Should I Choose Laminate or Engineered Wood?

Laminate vs. Engineered Wood Floors

A lot of our customers come in asking what the difference between laminate wood floors and engineered wood floors are. Both laminate and engineered floors can look similar, but depending on your lifestyle one may suit you better than the other.

Laminate vs. Engineered Wood Floors

Laminate Floors

Laminate is a good choice for young families or if your family includes pets. While laminate is not indestructable, it is easy to care for. There are various qualities of laminate and they all have different wear layers and each has its own warranty. A quality pad or underlayment will help to deaden sound or echo. When there are vaulted or angled ceilings in a home, laminate can be more noisy. If your floors get a gouge or cut, repairs can be difficult. Individual planks can be repaired, but if there is a damaged board in the middle of the room, you would have to remove outside planks to get to it. If you have pets or small children, this floor is a good choice because it is less likely to show scratches.

Engineered Wood Floors

Engineered wood floors are used in our high humidity environment because they are less likely to warp or buckle. When you install them in a glue down fashion, it feels more solid when walked on. However, in some installations, a floating floor may be chosen. Since most homes settle over time, your slab will have some high and low points. If this is the case, a float must be put down to level out your floors so you won’t feel a spring board effect when walking on them. With engineered floors, if you have a nick or gouge in them, you can repair it with a kit or a professional can come do it for you.

No Matter What You Decide, We Got You Covered

With Traditional designs, we offer many styles in both laminate and engineered wood. Call us at

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