Many people make the common mistake of thinking that laminate and engineered wood flooring are the same thing – they’re not.

Engineered wood flooring

Kahrs Lodge Breeze Engineered wood flooring

Engineered wood flooring is made up of natural materials, and topped with a layer of real wood. This cuts costs drastically but keeps the authentic look and finish of quality solid wood flooring, making engineered wood the happy medium between laminate and solid wood floors.

Pros of engineered wood flooring

  • Realistic finish
  • Durable
  • Can be used in bathrooms and kitchens
  • Can be used over underfloor heating
  • Easy to fit
  • Easier to repair
  • Easy to maintain

Cons of engineered wood flooring

  • More expensive
  • Loud
  • Cold

Laminate flooring

Startright Honey Oak laminate flooring

Laminate flooring is a more affordable alternative. This too is man made, but rather than using natural fibres, it is made up of layers of synthetic materials. Laminate doesn’t look as realistic as engineered wood flooring, simply because it’s not real; it is instead a picture of the real thing and can be made to look however the manufacturer wants it to.

Pros of laminate flooring

  • Affordable
  • Easy to fit
  • Easy to maintain
  • Scratch resistant

Cons of laminate flooring

  • Less realistic
  • Difficult to repair
  • Loud
  • Cold

Solid wood

Solid wood flooring in a living room

Solid wood flooring is the most expensive option, As the name implies, it’s made of planks of solid wood for a beautiful natural grain that printed alternatives such as laminate can struggle to match.

Pros of solid wood flooring

  • Quality finish
  • Easy to repair
  • Good for allergies
  • Long lasting

Cons of solid wood flooring

  • Harder to maintain
  • Prone to expansion and contraction
  • Expensive
  • Loud
  • Cold
Benefits Disadvantages
Engineered wood flooring
  • Realistic finish
  • Durable
  • Can be used in bathrooms and kitchens
  • Can be used over underfloor heating
  • Easy to fit
  • Easier to repair
  • Easy to maintain
  • More expensive
Laminate flooring
  • Affordable
  • Easy to fit
  • Easy to maintain
  • Scratch resistant
  • Less realistic
  • Difficult to repair
Solid wood flooring
  • Quality finish
  • Easy to repair
  • Harder to maintain
  • Expands & contracts
  • Expensive

 

Test it yourself and order free samples today! Find out first hand the differences between engineered wood, laminate and solid wood flooring.