Engineered Wood Flooring sounds like it’s higher quality than laminate because it is. A veneer of hardwood is the “face” of engineered wood flooring that we see and walk on. That veneer is attached/glued/laminated to a core of high quality plywood, which gives it its strength and body. Laminate Flooring has the picture (or image) of real wood on its face. This image has a clear wear layer on it to protect it as we walk on it. The core of laminate is not plywood, but pressed “wood board”. You could think of it as the familiar “particle board”. Laminate has a wear layer, then a wood “image” layer and then a press board body.
Does Engineered Wood Flooring Cost More Than Laminate Flooring?
Yes and it’s because skin on the face of engineered wood flooring is real hardwood and the core is made of quality plywood. So, engineered wood flooring is superior to laminate flooring and carries a higher price.
Are Engineered Wood Flooring and Laminate Flooring Installed Differently?
Yes… laminate flooring uses the basic “tongue and groove” concept for installation, with no adhesive needed. Installing engineered wood flooring, with a few exceptions, will require an attachment to the sub-floor with staples or glue.
Are There Maintenance And Repair Differences for Engineered and Laminate Flooring?
Because laminate’s beauty is only “skin deep”, nicks or gouges are next to impossible to repair without noticing the repair. Similar to scratching a photograph. On the other hand, the hardwood veneer on engineered wood flooring can withstand a bit of refinishing before exposing the plywood beneath.
How Does Moisture Affect Engineered and Laminate Flooring?
Engineered wood flooring responds fairly well to water/liquid spills because its core is quality plywood. Likewise, a tight installation of laminate which greatly prevents liquid penetration impedes damage caused by swelling of the inner pressed wood core. But if the core has contact with moisture for a period of time, it will undoubtedly will result in irreversible swelling.
This is a basic run down of the differences between engineered and laminate flooring. It’s best to consult with a professional installer, like Style Flooring, to explain your situation and get the best advise before making your investment.
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