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Wooden Floor: Looking for very thick engineered wooden floor .....

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TDiddy Tue 04-Aug-09 07:43:40

Thinking of using The Solid Wood Flooring company for 5mm thick engineered hard wood. Considered solid wood but apparently using broad boards in period property risk warping.

Any one used this manufacturer? Does it dent easily?

Anyone used solid wood in broad boards?

MIAonline Tue 04-Aug-09 08:18:50

We have used this company in the past, their engineered wood is the best we saw, after lots of research and they have excellent customer service, free next day delivery and the cost is very competitive, especially given the quality.

Our floor looks amazing and the floor fitter said it was the best engineered wood he had come across.

Have used broad boards (solid wood) and it had warped a little hence why we went for engineered this time. I was very sceptical, but they are actually better than than our original ones and the thickness of oak on top is great. I spent way too long pondering and researching this!


TDiddy Tue 04-Aug-09 11:06:06

very reassuring. Thank you so much!

TDiddy Tue 04-Aug-09 11:16:47

I used Kahrs engineering floor (oak) at previous house but it was a little easiuly dented - stilletoed women weren't allowed in sitting room for example. How does you floor doing re: dents?

scoutandjem Tue 04-Aug-09 11:20:48

Hello we got maple engineered wood floor. Looked stunning when done but now three years later I am so shocked by dents, scratches etc. Got this floor so wouldn't be problem if 2 x DS dropped stuff etc.

If I had time again would swallow the expense and get solid wood. Good luck.

TDiddy Tue 04-Aug-09 11:31:40

Thanks. Lots to think about. In our old place we eventually "stopped seeing" the dents. I am curious whether the 6mmm/7mm engineered floor recommended by MIAonline dents as well. How thick was yours SCoutandjem?

midnightexpress Tue 04-Aug-09 11:37:25

We have broad oak engineered board by Clyde - v thick - 18.5mm (total depth I think). We were going to have solid wood (the price was actually more or less the same) but we live in the basement of a period property adn the company we used advised us to use engineered board, as it is much more stable.

We've been pleased with it, although it has dentd where DS2 was discovered whacking it with a hammer hmm

TDiddy Tue 04-Aug-09 11:50:25

Midnight do you know how thick the hardwood layer was? 18.5mm sounds very thick. And yes, we are being told that top quality engineered wooden floor is the same price as solid wood but better (stabler) for period homes.

grin DS probably heard you refer to it as solid. I am kinda of thinking that this is my last refurb ever and feeling the pressure to get it right but not to overspend . Yours sound

midnightexpress Tue 04-Aug-09 12:00:15

Oh Ds2 is only 2.6. Twas the wooden hammer from his workbench thingy. But it has a square end and sharp old corners <sob>

18.5mm includes the underneath bit. Hang on, I think there's a spare bit knocking about somewhere. Right, the wood layer is about 7mm.

TDiddy Tue 04-Aug-09 12:51:17

thanks. Do you recall the make or supplier name.

bodiddly Tue 04-Aug-09 13:10:29

I sell some extra deep/thick engineered flooring at work. The boards are about 21mm overall and the top layer is approximately 7mm ....

midnightexpress Tue 04-Aug-09 13:15:10

It was Clyde, and was supplied by MacKays Flooring - we're in Glasgow,a dn I know they do work around Scotland, but not sure about elsewhere.

TDiddy Tue 04-Aug-09 13:51:04

thanks bodiddly and midnight*

- could you please send info

MIAonline- I just spoke to the company that you used and I am impressed.. thanks again. Appartently you can finish the wood with any shade hard wax oil

bodiddly Tue 04-Aug-09 13:57:15

here are the thicker boards from the company we use!

TDiddy Tue 04-Aug-09 18:45:14

bodiddly - thank uyou these look nice in the photos

bodiddly Tue 04-Aug-09 19:26:46

feel free to give them a call if any of it interests you

TDiddy Tue 04-Aug-09 19:32:43

thank you. will review the options this evening.

MIAonline Tue 04-Aug-09 19:43:44

Glad you found them useful. I haven't had the engineered wood down long enough for a real test against the solid, but it seems to be holding up well and seems really strong. We used the protecive oil finish they recommend and this seems to give a lot of protection.

It is actually more expensive than the solid wood, hence my original sceptisism as I felt that it wasn't as good as solid, yet we were paying more iyswim. But I am converted, especially having now had both.

TDiddy Tue 04-Aug-09 20:15:13

I think, I am as well. Stories about warped wood in period house scare me.

Don't you hate it when your friends ask whether it is laminate or solid wood as though your nice engineered wood is some cheapy thing. Doesn't matter though.

MrsMuddle Tue 04-Aug-09 21:56:23

Midnightexpress, I spoke to a joiner today who said that he would only recommend Mackay flooring. Do they fit the floors too?

And are they much dearer than other places?

We were also told engineered wood was better for period homes. Anyone know why?

TDiddy Tue 04-Aug-09 22:17:13

MrsMuddle- it is because the wood moves and swells. The engineered layer strenthens the wood. I think there are a few websites that explains this very well that I will try to retrieve.

MrsMuddle Tue 04-Aug-09 22:38:52

Thank you. I didn't realise you'd explained it earlier. blush my machine is so slow tonight, I could only see the bottom half of the thread.

TDiddy Tue 04-Aug-09 23:35:54

No problem Muddle.

this one for example

midnightexpress Wed 05-Aug-09 09:54:13

MrsMuddle, yes, they do fit floors - they did ours, and did a good job, although they wouldn't deal with the skirting boards, so we had to remove them and put them back on (which explains why it took the best part of a year for us to get them back on...). With regard to price, I don't really know. We didn't go anyrwhere else. But we did strike a deal with them iirc and got a better price for cash.

As I mentioned earlier, I don't know how nationwide their service is - we're in Glasgow, where the company is based, and I know from their website that they've done bigger stuff elsewhere, not sure about domestic work.

Bettymum Wed 05-Aug-09 10:50:57

MIAonline, can I ask how long you've had your floor and if you've had to reoil/wax it yet? We are thinking of getting oak floors but I'm not sure that we're organised enough to oil them every 6 months. That company looks great BTW!

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