If you are looking to choose between laminate flooring and engineered wood flooring, it is important to know the differences. Knowing what to look for will help you in choosing a product that best suits your space, aesthetic taste and practical priorities.
An engineered floor consists of a hardwood layer on top, followed by multiple layers of plywood beneath. These plywood layers lend excellent support, stability and strength to the floor.
A laminate floor employs a High Density Fibreboard (HDF) manufactured from compressed wood fibres. Multiple layers of HDF are used to make a laminate floor superbly stable, strong and durable.
HDF layers are sealed by an ultra-photographic image of wood patterns. This seal is topped by a scratch-resistant wear layer to protect the photographic image. The image can replicate any type of wood or stone look, which gives the laminate floor its external appearance. You can find a variety of designs in laminate flooring that perfectly replicate the real thing.
Resistance to Moisture
An engineered wood floor is much more moisture resistant than a floor of solid hardwood. The surface comes with a lacquered or oiled finish, which makes it moisture-resistant. Multiple plywood layers used in the design make the floor dimensionally intact, which adds to the resistance.
Despite these features, an engineered wood floor is not recommended for wet areas such as bathrooms and kitchens.
A laminate floor is water-resistant to a moderate extent because the top layer is designed to be waterproof. You can use them for kitchens and other splash-prone areas. There are laminate floor products that are completely waterproof, which you could consider for spaces such as bathrooms.
You can add to a laminate floor's natural resistance by installing it correctly. For best results, it is important to close all gaps between the laminate boards so that no water seeps in to the layers below. Prolonged seepage will result in swelling and damage.
An engineered floor is not as resistant to scratches as a laminate floor, but it can be sanded to retain its visual appeal. Both types of floors can look great with regular maintenance.
Both the floors are warm to the touch. A laminate floor that includes a foam underlayment is softer underfoot.
Lifestyle Flooring has a range of products in engineered and laminate flooring. With over 35 years of experience in flooring supplies we come with an impeccable reputation for quality and customer service.
We supply high-quality floorings across the UK including Manchester, Yorkshire, and Leeds. Feel free to take advantage of our free sample service so you can make an informed decision.
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