Wooden Flooring Recommendations Please

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Go for engineered as it is so much easier to fit, will last longer, doesn't shrink or warp

There is a great place near Leek I think called Peak Oak (google it)
We had some engineered oak from their about 5 years ago to go on underfloor heating. It hasn't warped or shrunk. Still looks as good as the day it went in
Highly recommended
 
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We've just bought a fair bit of solid oak flooring from B&Q, hoping to get it fitted in the next few weeks. They had a 50% sale on, so we thought we'd get it early. £280 to cover a study around 12 square metres - seemed like a decent enough deal. Fitting should be around £150 I think.
 
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If it's solid make sure it is either secret nailed to a wood sub-floor or suck directly to the floor if it's concrete. (If it is concrete make sure the floor is not damp)

Alot of people make the mistake of floating a solid floor on a underlay which can cause big problems!

I would always go with engineered rather then solid as it's got all the benefits of solid but much more stable due to the plywood base.

Sadly I have been working with flooring for 8 years now!
 
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Yeah we secret nailed ours, after laying 4mm ply on top of all the joists, means the floor is level with the adjoining floors as the oak was slightly slimmer than the fat ancient floorboards :p
 
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i was in similar situation on deciding on floor, but have decided on solid flooiring. Just have to decide on the underlay / fitting method. Is a new build so wil have concrete floor so have choice of adhesive or using the super sticky underlay with a DPM layer underneath
 
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