LVT or engineered wood

3 years ago

Hello, I am in a dilemma again. We would really like engineered wood floor in the downstairs of our house as we are replacing solid wood floors due to an extension - every room in the house downstairs is or can be open to each other so we need something that flows through. The house isn't that large so don't want to zone of the kitchen with a different floor especially as we are just making it an open plan room. Every time I speak to a flooring specialist I get different advice but today I have been told that the wood will fade and it will mark and that insurance companies won't cover it in the kitchen if it gets water damaged. We were going to get a UV finish in satin so dirt doesn't get trapped in the floor and we thought this was more hard wearing and being partly in a south facing kitchen with lots of glass we thought it would have UV protection and thought that would help reduce fading. We have also been told now, however, that we are better off getting oiled as you can patch that up where this can't be done with lacquered without doing the whole floor.

We don't want laminate as it just doesn't have the same texture or warm feeling that wood has but now I don't think wood is a good option either.

Would love to hear from any of your experiences to help us make a decision. Every time we make a decision at the moment we seem to be put off after finding out the product isn't as good as we thought.

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