When choosing flooring for your home, you might come across various options, including engineered timber and laminate.

While they may look the same at a glance, they are quite different in several ways. Let’s dive into the details.

Composition

Several layers of materials make up both flooring types, but they differ in composition.

Laminate flooring consists of four layers.

The top layer is a tough, transparent protective coating, often made of aluminium oxide. This layer makes it resistant to scratches, stains, and UV damage.

The decorative layer, located beneath the top layer, features a high-resolution image that resembles wood.

The core layer, made of high-density fiberboard (HDF), provides stability and strength to the flooring.

The backing layer, made of melamine (a type of plastic), provides additional strength, stability, and moisture protection.

On the other hand, engineered timber has a solid hardwood face layer with a lacquer finish glued on top of a plywood or HDF core. It may also have a wood backing layer.

Save for the coating and adhesives, engineered timber is made of primarily natural materials. On the other hand, laminate flooring is a mix of natural and plastic materials.

Appearance

Laminate flooring mimics the appearance of natural timber flooring and can come in various textures and finishes. Engineered timber is genuine wood on top of plywood or HDF board.

Installation

Laminate and engineered timber are floating floors. These rigid flooring options rest on the floor and do not require nails, glue, or other adhesives to install.

An interlocking mechanism creates a seamless surface and keeps the flooring in place. Both laminate and engineered timber flooring require underlay.

Some engineered timber flooring types are glued or nailed down. These don’t require underlay during installation.

Cost

Engineered timber flooring is more expensive than laminate flooring owing to the use of genuine materials. However, it is relatively more affordable than solid timber flooring.

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Maintenance

Laminate and engineered timber flooring are easy to clean with regular vacuuming and occasional damp mopping using recommended cleaners.

The following care guidelines apply to both types of flooring.

  • Wipe up spills immediately
  • Place mats at entrances to minimise the tracking of dirt onto the floor. Use furniture pads to prevent scratches on the floors.
  • Use window treatments to protect the flooring from UV rays.
  • Do not wear spiked shoes or shoes with damaged heels on the floors.
  • Use area rugs in high-traffic areas.

One key difference between the two when it comes to maintenance is that laminate flooring cannot be resanded and recoated, unlike engineered timber flooring.

Durability

Laminate and engineered flooring are durable. When properly cared for, high-quality laminate flooring can last up to 25 years or more.

Engineered timber flooring can last a lifetime, although the surface (wear layer) typically carries a 20 to 25-year warranty.

Water-Resistance

Both types of flooring can be coated with a water-resistant layer. Note that not all brands or product ranges are water-resistant.

Water resistance levels may also vary, depending on the specific brand and product. Always check with your supplier first.

Noise Levels

Laminate and engineered timber flooring produce minimal impact sound. However, improper installation can lead to creaking or squeaking.

To avoid this, follow these installation tips.

  • Install only on an even subfloor.
  • Use a proper underlay.
  • Allow for adequate expansion gap along the perimeter
  • Interlock the planks securely.

In conclusion, while engineered timber and laminate flooring may look similar, they differ in composition, cost, durability, and long-term maintenance.

Both of them share similarities in terms of the installation process, day-to-day maintenance, and noise levels.

Laminate and engineered timber flooring are great flooring solutions for your home, depending on your preferences, budget, and lifestyle.

If you’re interested in either engineered timber or laminate flooring, both options are available at your local Carpet One store.

Contact us at 07 3725 8600 or visit our website to learn more and schedule a consultation with our flooring experts.

If you’re in the market for new flooring and are considering laminate, don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more. Laminate flooring is an excellent and affordable alternative to timber flooring, featuring ultra-realistic designs and textures that mimic expensive timber species.

Our team of experts at your local Carpet One store is happy to answer any questions and help you choose the best laminate flooring for your needs.

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