Engineered Wood vs. Laminate

 

When choosing the flooring that will work best in your home, laminate and engineered wood are two popular options. It can be confusing to tell the difference between these two types of floors, but there are some important points to consider when you are deciding between them. This article will compare and contrast these types of flooring to give you insight on which will work best for you.

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First, let’s take a look at both types of flooring and how each are defined in the world of interior design.

Laminate:

This is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product that is designed to imitate the appearance of real wood. The core layer is manufactured from melamine resin and fiber board material while the top layer has an imprinted texture that makes it look like real wood.

Engineered Wood:

This type of flooring consists of several wood or plywood layers. The bottom and middle layers are manufactured from cross laid solid wood or plywood planks. The top layer consists of solid sawn wood lamella which is often stained and prefinished. The planks are produced from single pieces of wood.

Essentially, the takeaway here is that engineered hardwood is manufactured from real wood and preserves the appearance of real wood while laminate is an imitation. But the differences don’t end there.


Appearance:

When it comes to appearance, laminate and engineered wood differ greatly. Real wood features the texture variation of wood grain so that no two planks look exactly alike. Laminate flooring has predesigned patterns that can make the planks identical in appearance.

Durability:

Although the durability of flooring can vary depending on how it is treated, laminate is harder than natural wood. The materials it is made from makes it resistant to damage, staining and fading. Engineered wood floors are softer and can dent more easily.

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Maintenance and Repair:

Laminate flooring can be cleaned with sweeping and mopping whereas engineered wood may take a specialized cleaner. However, when it comes to repair, engineered wood comes out ahead. This is because the individual wood planks can be replaced unlike laminate flooring where damage might require the whole floor to be replaced.

Longevity:

Despite the fact that laminate flooring can be more durable than engineered wood, its lifespan is shorter overall. Laminate floors can last up to 20 years before the finish starts to wear down. Once this happens, floors can not be sanded or refinished. Wood flooring can be sanded and refinished 6-7 times making for a floor that can last 40-80 years.

Eco-Friendly:

Engineered flooring is manufactured from wood and is, therefore, mostly organic. Laminate flooring involves the bonding of composite materials making it more of an unnatural substance.


So you can see that both types of floorings have their advantages and disadvantages. Ultimately, you can decide on which one best suits your lifestyle. Hopefully this article provided you with valuable information that can help make choosing simpler. Here’s hoping you end up with a floor you’ll love! 

 
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