We ask ourselves so many questions when it comes to choosing a new flooring. Do I need to prioritise practicality or looks? How do I assess the maintenance properties of a flooring? For many of us, it’s a toss-up between getting the look right to having easy maintenance. Luckily in this day and age you don’t often have to choose between the two. We’re here to discuss two very popular flooring types: laminate and engineered wood. Like anything, they both come with their own positives and negatives, so let’s dive into the fantastic features of both!
Let’s start with a familiar favourite: laminate. It’s made using synthetic materials that make up the layers, which are then laminated together, making it a totally man-made product. The layers really help aid with the water resisting properties, perfect for rooms that see water spillages such as the kitchen or bathroom. However, it is not totally resistant to water, so just be aware of this when you’re laying it.
The best thing about laminate however is that it comes in very realistic impressions of natural products such as real wood and stone, meaning you can get that gorgeous natural look through laminate without having to spend nearly as much money! It even comes with a textured surface. Very easy to clean with high durability, you’ll struggle to find fault with laminate. It’s perfect for big gamily households due to its easy cleaning routine and is resistant to stains and scratches. A very carefree flooring choice!
Let’s move onto our next contender: engineered wood. It’s one of the best sellers in the flooring world, made from natural material, it can be made up of anything between 3-12 layers, with the inner cores made using hard or soft plywood. The top layer is made from hardwood, then glues onto the top layer. Therefore, through engineered wood you get the look and feel of a traditional solid wood floor but for a fraction of the price.
Of course, the final decision is up to you, it all depends on your budget and your family circumstances. If your children have moved out and you fancy treating yourself, then engineered wood might be best, however if you need a cheap practical fix then laminate might be ideal.