i was looking around £15-£20 a square metre.. i have quite a lot of floor to do and this was jsut too good value to pass on, it looks much nicer (richer) in real life than the pictures on the website

and at £10.80 a square metre came in as cheap as most laminates

the biggest grievance i have with laminates is the lack of variation in grain which thankfully this avoids

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What's trade point? Also for 10% off take your favourite over 60 on a weds

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feather1988

What's trade point? Also for 10% off take your favourite over 60 on a … What's trade point? Also for 10% off take your favourite over 60 on a weds



companies that have trade accounts set up with B&Q get trade point cards, which provide discount on not all but a lot of products

seriously do you know how thick or rather thin 2.5mm is or is that just the surface ?

Description on the website says 10mm thickness.

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sowotsdis

seriously do you know how thick or rather thin 2.5mm is or is that just … seriously do you know how thick or rather thin 2.5mm is or is that just the surface ?



thats jsut the surface, there is 7.5mm of material under that,

solid wood is solid
engineered is a strip of real ontop of other stuff
laminate is... a photograph?
Edited by: "N1K0LAI_DAN7E" 2nd Jan 2014

aaah we live in enlightening times!!

10mm overall thickness is pretty thin though - most engineered is at least 14.

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m1chaels

10mm overall thickness is pretty thin though - most engineered is at … 10mm overall thickness is pretty thin though - most engineered is at least 14.



fair point most value stuff is 10, average and step up from is 14

probably doesnt help the fixing together of it since thats what the negative reviews seem to be about.. i will find out tomorrow how difficult it is.

Suitable for a kitchen you reckon?

This is awful stuff. But cheap but twice. If buying from b&q look at the quick step stuff

Engineered flooring is much more stable than solid wood. This is because of the ply construction. I would suggest that 10mm is a wee bit on the shallow side. Most quality Engineered flooring is around 14mm. I should point out that it is always worth employing an experienced floor fitter (who comes recommended) and not someone who is happy to work for beer or give you the bill on the back of a fag packet. Also, make sure you read the instructions and make sure your fitter does too because if something goes wrong it is usually down to poor installation.

mclgannm

Engineered flooring is much more stable than solid wood. This is because … Engineered flooring is much more stable than solid wood. This is because of the ply construction. I would suggest that 10mm is a wee bit on the shallow side. Most quality Engineered flooring is around 14mm. I should point out that it is always worth employing an experienced floor fitter (who comes recommended) and not someone who is happy to work for beer or give you the bill on the back of a fag packet. Also, make sure you read the instructions and make sure your fitter does too because if something goes wrong it is usually down to poor installation.



99% of problems - screed not dry, not enough expansion, major spillage.

I bought this from b&q a few yeats ago and a word of warning. A lot of the planks were very slightly wider (about 1-2mm) which means you cant always get a flush edge and gives you gaps along your floor instead of a nice even finish and once you get one of these its very difficult to get the next row sttaight again. Poor quality by b&q control really.

I can recommend Howdens solid Oak flooring. Depending on your tradesman, the price will vary as they buy it at a trade price and charge you accordingly. I paid £55/m including fitting - hidden nail and the moisture resistant barrier (£60 a roll) plus a thin foam underlay. I was going to use the cheap stuff and do it myself, but decided to do it properly.
I went to howdens and asked for a sample, happily gave me a few planks. The packs had a good selection of lengths, upto 2m, unlike Wickes which were mainly short bits. We had very little spoilage. The howdens stuff also had colour matched filler where the planks were cut on the knots, virtually every other solid oak flooring had black filler.
You pay for what you get with oak flooring

I bought this from b&q a few yeats ago and a word of warning. A lot of the planks were very slightly wider (about 1-2mm) which means you cant always get a flush edge and gives you gaps along your floor instead of a nice even finish and once you get one of these its very difficult to get the next row sttaight again. Poor quality by b&q control really.

this stuff is absolute rubbish , better off with laminate

If you want oak flooring buy oak flooring. If you want a wood effect flooring buy laminate. Don`t buy this half and half ill trick a customer kinda stuff. 2.5mm?!? thickness of a couple of pieces of card!

mclgannm

Engineered flooring is much more stable than solid wood. This is because … Engineered flooring is much more stable than solid wood. This is because of the ply construction. I would suggest that 10mm is a wee bit on the shallow side. Most quality Engineered flooring is around 14mm. I should point out that it is always worth employing an experienced floor fitter (who comes recommended) and not someone who is happy to work for beer or give you the bill on the back of a fag packet. Also, make sure you read the instructions and make sure your fitter does too because if something goes wrong it is usually down to poor installation.



It's not exactly ply wood ply? Engineered typically means moisture resistant MDF fronting a real wood veneer. So no good for kitchens and bathrooms where the veneer's natural variations will allow moisture through to damage the MDF.


abucd4

Suitable for a kitchen you reckon?



Nah, get either laminate faced stuff specifically for wet rooms or you could try all hardwood bamboo, the latter is now mostly frowned upon as it doesn't have the moisture resistance it claimed to. The problem I had with my old floor was the thin planks (<7mm) warped where water entered the edges. It's not easy to re-lay once the skirting and kitchen are in place.

