Hardwood & Laminate Floors: Finding the Right Flooring for You
Deciding on the perfect flooring for your home or business can be quite the dilemma. Floors are a fundamental aspect of every room that you want to be used and appreciated for years to come. You undoubtedly want something with lasting aesthetic appeal, but you also want something sturdy that won’t be easily damaged over time. Read the following for more information on two of the most popular flooring solutions and the characteristics that set them apart.
With laminate flooring, there is a top layer that contains your desired pattern that is covered with a protective film. Below this are a few synthetic layers that make up the core and add stability. The bottom layer helps balance the floor and thereby reduces the likelihood that the material will warp. Since the decorative layer on top is like a large photograph, laminate flooring can replicate the appearance of any surface; this means that laminate can appear as a variety of wood and stone textures despite the fact that the flooring’s texture will lack the authenticity of whatever texture it imitates.
Any floors made from genuine wood are technically hardwood flooring; however, you will want to be able to distinguish between the two different types of hardwood flooring. Solid hardwood refers to floorboards that are one genuine piece of wood whereas engineered hardwood refers to floorboards that contain a small surface layer of hardwood but have underlying layers of composite wood that may be made of plywood, more hardwood, or high-density fiberboard.