Laminate or parawood? Alternatives?
I know this is a little bit of a subjective question, but anyway:
I'm about to lay flooring throughout the whole house (except bathrooms)
and can't really afford to spend more than =A315 sq/m.
Her Majesty wants an oak look, so I'm thinking about Parawood or Oak
Laminate (AC4 commercial grade).
Can anyone offer any pearls of wisdom? It's 60 sq/m altogether - a fair
handful of cash I'm about to shell out!
have just had the makro e-mailout and the mrs has just brought home the printed
mailout. there's some solid plank flooring, 13mm thick with 5 coats of varnish and
25 year guarantee - oak, mahogany and teak was £14.99 and £16.99 respectively
now ... blurred out ! but I believe it's about £9.99 sadly, the offer isn't in the printed
mailout so you'll have to phone makro and, obviously, be quick about it.
just rechecked, the oak /is/ £9.99 per m/sq and the mahogany/teak is £14.99
per pack which is .85 m/sq. ethically, the latter two are a bit dodgy, imo.
good luck with the project
Topps have Maple engineered 14mm at iirc 19.99 per square metre, looks
lovely on the display boards but funnily enough doesn't look the so nice in
Wickes have Parawood engineered 14mm reduced to 14.99 metre and also oak
veneer 7mm at 14.99. They also have some other hardwood engineered floorings
reduced at 19.99 per square metre, the birch 14mm engineered is very nice.
You can get them delivered for free by buying from their website but you
will have to point out that their prices are wrong because apparently their
webshop team is incompetent. ie 1.65m pack listed at 19.99 per metre yet the
price quoted is £41.24 per pack.
Firstly, budget in for the underlay - that can be a reasonably
substantial proportion of the cost.
Next, try some of the smaller carpet / flooring stockists - I bought a
load of AC5 for our toy-room (home-office) which has seen heavy wear for
the last 5 years without any obvious deterioration. Cost about £8/sq m,
I think (although this is the printed type, not real wood). But that was
about 50% what the main sheds wanted for a comparable product. Worth
Lastly, try some of the less obvious places. Makro, if you can steal a
card [just why do they only sell to business owners, anyway?, it's full
I think it how they get away with trading from areas which do not permit
Planning permission and stuff.
of card-holders with their kids anyway], sell some very nice bamboo
planking, and real wood veneered planking for a very reasonable £13/sq m
(as far as I can remember - presumably VAT on top of that).