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Engineered or Solid Wood for Kitchen

Discussion in 'Floors, Stairs and Lofts' started by SamCo, 8 Jul 2019.

  1. SamCo

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    Hi we have just completed the kitchen renovation apart from the floor. My girlfriend would love solid wood flooring but I have heard they don't do well in moisture prone areas.

    I saw a guide saying that engineered wood might be a better option but I am still cautious of water warping the planks. Does anyone recommend either? I don't like the idea of LVT because the floor may need to be accessed for pipe work in the future.

    Please help..
     
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    Personally would not use timber for kitchen flooring .
     
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    What would you choose? LVT?
     
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    if you want access, that means a floating floor. a floating floor means engineered not solid. Some engineered timber floors have a click system that hold them tight together like laminated.

    tell your girlfriend engineered flooring is solid wood flooring -there is no difference in respect of how it looks, the top layer is solid wood and can be sanded / repaired as much as a solid wood -assuming you but the 20mm thick stuff with a 5mm or more face.

    dont even think about a solid flooring unless you can nail it down, the amount of movement in solid is too much for floating.
     
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    Thank you Notch, great answer
     
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    Have a look at Quickstep laminate as some of the ranges have a waterproof top. Like impressive and majestic
     
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    Thank you. Funnily enough I phoned up Lifestyle Flooring UK in Leeds and they recommended the same. Quick-Step Impressive looks fab
     
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    Engineered will be fine but be aware of the surface coating, it is this which will define how practical an Engineered is in any area. A Laqcuered finish means you walk on a coating that will not need waxing,oiling or polishing and is wipe cleanable, it's also resistant to staining and water marks from spills. UV Oiled finish means you walk on the wood itself rather than a coating, there is some extra protection to the oil and you can oil scratches etc as a repair if you need to. A Oiled finish is very difficult to maintain, not unlike putting a solid kitchen work surface on the floo and walking on it. It will be the least practical finish to live with and will require regular maintenance to keep looking its best.
     
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    Will the second product here https://lifestyleflooringuk.co.uk/engineered-wood-flooring be suitable for the kitchen?
     
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    Thanks for your advice mate. I have found one that the girlfriend and I agree on. We're going to go for the
    190mm Pearl Satin Lacquered Engineered European Oak Wood Flooring 14/3mm Thick
     
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    That sounds good.

    Remember, never wash wood floors to clean them, all you need to do is sweep, hoover or use a spray cleaner for lacquered floors and a microfibre cloth. Woods Good and Bona are two manufactures of decent floor cleaning product, there are many others too. Mopping a wood floor will kill it. In addition, use felt pads under chair feet etc.
     
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