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Is Engineered flooring real wood though? – Absolutely! As a rule, engineered wood flooring comes in thicknesses between 7 and 22mm. The thicker the board, the better the quality.
It is made in layers with a ply or hardwood core and then a top layer of genuine oak veneer. In between, there are layers of glued together thinner timber. This is what helps with humidity levels and helps to prevent movement.
Is engineered flooring something we are likely to recommend as a floor covering? We certainly would, like all floor coverings it comes with its limitations. As it is a natural wood product, similar to solid oak flooring it will come with variations in colour and lines. Some boards may not be considered suitable during installation, so a contingency amount should be ordered to account for this.
Once again, in common with solid oak, you will find that furniture will mark your oak flooring, so it is our recommendation that to overcome this you protect your floor by using furniture pads to protect it. However, if your floor should still become damaged it can be sanded and varnished, lacquered or oiled to retain its quality and beautiful look.
Laminate is a viable option for those with a love of wood flooring whatever their budget. Whatever style you are looking for, rest assured that there will be something to suit you. Although stylish and affordable, even a high-end laminate can lack the warmth and natural look and feel of real oak floors.
A laminate floor cannot be refinished but does offer a varying degree of resilience and durability. Available in different thicknesses and styles, discuss the options with us and we can advise of suitability dependent on your room.
LVT Flooring (Luxury Vinyl Tiles) is fast becoming a floor of choice across the world, especially for kitchens and bathrooms mainly due to its highly water-resistant composition. Although it isn’t made from wood, wood effect finishes are available along with other styles. Again, it is very low maintenance and a durable floor covering suitable for heavy foot traffic. It is a super pet and child friendly as it is hard to scratch.
This floor covering doesn’t accurately reflect the beauty of a truly wooden floor as it lacks the authentic feel, and can be slightly more expensive than laminate, however the pro’s far outweigh the cons for us. It’s an alternative floor covering that stands the test of time and something we are happy to recommend and fit.
With years of experience and a wealth of knowledge, we are a reputable company providing solid oak flooring, engineered flooring and laminate flooring at an affordable price.
Solid oak can make a room appear bigger which makes for a great first impression. Low maintenance and easy to clean, you won’t be worried about spills staining as you do with carpet. Long-lasting and versatile, you don’t need to think about matching a solid oak flooring to the future colour schemes.
The solid oak floor isn’t floated like its counterparts, it needs to be nailed or glued and isn’t a suitable covering for underfloor heating. It does however have its own unique warmth and feel and will last for hundreds of years.
In addition to being easy to clean, they are also great for improvement in indoor air quality. Whereas carpets hold animal fur, dust and pollens, hardwood flooring does not, making a perfect choice for those with allergens.
The initial outlay for a solid oak flooring maybe that bit extra in terms of cost, but the benefits of durability outweigh the initial outlay. Even though the finish is timeless and the colour doesn’t fade you can choose to refinish your floor if you fancy a change of floor colour.
It is a natural wood product and will come with variations in colour and lines. Some boards may not be considered suitable during installation so a contingency amount should be ordered to account for this. You will also find that furniture will mark your oak flooring so it is our recommendation that to overcome this, you protect your floor by using furniture pads.
On a positive note, even if your floor becomes damaged it can be sanded and refinished and restored to its original beauty. If we were to choose a floor covering, solid oak would be the one.
No matter which oak flooring you choose, or even if you want some advice on what to go for, give us a call today on 0208 857 7902.
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I was lucky enough to get a personal recommendation for this company and also checked them out on Checkatrade. They are time-efficient, extremely tidy and I am impressed at the level of workmanship from this small family run company who managed to work within our budget. Would recommend them without hesitation.
Petts Wood, Kent
Thank you Jane
Mark and his team recently installed a beautiful new staircase and solid oak floor. I am so happy with the quality of workmanship. They were both reliable, trustworthy and the work was all within budget, my house was left clean and tidy. I would highly recommend them.
Eltham, London, SE9
Thank you Molly, We are glad to have helped you with your home improvement project.
I’m so pleased with the work carried out by Mark at A1. High-quality flooring at a fraction of the shop quotes. Really clean and tidy and personable guy. Would definitely recommend to friends and colleagues. My floor is stunning.
Thank you Dean, The floor does look stunning!
Mark replaced the very wonky and broken floor in our bedroom. Work was completed within the estimated time and to quotation. The finish is solid and tidy.
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This is the second time Mark has carried out work for us and we have been delighted both times. Linda and Mark kept in contact leading up to the project and throughout the work. Mark's work is of a very high standard and we have received many compliments on the floors and cupboards. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mark for carpentry work.
Thanks for the review Katie
A1 are fantastic. They were recommended to me on Netmums. The courteous, knowledgeable tradesman who are hardworking and leave your place clean and tidy once the jobs are done. Five Stars !!!!
Northumberland Heath, Kent
Thank You Mr Grey
Mark has just finished removing the cupboard under our stairs to create a space for us to park our new buggy. He created a small cupboard to house our service meters and installed a beautiful solid oak floor complete with sunken matting at the front door. All this along with repairing our spindles and bannisters upstairs has made for a much-improved hallway. Delighted with the finished result and will be in touch with Mark again shortly to quote for our next project. Would highly recommend.
Thank you Ruth, glad you are pleased with the workmanship. Mark