Both engineered wood flooring and laminate flooring are very popular in the market. Many people can not tell the differences between them. They thought they are the same thing. In fact this couldn’t be further from the truth. Now let's take a look why they are different.
Engineered wood flooring
Engineered wood flooring is a man made product that is made from natural materials. Commonly made up of layers of ply that are bonded together, engineered wood flooring is always topped off with a layer of solid wood. This layer of solid wood is called the lamella or top layer and it’s thanks to this solid wood finish that engineered wood looks so convincingly like solid wood.
Engineered wood flooring has the advantage over solid wood that its stable structure means that it is much more resistant to expansion and contraction than solid wood. What this means is that it can safely be fitted in rooms where temperature and moisture fluctuations are significant, like bathrooms and kitchens. Engineered wood flooring can also be installed over under floor heating.
Laminate flooring on the other hand is a synthetic, man-made product that is made up of various layers that are fused together using a lamination process. Laminate flooring is a relatively recent addition to the range of flooring options available on the market and made its first appearance in the late 1970s. It originally launched as a competitor to vinyl flooring. Made up of typically five (or fewer layers), laminate flooring can be made to look like any material the manufacturer wants, because effectively the layer which makes up the image is just that, an image.