We all love wood flooring in our homes and offices but we know that hardwood flooring is always not a feasible option. Hence, fortunately, these days, there are some other stunning and more affordable wood-finish or engineered wood flooring options. These flooring options are favorite among architects and have been trending in the industry for the past few years.
Here are some key points of comparison between the two that will help you choose the one that suits you the best.
An Engineered Wood Flooring contains a thin veneer top layer of solid wood. The core is usually made from layers of plywood or fibreboard. A mix of wax holds the layers together.
A Laminate Flooring, on the other hand, contains a photographic layer that gives the wood-look finish. The core, beneath this, is made of particleboard, prepared from wood fibers which are pressed with heat.
So, what are the pros and cons of these two types of flooring?
Engineered Wood Flooring
One cannot really distinguish between this and the costly hardwood flooring. Engineered wood flooring has a top layer of hardwood which is >2mm.
But, over the years, the top veneer layer tends to lose its shine which is quite similar to that of hardwoods. It needs to be cleaned by a vacuum cleaner and wiping cloth regularly to maintain the shine.
Laminate Wood Flooring
The top photographic layer of laminate wood flooring can replicate the texture and color of any type of wood. And all these are possible, even if the organic materials are unavailable.
But, because of its glossy finish, this has a more artificial look. But manufacturers are trying to improve its texture to make it look realistic and hardwood-like.
How do these two vary in price?
Engineered Wood Flooring has low pricing because of its plywood base, but Laminate Flooring is the cheapest of all. Why so? Because this has no hardwood at all!
For how long do these two last?
Engineered Wood Flooring, if maintained properly, can last up to 100 years.
Laminate Flooring, even if maintained very well, has lesser longevity, and will last at a maximum of 20 years. Once the top layer is eroded, it has to be replaced.
Is any of these floorings pet-friendly?
Laminate Flooring is absolutely pet-friendly. The top layer has a photographic covering and is thus scratch-resistant and easy to clean.
But Engineered Wood Flooring is not very suitable for houses with pets. This has a top layer made from real hardwood, and thus it becomes difficult to clean pet scratches and messes.
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