Laminate: pressed particle board with a photograph of wood applied to the surface.
Laminate flooring contains NO actual wood. It can be installed almost anywhere, using a click together or glue installation.
Solid: Generally a 3/4” thick solid piece of wood. It can be installed on or above grade by a staple or nail down application.
Engineered: Flooring made up of layers of real wood veneers. The graining of each layer runs in the opposite direction of the layer above and below it, thus acting as a check and balance system, keeping the wood from expanding or shrinking too far in one direction. Engineered floors are ideal for areas of high humidity or dramatic temperature changes. It can be installed above, on or below grade using glue, nail, staple or floating applications.
6/22/2011 05:32:18 pm
The differences between Laminate, Solid, Engineered are highly addressable.
9/12/2012 07:14:02 am
I would never go with engineered again at least not Millstone. The veneer comes apart and the top layer might as well be a photograph because it wears through to the second layer so fast.
4/1/2013 09:37:24 am
I have Millstone and my floor has been in 5 years and it looks like it is brand new. It is the best floor I have ever owned. If you neneer is coming apart it sounds like tou have a moisture problem or have abused the floor
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