Wickes Bordeaux Pine Flooring review.

Having just completed laying this flooring in a 3rd bedroom I thought i'd write a quick review. I was originally looking for a cost effective solid wood floor for light traffic areas (bedrooms) which was not laminate (too clicky). Whilst looking around at solid flooring most of it seems to be around the 40 - 50 sqm mark, too much for me. Whilst in my local Wickes I came across their bordeaux pine floor boards. A nice light knotty pine board, tongue and grooved on all four sides and a hefty 22mm thick, which would allow for plenty of refinishing later. More importantly each pack covers almost a square metre and cost only 14.99.
Laying the boards is straight-forward - I laid them over existing boards, having made sure all the services below were up to scratch! The boards fit together well, sometimes a little gentle persuasion was needed with a block & hammer, but nothing serious. I nailed them down and put a little light wood filler over the nail heads. A whole room (approx 4m * 4m) took about 4 hours to complete, but I did have an electric mitre saw which made things easier.
The boards come unfinished, I gave them 3 coats of Ronseal Diamond hard satin clear floor varnish, applied with a sponge roller, sanding lighly between coats.
The result is a beautiful wooden floor, warm on the feet and easy to maintain. They boards are quite robust, although I suspect they might mark if you were to drop something really hard on them, which is why I wouldn't recommend them for heavy use areas.
Hope this helps, I have no affiliation with wickes whatsoever, I just think this is a very good value for money product.
Cheers
Andrew
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How consistent was the thickness and T&G machining? ie. any steps between adjacent planks?
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It was very consistent, no ridges, 1 or 2 very narrow gaps showed up a couple of months later, but nothing serious.
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I've used these floorboards in two rooms. I'm very happy with the results but I found that the quality boards varies a lot from one batch to the next (inaccurate machining, missing knot cores, shipping damage and severe warping).
I ended up visiting several branches of Wickes to pick the best boards from each to get enough for a 5m x 4m room. Arthur
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