Recently we’ve run into more than a few people who don’t understand the differences between engineered and laminate flooring. Although they can look similar, they have many significant differences. As a laminate flooring company, we wanted to help you understand laminate and its benefits over engineered wood floors.
Although both engineered wood floors and laminate flooring are both made of layers, the layers differ greatly. One of the benefits of laminate is that the top layer is that what is referred to as the wear layer is an overlay. This covers and protects the decorative layer immediately beneath it. Because the layer you see is protected, laminate is a great option for homes with families and pets. You’re less likely to experience scratches in the finish with a well-made product that has a good overlay.
More Water Resistant
Because engineered wood flooring has wood as its topmost layer, water will more quickly damage it than laminate flooring. This doesn’t mean that as a laminate flooring company that we recommend laminate in bathrooms or laundry rooms, it does mean that it’s a great option for kitchens, entryways and playrooms.
This is often a primary deciding factor when it comes time to choose new flooring. Although both materials cost about the same to install, engineered floors are significantly more expensive. Some engineered wood floors are as expensive as real hardwood.
Is Laminate Flooring Right for You?
You and your laminate flooring company can discuss your family and lifestyle to decide if it’s the right flooring for you. Chances are good that you’ll be able to find a style that you love for your home as laminate comes in both wood and stone looks. You likely know that you can’t refinish laminate like you could hardwood or engineered flooring, but with a lifespan of up to 25 years on higher quality materials, it is a great option.
We’re both a hardwood and laminate flooring company. We work with leading manufacturers to provide you quality products that look great and last for years to come. If you’d like a free in-home consultation, call us at (727) 786-6330 or fill out our contact form today.