Difference Between Engineered Hardwood & Laminate Flooring

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Difference Between Engineered Hardwood & Laminate Flooring
Laminate floors cost less than their engineered wood counterparts. (Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of Sherrie Thai)

Engineered wood floors are made from plywood with a hardwood coating on top, while laminate floors are created from synthetic materials bonded with fiberboard. While the two floors look similar, there are many important differences.

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Durability

Both engineered wood and laminate floors offer extreme durability and are resistant to moisture, making them ideal choices for any room in the house.

Longevity

Engineered wood floors can last the lifetime of a home if properly maintained, while laminate floors typically last between 15 and 30 years.

Appearance

Laminate floors can be made to resemble any type of wood or stone, while engineered wood floors take on the characteristics of the wood the top layer is made from.

Installation

Laminate floors are much easier to install than engineered wood floors. This can help save money on installation, as professional assistance may not be necessary for laminate flooring.

Cost

Due to their synthetic make-up, laminate floors are initially much less expensive than engineered hardwood floors. The longevity and added value to a home that engineered floors offer can help to even out the cost in the long run.

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