Laminate flooring is more durable and easier to clean than natural wood, making it suitable for common areas and rooms that may be prone to moisture or direct sunlight.
FREMONT, CA: In a house, nothing compares to the rich, classic look of hardwood floors. However, hardwood flooring can be pricey, costing thousands of dollars for a single room. It is also vulnerable to scratches, dents, and water damage. Hardwood floors can also be difficult and expensive to fix.
Laminate flooring, on the other hand, provides a natural appearance for a fraction of the price. This type of flooring is made of composite wood that has been pressed together to produce a look and feel similar to natural hardwood. Laminate flooring is also more durable and easier to clean than natural wood, making it suitable for common areas and rooms that may be prone to moisture or direct sunlight, such as foyers, kitchens, and bathrooms.
Here are two types of laminate flooring:
Engineered wood is made up of many layers of material that have been pressed together to form a plank. Three to twelve layers of fiberboard, plywood, or unfinished hardwood make up the bottom and center layers. The top layer, called the veneer, is made up of a very thin piece of natural wood.
Since the top layer of engineered wood is real hardwood, it closely resembles the look of natural hardwood. Engineered wood flooring can be sanded and refinished up to three times, depending on the top layer's thickness.
Plastic laminate flooring is entirely man-made and has many layers. The moisture barrier is formed by the backer, which is the bottom layer. The core layer is made up of high-density fiberboard, which prevents indentations and acts as the flooring's backbone. The design layer sits on top of the inner core and contains a high-definition photographic image, while most images try to imitate wood, there are also stone-like laminates. A clear coat covers the top layer, which prevents the surface from damage such as fading and scratches.
Although laminate flooring lacks the natural look and feel of hardwood flooring, it is more durable, making it a good choice for families with small children and pets. It is also more affordable.