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Engineered vs. Laminate Flooring

What is the difference between engineered & laminate flooring

The surface of laminate flooring is a photographed image of finished hardwood and cannot be refinished. Warranties are expressed by the thickness of the wear-layers in mm (millimeters). Laminates are not fastened to the subfloor but are installed floating over a pad.

Engineered flooring is the most versatile of floors. Depending on the style, engineered can be floated over a pad, nailed to a subfloor or glued to cement. These are made by actually adhering real hardwood to multiple layers of plywood or Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF).  Some engineered flooring can be sanded and refinished, if the veneer is thick enough. How many times  it can be sanded will depend on the thickness of the veneer or top wear layer and finding someone knowledgeable enough to handle the work. Engineered floors can be excellent for radiant heat and below grade installations.


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