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Engineered Wood Flooring Vs Laminate

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Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered wood flooring comprises of non finished plywood with finished wood of 1/6 inch thickness pressed to its top and bottom. The thickness of finished wood may vary from 6-7 mm, giving the flooring a total thickness of up to ¾ inch.

Though you may sand engineered wood flooring one to three times, it is recommended to hire services of professionals for doing the needful, lest the plywood gets exposed due its low tolerance. Because of the attached plywood it remains very stable for a long time. It is unaffected by changes in levels of humidity and can be installed over radiant heat. Its installation is easy as it can be glued, nailed or stapled to the floor. It may also be installed as a floating floor. However, engineering wood flooring is prone to dents, scratches and adding.

Engineered wood flooring that you get is already given a final finish, meaning it is sanded and sealed. You can walk over it soon after it has been laid. Engineered wood flooring is suitable for installation in basements, kitchens and areas with low moisture content. No, it’s not appropriate for installing in areas having high moisture content. Though its initial cost is high, it works out economical in the long run. You may periodically sand it to get rid of scratches and perk up its grain. Engineered wood flooring is aesthetic ally appealing, making it a good option for home decor.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring does not contain real wood. In fact, it is a compound made from wooden flakes with a slim coating of infused paper on its top. Its finish is such that you won’t be able to make out that it’s not real wood flooring. Laminate flooring can resist scratches and burrows. As it can resist moisture too, it is suitable for use in bathroom and kitchen.

Surface of laminate flooring g is somewhat slippery to walk on but it can’t be sanded. Therefore, it’s not as long lasting as engineered wood flooring. The limitation of this type of flooring is that it may lose its shine over time and as it can’t be sanded, you have to replace or get it repaired. Moreover, some laminate floors contain formaldehyde or other VOC chemicals.

You need to put foam beneath its layers to make it softer. Installation of laminate flooring is easy. You may have tongue and groove arrangement or just glue it down. Laminate flooring is suitable for fixing on floor or cement. Also, this kind of flooring can be dismantled easily without spoiling the floor beneath or the laminate itself.

Now that you are aware how laminate flooring is different from engineered flooring, you can weigh the pros and cons of each type before finally selecting one for your home.