Laminate flooring is a multi-layer synthetic flooring product, fused together with a lamination process. Laminate flooring simulates wood (or stone, in some cases) with a photographic layer under a clear protective layer. The inner core layer is usually composed of melamine resin and fibre board materials.
Engineered hardwood flooring is a product made up of a core of hardwood, plywood or HDF and a top layer of hardwood veneer that is glued on the top surface of the core and is available to supply in almost any wood species. The product has the natural characteristics of the selected wood species as opposed to a photographic layer. Knots and colour variation are not defects but are character markings. The “engineered” product has been designed to provide greater stability, particularly where moisture or heat pose problems for solid hardwood floors.
Solid hardwood floors are, as the description suggests, a piece of flooring cut from a single piece of wood and usually has a tongue and groove on all four sides of the board. They will be either unfinished allowing you to apply your own finish or pre-finished with a lacquer or oil. Each and every piece of wood is unique. Knots and colour variation are not defects but are character markings. Solid wood floors can either be fully glued to the floor, screwed or nailed down with a porta-nailer which drives a nail through the groove at an angle into a wooden sub floor or batten. Solid wood floors can be sanded and resealed numerous times over the years, so you can keep the appearance of your natural floor. Solid wood floors can last up to a hundred years or more.
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