Well I've been told to get oiled oak rather than lacquered, due to kids/cats/dog. It would be laid onto woodchip boards by the look of it, I'd probably need underlay with both wouldn't I ? Fitting would be more for real wood I think and I don't know which I like best, not sure I'm bothered now just need to make my mind up quick lol
Oh this is so hard, the fitter I called this evening said get engineered wood and he wouldn't have a wooden floor. I guess the other issue I have in the back of my mind is that we will only be in this house another 3 years tops and it's only a £230k house, well more like £170k now so £1500 on one rooms flooring seems a bit crazy. When I'm in my £500k it will be wood without a doubt, but people keep tempting me with £16.00 psm laminate which is alright as long as it doesn't need doing again before we sell. Arghhhhhh
We have karndean which is very easy to maintain & suits our house but if your future buyer doesn't like it, it's a pita to remove because the floor underneath, unless completely smooth, will need to be screed(sp?).
You can get engineered wood with a good depth of 'real' wood on it. We have this is one room as it was being laid on concrete and our builder recommended it. He had previously fitted a solid oak floor in another room in the house - with something else underneath (not concrete) but said the engineered board better in this case. I went for the boards with the thickest top so they could sanded if necessary.
Does seem a high cost viewed against length of time you will live there / cost of house. We are in our 'forever' house so the cost was less of an issue. In on of the kids bedrooms we have laminate clip together flooring that I laid myself and it looks fine 6 years on. It was much cheaper!