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Difference between the Solid wood flooring, Engineered wood flooring and Laminate wood flooring. [13 factors]

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There are 3 main wood flooring types

*Solid wood flooring is done using single planks. There are 3 ways to cut the wood, depending on how it fits on the floor. Quartersawn, flat sawn, and rift sawn.
3 common questions about Solid wood flooring and Pros & Cons
*Apply 2 or more layers for engineered wood flooring. These are cheaper than solid wood flooring cost.
*Laminate wood flooring: Laminate wood flooring can be used very cheap to get a wood look. It cost less than the woods. This laminate wood was created using a wooden powder. And there are several layers here. A laminate layer is applied over the wood texture design to make them visible and prevent damage to the plan when walking. The prices vary depending on the thickness of the laminate and the country of manufacture. You can use this any design, color you like.

We will discuss the Difference between Solid wood flooring, Engineered wood flooring & Laminate wood flooring.

What are the factors to consider among wood floor types

  • Composition
  • Scratch Resistant
  • Moisture Resistance
  • Life
  • Dimensional Stability
  • Thickness
  • Installation
  • Repair
  • Noise Production
  • Refinishing
  • Recycling
  • Maintenance
  • Resale Value
  • Application Area
  • Cost
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 Let us briefly consider each factor through a table.

Solid Wood Flooring  Engineered Wood FlooringLaminate Wood Flooring
CompositionSolid piece of natural wood  Combination of Solid wood & plywood glued together. The thickness of Solid wood > 2mm Engineered wood flooring Thickness of solid wood<2mm Veneered wood flooring. Sometimes the top & bottom layer is solid wood & the middle layer is plywood.Photographic image of wood on a décor paper adhered to a medium-density fiberboard
Scratch ResistantVery low resistance to scratchesRelatively high resistance to scratchesVery high resistance to scratches
Moisture ResistanceNo resistance to moistureBetter resistance to moistureModerately water resistance
LifeLifetime or even more30 to 40 years, but it can last up to 80 years if proper care is take25 to 30 years, after that it has to be replaced.
Dimensional StabilityExpands in a hot climate, while contracts in cold climate are subject on changes in dimensions.Dimensionally stable & warps relatively less.Not susceptible to atmospheric changes, which makes it dimensionally stable
Thickness18mm to 22mm8mm to 22mm6mm to 15mm
InstallationRelatively ComplexModerate level of expertiseVery easy to install & does not require a skilled person
RepairCan be repaired easily by sanding and Staining several times during its useCan be sanded once or twice during its lifetime, after that it has to be replaceIt cannot be sand as it does not have any real wood. If damaged, the planks have to be replace
Noise ProductionProduces more noise on walkingProduces less noiseProduces the least noise
RefinishingCan be refinishedCan be refinished but up to a certain extentCannot be refinished
RecyclingCan be recycledCan be recycledCannot be recycled
MaintenanceRegularly cleaning with a vacuum cleaner and a damp cloth is sufficientRequires a considerable amount of maintenance        Very easy to maintain as it requires minimal cleaning
Resale ValueValuable Asset The resale value is excellent.High Resale valueDoes not give high Resale value
Application AreaCan be installed in any room except highly moisture-prone areas such as Kitchen, Bathroom, and BasementsCan be installed in any room including Kitchen, Basements except highly moisture prone areas such as BathroomsCan be installed in any room except highly moisture-prone areas such as Bathrooms
Wood Flooring CostDepend on various factors (Wood type, Company, Time)Depend on various factors (Wood type, Company, Time)Depend on various factors (Wood type, Company, Time)

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