What’s the Difference Between Hardwood and Laminate?

In a recent blog post, Hardwood vs. Laminate Wood Flooring, we discussed some of the pros and cons to consider when choosing between solid wood flooring, engineered wood flooring or laminate wood flooring for your home. While solid wood was a staple in older homes, today, many homeowner’s have the option of choosing between solid wood, engineered wood, and laminate wood flooring depending on variables like durability, style, and budget, just to name a few. If you haven’t read it, check it out here.

Pros and cons aside, that still leaves us with an important question: what is the difference between solid hardwood flooring, engineered wood flooring and laminate flooring? Allow us to sort out the facts.

Solid hardwood flooring: This one is pretty straightforward. Solid hardwood is 100% sawn wood. Solid hardwood flooring planks are produced from single pieces of wood and can be purchased unfinished or prefinished.

Engineered wood flooring: This flooring is most closely aligned to solid hardwood. It consists of several wood or plywood layers. Bottom and middle layers are manufactured from cross-laid solid wood or plywood planks. The top layer consists of a solid sawn wood lamella, often stained and prefinished.

Laminate flooring: Laminate is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product. This type of flooring is made of thin, pressed wood board with an image of wood on top covered by a clear coating to protect it. It is designed to imitate the appearance of real wood. The core layer of laminate flooring is manufactured primarily from melamine resin and fiber board material.

Deciding on which floor is best for you depends on your needs. Ease of repair, ease of maintenance, longevity and durability will play a large part in deciding which fits best in your home and works for your lifestyle. For advice on hardwood flooring in Highland Village, contact the team at Design Floors.  We’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have and find the right flooring for you.