Evangelina Horn Flooring November 28th, 2018 - 08:17:46
Many people think these two distinct categories of flooring are one and the same.. We want to help. You know the difference between the two so that you can make the best choice for your home and family. First things first. Engineered hardwood is real. Wood. Laminate is made to look like wood–most of the time. Anyway. Many people find it surprising that engineered hardwood is real. Wood, but it's true. It's made of multiple layers of wood, stacked, together. The top layer. The part you see is every bit as beautiful and natural as a piece of solid hardwood. The layers are joined together in a cross-grain construction.
That means each layer of hardwood is facing a different direction. And that construction makes the flooring stronger and more dimensional. Stable. Shaw also makes a premium engineered hardwood called Epic Plus, which has a Stability core. Stability is a high-density core constructed from wood fibers. That makes the floor even stronger. Laminate is also made of layers, but the appearance of wood or other designs comes from an image. It's like a beautifully printed photo of hardwood for your floor. The top layer of your laminate floor is a very strong, clear melamine. Wear layer.
It protects the photo-realistic image that you see through the melamine. The third layer is a high-density fiber core, often made with wood fibers. And the fourth bottom layer is another balancing layer of melamine.. The high-density fiber core generally called the HDF core, is made of tightly condensed recycled wood fiber. This dense core gives the flooring its strength. As you would expect, since it's made of real wood, engineered hardwood has the realistic grain and texture that you've come to love and appreciate from wood flooring. Many laminate floors also have a realistic texture, but this texture is added through a scientific, embossing technique. It can feel like the actual grain of a hardwood floor.
But remember not all laminate floors feature a realistic texture. Engineered hardwoods from Shaw Floors are available in a wide variety of wood species. They also come in a variety of finishes. Laminate floors also have the appearance of a wide range of wood species and finishes, including all those used in hardwood flooring, but they can also have the appearance of stone or tile or porcelain, or even exotic wood species that cannot be legally harvested. Engineered hardwood flooring comes in individual planks, each plank being a separate piece of wood.