Comparison of Laminate, Solid and Engineered Wood Floors

Today is all about compare and contrast. We will list the pros and cons of laminate, solid hardwood flooring and engineered wood flooring. So if you were unsure of what to choose for your next installation, hopefully this guide will help weigh your options.

Laminate-FlooringPros and Cons of Laminate Flooring

Pros:

  • Easy to maintain and very scratch resistant.
  • Works very well in humid environments, making it ideal for bathrooms, kitchens and basements.
  • Cheaper end of the flooring spectrum.
  • Very easy flooring to install and replace.

Cons:

  • Does not last as long as hardwood flooring in your home.
  • Can be slippery when it is wet.
  • Cannot be sanded or refinished like hardwood flooring.
  • It can scuff easily.

Solid-Hardwood-FlooringPros and Cons of Solid Hardwood Flooring

Pros: 

Cons:

  • Cannot be installed in high humidity areas of the home because of seasonal shrinking and swelling.
  • More expensive than most other flooring options.
  • Installation requires nailing to the sub-flooring, making it a more difficult installation to perform DIY. Professional installation is recommended.

Engineered-Hardwood-FlooringPros and Cons of Engineered Wood Flooring

Pros:

  • Engineered wood is in between laminate and solid hardwood flooring on the moisture protection level, but it is a definite candidate for bathrooms, kitchens and basements.
  • Engineered flooring is less expensive than solid hardwood flooring.
  • Dimensionally speaking, more stable than  solid hardwood flooring due to its cross ply construction.

Cons: 

  • Will only handle being refinished once or twice depending on how much sanding is needed.
  • Bad scratches will result in replacing the individual planks as sanding and refinishing will not work.

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