Check costco - they have solid oak

Apparently solid wood floors warp after a while. I had to look into this recently for our hall and our dining room floors.Engineered wood is preferable. My fitter told me that the wood will last for years and it could then be sanded back to it's original condition.
If you Google it you will find loads of firms who will send out samples. I looked at B&Q at the time and wasn't really impressed with their offerings so I bought online and got a local time served fitter in. I'd definitely recommend engineered wood, it looks great.

I wouldn't touch b & q with a barge pole, there is normally a reason something is so cheap. Get yourself to Topps tiles they have a fantastic selection of laminates, engineered, solid woods as well as comfort step linos which are suitable anywhere due to them being a 100% waterproof & they simply click together just like laminate

Hotstuffingwithpork

If you want oak flooring buy oak flooring. If you want a wood effect … If you want oak flooring buy oak flooring. If you want a wood effect flooring buy laminate. Don`t buy this half and half ill trick a customer kinda stuff. 2.5mm?!? thickness of a couple of pieces of card!


Can't say I agree , had my engineered oak flooring down for 10'year s now and it's still in brilliant condition .
2.5 mm is just the top , I can sand it a few times if I need to,

I've got engineered wood throughout my entire ground floor. Love it.
Bought from a local flooring company who haggled with their supplier.
Got a good deal and had it installed by our builder. Looks good, hard wearing. Can be sanded if it gets scratched.

Good compromise in cost between laminate (some of which can be quite expensive) and real wood (which is really expensive)
Hoping to get 10 years out of it before changing to whatever is in fashion at the time.

When i was looking around, Wickes had the occasional 25% off deal which made them the cheapest around.
Otherwise try an independent and ask them what the can do for you.



Just remember that wood floors + old pets = disaster.

It soaks wee up like a weetabi

I went with solid oak from Nagle Flooring, purely because they were a local company that I could collect from and the builder was able to offer a small discount via them.

Take a look at nagleflooring.co.uk/ran…php - I went for the 150mm oiled Select Grade and it looks great.
t's on the web site at 29.99 per sq/m but it was something like 23 in the show room.

There's room to negotiate basically.

I would say that their carpet to wood thresholds weren't great and I ended up getting this from somewhere else.

SomebodE

I went with solid oak from Nagle Flooring, purely because they were a … I went with solid oak from Nagle Flooring, purely because they were a local company that I could collect from and the builder was able to offer a small discount via them.Take a look at http://www.nagleflooring.co.uk/range_Solid-Wood-Flooring_9_1_index.php - I went for the 150mm oiled Select Grade and it looks great.t's on the web site at 29.99 per sq/m but it was something like 23 in the show room.There's room to negotiate basically.I would say that their carpet to wood thresholds weren't great and I ended up getting this from somewhere else.



i bought 75sqm of this couple years back quality was 10/10 cost £32sqm nagleflooring.co.uk/pro…php


Original Poster

have laid half of my flooring and have to say the system to fit it together is pretty simple once i got my head round it, much less frustrating than a couple of other laminates i have laid

im sure people appreciate the recommendations others are making, but its pretty obvious to suggest that solid wood flooring at a cost of £50-60 sq metre will look superior to this

have to say i am impressed with it so far, have no bits which are sitting to high, or not cut to shape, i chipped one sheet on the top when it was laid, sanded it quickly applied some danish oil and jobs a gooden.. on laminate it would have showed the chipboard,

i have one sheet (not laid yet) which has a couple of really contrasting pieces in it, which i dont like too much, will use it for a corner or something... but at a price cheaper than a lto of laminates im very happy
Edited by: "N1K0LAI_DAN7E" 3rd Jan 2014

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what would have cost me ov

paul.jacobs

I can recommend Howdens solid Oak flooring. Depending on your tradesman, … I can recommend Howdens solid Oak flooring. Depending on your tradesman, the price will vary as they buy it at a trade price and charge you accordingly. I paid £55/m including fitting - hidden nail and the moisture resistant barrier (£60 a roll) plus a thin foam underlay. I was going to use the cheap stuff and do it myself, but decided to do it properly. I went to howdens and asked for a sample, happily gave me a few planks. The packs had a good selection of lengths, upto 2m, unlike Wickes which were mainly short bits. We had very little spoilage. The howdens stuff also had colour matched filler where the planks were cut on the knots, virtually every other solid oak flooring had black filler.You pay for what you get with oak flooring



your option would cost me >£1,650 (more than my kitchen) this cost me £324

Decided to do away with carpet and now want to have wooden flooring for hallway and dining room.

From previous comments it seems engineered flooring would be better (cost & durability), but how thick should it be (minimum), is a type of underlay required, if so is it included with flooring or extra?

Any advice would be appreciated... A fitter would be fitting it, not me, lol

Original Poster

u need underlay, i bought the green board stuff, think the cheaper end of thickness is 14/15mm and the good stuff is 17/18mm

i have the cheaper stuff as posted, cant complain though, fitted easy as once i got going
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