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Wooden floors look amazing in many homes and have become increasingly popular across the North East and the whole of the UK as homeowners update their properties in modern styles. While carpets still are the predominant floor covering in every home, wood floors in living rooms and dining rooms are becoming the flooring of choice for many peoples.

As there are a few different types of wood flooring the choice is usually between sanding down the floorboards that you have, often not possible in older homes as they tend to be broken and not look great, and in newer homes the wood floor is not of great quality having a real wood or laminate floor installed is often the best, and sometimes only choice. There is a big difference between laminate and engineered flooring so let’s take a look at the benefits and differences of these two wood flooring options.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate floors are made mostly from a wood called high density fibreboard or HDF. Then on top of this HDF they are topped with a photographic layer of the wood design and then coated and sealed with a tough surface which makes it very hardwearing and scratch resistant. The photographic layer is the part of the wood which makes laminate so appealing as it can take on the appearance of any type of wood that you want for your home. These also means that you can choose from a huge range of shades and styles that may not be possible in real wood floors.

Engineered Wood Floors

Engineered wood floors are different from their laminate counterparts as they are predominantly made from a thin layer of hardwood backed up with several layers of soft and hardwoods to engineer the feel of real wood giving the floors support and strength. The top layer of the wood will be in the colour, style and type of wood of your choice while the underneath layers are created to make it feel like solid wood floors but are actually engineered, hence the name. Easier to fit that a real solid wood floor and much more affordable but with the look and feel or solid wood with a real solid wood top layer, engineered floors are versatile and beautiful.

Comparing Laminate and Engineered Flooring

Both of the flooring types above are perfectly suitable in most flooring situations but there are differences between the two – here are some ways to compare laminate with engineered floors.

Water Resistance – Because engineered floors have that top layer of natural real wood that will have either been oiled or varnished to protect the wood, they act the same way as solid wood floors when it comes to water resistance. They are not considered totally water resistant making them less suitable for bathrooms or kitchens where you would expect a lot of water as if you do have them in these spaces they will need a lot more TLC to keep them looking in great condition. Laminate flooring on the other hand has been coated in a water resistant layer which makes them more hardwearing in wet or steamy places. As the joints are not waterproof however you will still need to take care and clean up any standing water on them quickly to avoid warping.

Scratch Resistance – As engineered wood has that top layer of real wood it is less protected against scratches than the laminate option, however if an engineered floor does get scratched it can be sanded down to remove or reduce the scratches. Laminate flooring is more resistant to general wear and rear scratches, but it cannot be sanded down if a large, deep scratch was to occur.

Ease of installation – Both laminate and engineered wood floors are fairly simple to install if you have flat base to lay the floating floor on top of and can be done by keen DIY enthusiasts or quite simply by a floor fitter.

Wood Flooring in North Tyneside

The choice between laminate and engineered flooring comes down often to the look and feel of the floor that you want and the rooms which you want to put them in, consider carefully which is right for your situation, or get advice from an experienced flooring shop in North Tyneside like Adamms Carpets in North Shields to ensure you are getting the right flooring for your space at the best price possible.