When it comes to flooring options, two of the most popular choices are engineered flooring and laminate flooring. Both offer a durable and attractive finish, but there are some key differences between the two. In this blog post, we will compare engineered flooring and laminate flooring from Carpetshire Ltd of Leicester, and highlight the key points you need to know before making a decision.
- Flooring Materials
Engineered flooring is made up of a real hardwood top layer that is bonded to a plywood base. This construction provides stability, durability and the natural beauty of hardwood. On the other hand, laminate flooring is made of high-density fiberboard (HDF) with a photographic layer that mimics the look of hardwood, stone or tile. Although laminate flooring can look very similar to hardwood, it is not a natural material. At Carpetshire we have a fantastic range of both flooring in a variety of wood finishes, all designed to compliment your home.
- How long will my floor last?
Both engineered and laminate flooring are designed to be durable and long-lasting. Engineered flooring has a thick layer of hardwood on top that can be sanded and refinished several times over its lifetime. This makes it ideal for high-traffic areas or homes with pets and children. On the other hand, laminate flooring is highly scratch-resistant and can withstand spills and stains better than hardwood. However, if it does get damaged, it cannot be repaired or refinished.
So consideration of what usage you will need will be key. At Carpetshire Ltd our experts will be happy to help guide you in the right direction.
- How cost effective are they?
Engineered flooring is generally more expensive than laminate flooring due to the use of real hardwood. However, the durability and longevity of engineered flooring can make it a more cost-effective option in the long run. Laminate flooring is often a more affordable option and can be a good choice for those on a tighter budget. With a wide selection of laminate and engineered floors available we will be able to match your budget to your ideal floor.
- How easy are they too install?
Both engineered and laminate flooring are designed for easy installation, but they require different methods. Engineered flooring can be installed using either a glue-down or floating method, and can be installed over most subfloors. Laminate flooring is typically installed using a floating method, which involves clicking the boards together and laying them over an underlayment. Laminate flooring can also be installed over most subfloors. Our time served fitters are experienced in the installation of Engineered and Laminate floors, so you can have your new floors installed as soon as possible for you and your family to enjoy.
- What will they look like in my home?
One of the biggest advantages of engineered flooring is the natural beauty of hardwood. Each plank is unique, and the natural variations in grain and colour can add character and warmth to any room. Laminate flooring, on the other hand, can mimic the look of hardwood, stone or tile, but it is not a natural material. While the photographic layer can look very convincing, it may lack the depth and texture of real wood.
In conclusion, choosing between engineered flooring and laminate flooring in Leicester comes down to personal preference, budget, and the specific needs of your home. Both options offer durability, ease of installation, and attractive finishes, but they have different materials, costs, and maintenance requirements. By considering the key points outlined above, you can make an informed decision that will provide you with beautiful and functional flooring for years to come.
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