Real Wood

An elegant option that is strong, durable and can even add value to your home

If you want authentic luxury flooring, what’s more authentic than premium wood floor? Real wood flooring is 100% pure wood that helps create a warm ambience. Real wood floors are built to last and can be sanded down and re-stained time after time.

Install one of our real wood floors and it will be the last flooring that you will ever need.

Don’t take our word for it. Why not visit our showroom and see our fantastic range of samples with your own eyes?

Engineered Wood

What is it?

Each engineered wood floorboard consists of three or four layers of wood, glued together to create a plank around 14mm thick. It has a real-wood veneer of around 2-6mm thick on top, which means it can be sanded back and treated to restore the original finish if it becomes scuffed, worn or damaged. It’s sometimes available with a ‘click-and-lock’ installation, which doesn’t require any adhesive. Tongue-and-groove versions will need to be glued into place. How much does engineered wood flooring cost? Prices range from about £19 per square metre, to more than £90 for expensive woods.

Where to lay engineered wood flooring?

Living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, kitchens. While it’s more resistant to warping than solid wood, it’s still best avoided in places that it will be exposed to a lot of humidity, such as a bathroom. Its also best avoided on stairs, where it is time-consuming and fiddly to lay. It can be tricky to achieve a good finish around corners too, for example around sink pedestals. 

Solid Wood

What is it?

Each solid wood board is made from a single piece of wood, typically 18-20mm thick. It is usually fitted using tongue-and-groove. All types of wood have a hardness score, which indicates how easily they can be damaged, dented or worn by everyday wear and tear. Solid wood flooring can be sanded back to restore the finish and the number of times that you can do this is determined by how deep the tongue is set from the top of the board. 

Prices vary, depending on the cost of raw wood, from £30per square metre for the cheapest options to £82 per sq. m for some tropical hardwoods.

Where to lay engineered wood flooring?

Anywhere with a relatively consistent humidity. Particularly in hallways and living areas where you can show it off.

Solid Wood Pros and Cons

Solid wood flooring swells in damp conditions and shrinks in dry.It’s tough to install because it has to be glued or nailed down. Fitting the individual boards together can be difficult because they change shape after they’ve been manufactured.

New solid wood flooring has a more expensive starting price than other wood flooring options.Solid wood floorboards can amplify sound, so rugs are a good option if you have boards upstairs

Real Wood Vs Laminate

Cost

The reality of flooring costs and what you can afford may be miles apart. Take into consideration the cost of laminate and hardwood flooring to determine what is best for you.

Hardwood

Hardwood flooring is made of harvested trees and pricing depends on the type of wood you choose. In general, hardwood will cost more than laminate to buy and to install.

Laminate

Laminate wood flooring is made from composite wood pressed together at high temperatures. The image of hardwood is then placed over the composite wood, covering it to form the laminate. Not only are the materials themselves cheaper, but laminate wood installation cost is, on average, 50% less than hardwood installation.

Cost Comparison

Laminate flooring can cost per square meter around £5-£6m2 where as real wood can cost anything from £24-£100 per square meter. The exact prices will vary depending on the types of materials used and the size of your home.

Maintenance, Wear and Tear

Hardwood

Hardwood can be susceptible to scratching, can get damaged from excessive moisture and will show wear, especially in heavily trafficked areas. 

However, Hardwood is the real deal; it is gorgeous and depending on the type of wood, can add considerable value to your home.

Laminate

Since laminate is made from pressed wood, it is more durable and resists scratches, moisture and wear and tear. Laminate flooring is also easier to clean.

Although laminate is more durable in the short term, it is not as visually appealing and lower quality laminate may have artificial-looking wood grain textures.

Repairs

Your home’s flooring will typically need repairs at some point. From minor accidents to excessive wear and tear, laminate and hardwood both have their own advantages and disadvantages.

Hardwood

Hardwood can be repaired by sanding imperfections and refinishing. This means that your floor can last more than a lifetime and a wood floor can add considerable value to your home.

Laminate

Laminate flooring doesn’t repair easily. If you buy flooring that comes in individual pieces and snaps together, you may be able to replace individual boards although depending on sunlight and age, the new piece may not match the rest of your floor.

Best Places to Install

In addition to price, durability and repair, you should also consider the best (and worst) places in the home for both types of flooring.

Hardwood

Hardwood flooring is both beautiful and fairly durable, especially in lower-traffic rooms like bedrooms and dining rooms. But, if you have pets or a lot of foot traffic, your hardwood floors might show the scratches and wear overtime. Basements and bathrooms with a lot of moisture are not good places for hardwood flooring.

Laminate

Because laminate flooring is so durable, it is less susceptible to wear and tear from pets and foot traffic. While it withstands moisture better than hardwood, it should not be in an area of the home that regularly gets wet. Because of its topcoat with built-in UV protection, laminate flooring typically does not fade from sunlight as quickly and as noticeably as hardwood flooring and can be used safely in rooms with large windows.

In Conclusion

Your home will benefit from the look of wood flooring and deciding between hardwoods vs. laminate flooring is up to you. Review the pros and cons, and be realistic about your lifestyle. If you have pets, young children or high traffic, these factors may influence your decision.

But you can’t beat the luxury and warmth of wood that will improve your home’s aesthetic appeal whilst also increasing its value.