Engineered Wood or Laminate Floors: Compare

Due to the amazing benefits they add to any surface where they are installed; such as warmth, character and value, wood floors are a classic addition to any home. This extraordinary flooring selection is one of the most sought- after amenities in a home, and in FinishBuild we love choosing top- quality wood flooring for you because of their natural appearance and comfort underfoot; in our opinion wood is beautiful and timeless. Opting for wood as your surfaces choice is not always an easy decision, many people struggle with choosing their wood floor color; this is due to the fact that when people buy a house, they basically inherit the floors that come with it and so they do not face with the changing floor decision until a remodel or new addition is needed. In any case what we recommend to our clients is to keep it harmonious, and match any existing wood floors in order to maintain the flow and integrity of the home.

When it comes to laminate and engineered wood as flooring alternatives, we need to be clear about the fact that neither of them are real wood; this means that these two flooring materials are 100% sawn wood like solid hardwood, for instance. This does not necessary means that the distinction between them and real wood is not murky.

Comparing Engineered Wood vs. Laminate Wood Floors 

Let’s get started with the comparison…Engineered wood floors are made from plywood with a veneer of fine hardwood on top, they were initially developed to be applied on the first floor of a home which was built on a concrete slab or in a basement. However, and since engineered wood flooring technology has significantly evolved over the last 20 years, its products can be used just for any purpose; floors made of engineered wood can even be install in places where you would expect to find plank floors. Today it is completely right to say that engineered wood is most closely aligned to solid hardwood.

Now you may wonder how real wood or not this flooring product is, and according to what we have discussed, the answer is debatable; the base layers of engineered wood floors are made from high-quality plywood and this make them “more natural” than laminate flooring’s pressed wood base. If we need to mention, we would suggest that the cost of engineered wood floors vary from moderate to high; in this sense, you should expect to pay nearly as much for engineered wood as for laminate wood floors. On the other hand we would like to mention that in relation with the refinishing and repairing aspects, they are moderate since this flooring option can be lightly refinished a few times before the veneer begins to wear down to the base plywood layers.

Talking to the best installation areas, engineered wood can be used in any room of your home, except for those areas with highly moisture prone for instance, bathrooms. By choosing engineered wood as your flooring surfaces, and due to the fact that it does not conduct cold well, you will feel them relatively warm; another good reason to pick this flooring material for your home’s spaces is that the unique pattern and deep appearance of the real wood’s veneer, does not accept to be matched by vinyl or laminate’s artificial images.

When it comes to laminate wood flooring, it is important to highlight that this flooring option is made from composite wood pressed together at high temperatures; this is an advantage if we think of pricing, the materials needed to make this type of floor are thin pressed wood boards with an image of wood on top covered by a wear layer to protect, so the materials themselves are cheaper, this makes laminate application cost cheaper as well, generally 50 percent less than engineered installation. Sometimes people tend to misunderstand what laminate wood floors are made of, and regarding this we have to mention that even though laminate flooring is composed fibers, and there is some resin in the form of the thin top wear layer, this does not mean that laminate is made of plastic, it is mostly made of wood.

Laminate wood floors prices can be found from very low to moderate, and this may influence the fact that this type of floor cannot be refinished in any way. If you are wondering in which areas of your home you can install laminate wood floors, once again we can tell you that in any of your rooms but bathrooms; because they do not perform well in highly- moisture prone rooms. The main downside of laminate wood flooring is that you can fill in deep scratches on a spot by spot basis, but you cannot refinish it; in case the entire surface become dull or scratched, you will need to re- install.

As we could show you through this article, no matter what your last preference will be, keep in mind that there will be pros and cons when it comes to engineered or laminate wood flooring.

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