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Can wooden flooring really cost that much?

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Loulou000 Fri 07-Mar-14 20:02:56

We just got a quote for replacing the carpet in our hallway with wood. It's a four bed terrace house, so the hallway is not like giant or anything, and the quote is for £2.4k. I can't believe it. This is for engineered wood that is distressed to look old, and is £95 a metre. That still leaves something like £1.4 for fitting. I can't believe it! Is this normal? Wishing I had not taken up the carpet now before finding out how much it would cost to replace!!!!

MaryShelley Fri 07-Mar-14 20:05:55

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loobyloo24 Fri 07-Mar-14 20:14:11

We are having our hallway, dining room and kitchen refloored and have been quoted £1900 all in by our builders. This is for approx 40sqm, we are having bamboo which is about £30 per sqm. Obviously this is a lot cheaper than the wood floor you are going for but the amount you have been quoted for fitting still seems excessive. Maybe try to get a few more quotes and hopefully you can find someone a lot more reasonable.

MooseBeTimeForSpring Fri 07-Mar-14 20:25:04

Engineered wood flooring is very expensive. Is there a laminate version that looks similar?

SimLondon Fri 07-Mar-14 20:28:33

We bought up some wicks end of line wooden flooring (not laminate or engineered) for about £25 per sqm.

truelymadlysleepy Fri 07-Mar-14 20:41:49

I've been looking too.
I found quite a few oak lines for about £45m2, plus fitting. I suggest you get some more quotes.

Loulou000 Fri 07-Mar-14 21:51:08

Goodness me, I think I'd better get some more quotes.

Itscoldouthere Fri 07-Mar-14 23:28:44

Fitting costs are often similar to the actual wood. Expect at least £30/£40 per sq m for the fitting.

Mandy21 Sat 08-Mar-14 08:38:10

Thats seems very expensive both for the wood and the fitting. My H fitted the flooring in our hall - hes a competent DIYer but its not massively difficult.

Cardilover Sat 08-Mar-14 08:44:40

If it helps - weve just had engineered floors fitted and were told the going rate for fitting was £15-£20 per sq m. Got four quotes and they all fell into that bracket.

scarlettsmummy2 Sat 08-Mar-14 09:12:30

I have solid oak through out downstairs. It cost about 6k six years ago, but does still look great. We just redid the kitchen in November, it cost 35 for solid oak per metre , plus 12 fitting. We are in edinburgh and used a local supplier rather than a big chain.

MrsTaraPlumbing Sat 08-Mar-14 09:23:20

Ask the person who quotes why it is so expensive. Does it include underlay or any other factors that are not listed on the quote and you did not realise?

GillTheGiraffe Sat 08-Mar-14 12:49:51

I wanted prime (hardly any knots) oak so paid about �55 per sqm for engineered wood 21mm thick so a few mils re resandable - bought online.
Two adjoining rooms, 5 x 4m and 3 x 2m fitting cost �900. That included underlay, poly sheets, glue, wooden thresholds new skirting boards etc. Used indie carpenter.

KatieScarlett2833 Sat 08-Mar-14 12:51:30

I have beautiful oak flooring in 3 rooms downstairs (large rooms). Cost around 4 grand about six years ago. Worth every penny IMO.

RuddyDuck Sat 08-Mar-14 13:24:22

we have engineered oak in our kitchen/diner which is about 40sqm, and paid about £2K including underlay and fitting. I haggled very hard! It looks amazing, and is thicker than most others we looked at so we can pay someone to resand up to 4 times apparently. I would look around and get other quotes as you seem to be paying a fortune for a hallway.

MillyMollyMama Sun 09-Mar-14 01:03:01

You have been quoted a high price probably because of the distressed finish and my guess is that it is a plank (wide) floor not a strip (2 or 3 strips to a plank width) floor. I have just had a look at a large flooring company based in Daventry, Northamtonshire (1934 Trading) and they have loads of oak floors for £30 m3 upwards, but not planks and not distressed. You can easily lower the price if you are prepared to compromise. Will you need to remove the skirting boards and refit over the floor. Does the floor need levelling? Wood is unforgiving and will bounce if floor is uneven. Don't have beading to join the floor to the skirting. It looks awful. It is vital to take the skirting up and put the flooring under the skirting. This is expensive. Is this part of your fitting quote? What about how the wood joins other flooring? How are you doing the thresholds? You could get another carpet!

Loulou000 Mon 10-Mar-14 10:52:01

Thanks all for the very useful comments. Particularly interested to hear that beading looks awful as TBH I was considering this as one way of lowering the cost! Going to ask for a breakdown of the quote…

AnythingNotEverything Mon 10-Mar-14 11:04:00

We've got distressed oak engineered wood which was just over 3k for about 50 square metres. I definitely think you can do it cheaper.

Our skirting boards we're horrible so we had them removed and new ones refitted over the new floor. It looks much better than beading. Definitely worth costing up.

MoominMammasHandbag Mon 10-Mar-14 14:42:16

We have oiled solid Canadian maple through our ground floor (except kitchen). Cost thousands, looks fantastic. We have re sanded once in 7 years and it came up like new.
I have to say though, I do regret having wood in the hall. I think tiles are a much more practical choice.

Loulou000 Tue 11-Mar-14 09:16:08

Moomin can I ask what difficulties you have with wood in the hallway?

Choccybaby Tue 11-Mar-14 09:37:43

I agree re wood in hallway as you can't wash it as easily as tiles (risk of warping) and small stones/mud scratches it. We now use our tiled utility room as our main entrance to reduce this rather than the door straight into the hall.

poocatcherchampion Tue 11-Mar-14 13:30:00

is laminate a better option then? or des that warp as well?

MoominMammasHandbag Tue 11-Mar-14 15:23:21

Yes exactly what Choccy said. I have a no shoes indoors rule, but it still gets scratched and dirty. I have ended up using carpet runner over the highest traffic areas, which rather defeats the point if paying a lot of money for a gorgeous floor. Plus it is more of a pain to hoover.
Next house I am having tiles.

scarlettsmummy2 Tue 11-Mar-14 19:32:44

We have oak in the hallway and it has been totally fine- although it is highly lacquered. Agree definitely need to take skirting boards off! We ended up just buying new ones and the man that fitted them back on didn't charge any extra.

Mandy21 Tue 11-Mar-14 21:07:49

We have solid bamboo (highly lacquered too).

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