Laminate Flooring vs. Engineered Flooring
- Laminate Flooring vs. Engineered Flooring
Laminate flooring has a photographic image of hardwood laminated to a fibreboard substrate which cannot be re-sanded. Engineered hardwood has a top layer of real hardwood which can be re-sanded in the future (if it was originally nailed or glued down and has enough wear layer) thereby increasing its value and longevity.
Laminate flooring is composed of computer generated images of wood planks and has repeat patterns that can reduce the level of realism in the floor. Engineered hardwood provides the home owner with the look and feel of real wood.
Laminate flooring is more economical to produce and therefore less expensive to purchase. Engineered hardwood is expensive to manufacture due to its complexity of integrated layers of hardwood and plywood, therefore more costly.
All laminate floors are safe for radiant heat systems. Depending on the manufacturer and species of the wood, not all engineered floors can be put over radiant heat systems.
All laminate flooring comes in click mechanism systems allowing for an easy installation. Not all engineered hardwood is available in this format thereby limiting your engineering flooring options if you are looking strictly to purchase a click mechanism flooring.
Laminate flooring has an extremely tough wear layer of melamine finish which gives it added durability with regards to denting and scratching. Its extra tough durability is ideal for families with active lifestyles including those families with children and pets. Engineered hardwood performs just like solid hardwood when it comes to scratching and denting.