Engineered wood flooring
Engineered wood is made up of a thin veneer top layer of solid wood; however, the remaining base of the product is made up of plywood. The natural top layer makes engineered wood just as durable as traditional hardwood and provides the same classic, timeless look. It’s like the sister who always looks flawless and all done up without even trying.
Laminate flooring is still technically a wood floor as the particle board contains wood fibers, but unlike engineered hardwood, laminate planks do not contain layers of plywood. With an image layer that allows the floor to mimic wood, stone or even metal, laminate is the wild sister who likes to experiment with her makeup and style.
Many people make the mistake of confusing engineered wood flooring with laminate flooring, but they really are chalk and cheese. In order to put this into context, there are laminate flooring options on the market that are little more than photocopies of wood that have been stuck on boards and then coated with a protective top layer. Engineered wood flooring on the other hand is made from cleverly combined wood products that serve to create a solid and stable core board, on which a solid oak lamella or top layer is applied. It is this solid oak top layer that makes engineered wood flooring look so like solid wood.