Commonly wooden flooring now comes in two main types one of which is relatively cheap to buy and quick to lay, and the other of which is expensive to buy and slow to lay if you want a quality job.
The cheap wooden flooring option is to buy laminate flooring, and whilst you can buy expensive versions most Do It Yourself (DIY) shops sell cheap to medium priced versions, the more expensive laminates tend to be sold by specialist retailers.
Most DIY retailers sell it in a variety of wood colours, yet you can now also buy laminate flooring for bathrooms that looks like tiles when laid down, also available in numerous colours.
Its main advantages besides the cost are that it is very fast to lay down, you used to have to cut the boards and glue them together, yet now all of the boards simply clip lock together once you have cut them to size. This means these floors can be easily put down in a day by a competent DIY person, or two days if it is the first time you have put one down.
The ease of installation appeals to many people, as you only really need a saw, some masking tape and a pencil to put down the floor.
They can also be fitted (Highly recommended) with insulating boards under them, which provide noise and heat insulation. The noise insulation helps in houses and flats, and the heat insulation improves the nice warm feel that the boards already have underfoot. Of note is that laminate flooring is actually also very hard wearing.
The second type of wooden flooring is solid wooden flooring, which can be bought in a vast variety of widths, lengths, thicknesses and types of wood.
Also not only is it far more expensive to buy as it costs more to be produced, it is also a far more specialist job to fit it, and given the cost of it, which can easily run in to £50 or even far more per square metre, then this is really is a job for getting a specialist fitter in for. As an example if you decide to lay down 6 inch wide by ½ inch thick mahogany boards then you are likely to find you normal home power tools are simply not good enough to cut through the wood.
It does however look fantastic when layed down properly, it is warm underfoot and hard wearing.
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