Laminate Characteristics Overview
High Definition photographic layer applied on High Density Fiber (HDF).
Resilient to dings and scratches.
3/8″ thick on floating install with tongue and groove glue-less locking system. This makes it easy to install several times if desired.
Typically 30-40% less expensive than engineered wood.
Light weight and installed as a floating floor – no need to nail down to a sub floor. The weight and ease of installation make it a great choice for weekend warriors.
Engineered Characteristics Overview
Made with layers (3-4) of hardwood, plywood, or HDF and a top layer of hardwood veneer. Some manufactures engineer wood with as many as 6-7 layers.
The stacks of plywood are laid perpendicular to each other, created a additional strength.
The top veneer layer can typically be 0.6 mm to 4.5 mm in thickness. This gives it the ability to be sanded to buff out any scratches. Because it is so thin, it is recommended to hire a professional and only sand about 1-3 times during the life cycle of the floor.
The finished result will typically resemble the natural characteristics of the selected wood species.
Provides greater stability than solid woods, particularly where moisture and heat can be a problem.
Multiple-ply plank system counteracts warping that is common among solid wood floors.
Thinner floors can be nailed down, while thicker kinds can be installed as floating floors.
Answered on 8/16/2013 by cc-3