Someone just asked me the following:
I really want wood flooring, but I am on a very tight budget. I have been looking at your site and decided that I should go either for laminate flooring or engineered flooring, which is best?
Here is how the decision can easily be made:
Where is the floor going to be laid?
If the floor is in the hallway, where people come in from outside, then laminate flooring is the best bet, because it is the most resistant to damage. Laminate flooring is basically a photo of a wood panel under a thick laminate sheet.
If the floor is in the living room, or any other room that will be shown off, then engineered is the best bet because it is the closest of the two to a real wood floor. Engineered flooring is a surface layer of real wood up to a quarter inch thick, with engineered layers of ply underneath.
Do you have young children?For much the same reason as above, laminate flooring is the best option for many people with young children. Not only is it resistant to damage, but it is also easy to clean should they have an “accident” with a crayon or felt tip pen.
Do you have under-floor heating, dampness or extreme climatic changes?
Engineered flooring is capable of expansion and contraction when it is necessary. In fact it is the only wood flooring product with this capability. As we know that changes in temperature cause materials to expand and contract, as does dampness, then in these circumstances engineered flooring is the only practical choice.
Within or without those circumstances it is a matter of choice, you may want to have engineered flooring in the hall, even if you do have kids. However, when it comes to having engineered flooring, if the floor is likely to expand or contract, then it is our express recommendation.