What Is Laminate Flooring?
Laminate is a type of synthetic flooring that is made by fusing several layers of different material together using heat, pressure, and adhesive, in a process known as lamination. While laminates are often manufactured to replicate the look of a variety of hardwood surfaces, they actually contain no wood materials. Laminate flooring is one of the most resilient and durable floor surfaces available. A relatively recent invention, it has gained in popularity due to its ease of installation, low maintenance requirements, and long life. This material can also be printed to simulate a wide variety of natural flooring materials include hardwood planks, and slate and ceramic tiles.
Engineered Wood Flooring
Engineered wood flooring offers a durable, aesthetically pleasing and easy to install alternative to traditional solid wood flooring. Engineered wood flooring offers a dimensionally stable construction, resulting in less shrinkage and warping than solid wood flooring.
In addition to being suitable for underfloor heating and easy to install, engineered wood flooring can be used on dry concrete slabs or existing wood (baton) sub floors. Engineered wood floors can be glued, nailed, or laid on underlay as a floating floor. The durable solid oak hardwood wear layer can even be sanded down and refinished if required.
The construction of engineered wood flooring consists of bonding real oak hardwood layers to a sub structure of softwood layers called multi-layer plywood. By using thin layers of wood that have little to no reaction to climate changes, a greater stability can be achieved than what is possible in traditional solid wood floors. Because each layer runs perpendicular to the layer beneath it, equal pressure is exerted in all directions, also leading to increased stability.
All these extraordinary qualities make engineered wood flooring a beautiful and valuable addition to your home, and is therefore the logical choice of flooring for the discerning buyer.