Wood flooring is any product manufactured from timber that is designed for use as flooring, either structural or aesthetic. Wood is a common choice as a flooring material and can come in various styles, colors, cuts, and species.
So to help you select the best type of wooden flooring, we are going to discuss the differences between solid wood flooring, Engineered wood flooring and Laminate wood flooring in this article.
Solid wood flooring: It is a solid piece of natural wood cut out of a tree trunk, then machined and sanded into planks for flooring. Solid hardwood floors are made of planks milled from a single piece of timber.
Engineered wood flooring: It is a combination of solid wood and Plywood glued together. The top layer of engineered wood is solid wood and it is more than 2mm thick. If the thickness of solid wood is less than 2mm then it is called Veneered wood flooring and not the Engineered one. In the case of Engineered wood sometimes both the top and the bottom layer are solid wood and the middle layer is plywood.
Laminate wood flooring: It uses a photographic image of wood on a decor paper adhered to a medium density fiberboard.
Solid wood flooring: It has a very low resistance to scratches. It can be scratched very easily. So if you have pets in your home, installing solid wood flooring is not recommended.
Engineered wood flooring: It relatively has a high resistance to scratches than solid wood flooring.
Laminate wood flooring: It has a very high resistance to scratches due to the protective layer provided on the top. The Pet owner loves Laminate wood flooring due to its high scratch resistance.
Solid wood flooring: It has no resistance to moisture. When subjected to moisture, organic materials will quickly begin to decompose, and they can soon become a host for a variety of molds and bacteria.
Engineered wood flooring: It offers better resistance to moisture than solid wood flooring.
Laminate wood flooring: They are moderately water-resistant and are largely immune to the effects of moisture.
Solid wood flooring: It has the durability of a lifetime or even more. Durability also depends on the type of wood used during the installation.
Engineered wood flooring: It has a life of 30 to 40 years but it can last up to a period of 80 years if proper care is taken.
Laminate wood flooring: It has a durability of around 25 to 30 years after which it has to be replaced.
Solid wood flooring: It expands in a hot climate while contracts in a cold climate. Thus during atmospheric changes, it is subjected to change in dimensions.
Engineered wood flooring: The plywood base of engineered wood flooring is dimensionally stable, thus engineered wood flooring wraps relatively less as compared to solid wood flooring.
Laminate wood flooring: It does not have a natural wood. Hence, it is not susceptible to atmospheric changes which makes it dimensionally stable.
Installation and Thickness
Solid wood flooring: Installation of solid wood flooring is relatively complex in comparison to other wood flooring options. These floors have a general thickness of 18mm to 22mm.
Engineered wood flooring: Depending upon the installation method engineered wood flooring requires a moderate level of expertise. These floors have a thickness of 8mm to 22mm.
Laminate wood flooring: Laminate wood flooring is very easy to install and does not require a skilled person. It can be easily glued to any existing surface which is properly leveled. These floors have a thickness of 6mm to 15mm.
Solid wood flooring: It can be repaired easily by sanding and staining several times during its use.
Engineered wood flooring: As it has only the top layer of real wood, it can be sanded once or twice during its lifetime, after that it has to be replaced.
Laminate wood flooring: It cannot be sanded as it does not have any layer of real wood. If damaged, the planks have to be replaced.
Solid wood flooring: As wood is hollow solid wood flooring produces more noise as compared to other wood floorings
Engineered wood flooring: It produces less noise as compared to solid wood flooring.
Laminate wood flooring: It produces the least noise of all other wood flooring options. It is prominently used where the noise-proof room is desired.
Refinishing and Recycling
Solid wood flooring: It can both be refinished and recycled.
Engineered wood flooring: Since the top layer of the engineered wood floor is real wood it can be recycled and refinished but up to a certain extent.
Laminate wood flooring: The top layer of laminated wood is a resin-based photograph, hence, it cannot be refinished. These wood floorings cannot be recycled too.
Solid wood flooring: In case of solid wood flooring regular cleaning with a vacuum cleaner and a damp cloth is sufficient. Occasionally, a wood cleaner can also be used.
Engineered wood flooring: Similar to solid wood flooring, it also requires a considerable amount of maintenance.
Laminate wood flooring: It is very easy to maintain as it requires minimal cleaning. There is absolutely no requirement for any special cleaner.
Solid wood flooring: It is considered as a valuable asset for one’s house. Its resale value is excellent.
Engineered wood flooring: It also has a high resale value as it contains a layer of solid wood in it.
Laminate wood flooring: It does not have a high resale value as it is a synthetic product and no real wood is used in it.
Solid wood flooring: These floorings can be installed in any area/room except in areas where there is high moisture content such as kitchen, bathroom, and basements. It swells in wet conditions so it is not recommended to install the solid floor in these areas.
Engineered wood flooring: These floorings can be installed in any room including kitchen and basements except highly moisture-prone areas such as bathrooms.
Laminate wood flooring: These floorings can be installed in any room of the house except bathrooms because of the presence of a high amount of water in that area throughout the day.
Solid wood flooring: Solid wood flooring generally costs Rs 500 to Rs 1000 per square feet and ends on a higher budget flooring.
Engineered wood flooring: The cost of engineered wood flooring is Rs 200 to Rs 500 per square feet. It is costlier than laminate wood flooring but cheaper than solid wood flooring.
Laminate wood flooring: The cost of laminate wood flooring ranges anywhere between Rs 80 to Rs 150 per square feet.
So, guys, it is difficult to compare solid wood flooring, engineered wood flooring and laminate wood flooring due to the wide range of quality in each of the product categories and each type has its limitations. It can be said that solid wood flooring is an option for die heartwood lovers, engineered wood is a greener option and laminate is a cheaper option. We hope this article can help you select the ideal option for your home or workplace.