Laminate and Engineered Wood comparison

You may want to know the difference between the different flooring to choose the best. So here’s the full detailed information related to the difference between Laminate Flooring and Engineered Hardwood Flooring:

Laminate Flooring

  • It is basically a mixture of layers, core layer consists of melamine resin and the other layer consists of the texture to have a look alike of a wood. So it is designed to look like a wood, it actually isn't a wood.
  • As it copies the look of wood, so every 5 boards are repeated with identical looks.
  • Durability ultimately depends upon the usage i.e. foot traffic and the maintenance.
  • As we just mentioned that one of the layers of laminate floor is of resins and aluminum oxide which is given high heat and extreme pressure. This then results in a very hard surface than that of a natural wood. These floors come with moisture resistant, scratch resistant and staining. Many of these even come with 10-15 years of warranties on finish.
  • We already mentioned that they are moisture resistant unlike the engineered hardwood flooring. And therefore can be used for kitchen, bathrooms, basements etc.
  • These are not at all organic nature. And therefore is not Eco-friendly unlike engineered hardwood flooring.
  • Life expectancy of laminate flooring is comparatively less than engineered hardwood flooring. As it cannot be repaired so, an average life span is considered to be 20 years for laminate flooring.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring 

  • It is a type of floor which actually consists of wood unlike laminate flooring which just imitates the wood. It consists of plywood layers. Top layer has solid sawn wood lamella. And the middle and bottom layer are made from plywood planks.
  • Whereas real wood has tremendous texture variation of the wood grain, that is the reason why none of the planks of hardwood flooring appear exactly alike.
  • Compared to those pressurized look alike surfaces real and natural wood is softer, which can have a dent easily. But the positive thing about this is that it can be fixed by manually sanding down the affected area, with applying oil. For it to be fixed it does not need to replace the entire floor. Meanwhile, with laminate flooring repairs are not possible.
  • Because wood is an organic material. It cannot be placed under humid areas. For it to be installed in a place, the place should be monitored and kept at 45-65% for engineered floors. Therefore these cannot be installed in the bathrooms and kitchens, as humidity can fluctuate there.
  • These are 100% organic in nature. And therefore these are very eco-friendly.
  • It all depends on the maintenance, if these are maintained well; these can last up to 40-80 years. If it gets worn down then it can easily be fixed up again. But can only be sanded up to 4 times only unlike laminate flooring.


We have provided you with the best of knowledge related to the pros and cons of each of these flooring. All the positive and negative aspects have been covered in this article. Hope this helps you while buying the new solid wood flooring accessories for your house or your office.