Anyone looked at wood vs engineered wood? Girlie at the office brought some flooring that she intends having, that appears to be oak-right-through with standard tongue and groove jointing. I was wondering how this is likely to fare - the sample was already showing signs of cupping with minor cracks at the ends. Yes I know, real wood will show non-uniform characteristics etc etc. The top of this looked good, but the general structure of the wood beneath looked less so - cost for this is £20 /sq m.
Does anyone have experience of the wearability etc of this real wood compared to the engineered stuff with (say) a 6-7mm wood layer bonded to laminate style base? The click-lock version of the engineered stuff is nearer £30 / sq m in B&Q. As it's only for a small hallway, the price is less an issue - it's quality/durability/longevity that we are looking for.