According to manufacturers, there are mainly three types of wood flooring: Laminate, Engineered Hardwood, and Solid Hardwood
Laminate Laminate flooring is made by compressing layers of fiberboard together and placing a photographic image of wood grain, stone, or tile pattern over the fiberboard. After the image is applied to the surface. To help to prevent the surface from damage a protective coat is added. Laminate flooring is suitable for installation in living areas, studies, and playrooms. Some brands may even construct it with a waterproof core, allowing it to be used in areas where water may be an issue. We recommend taking a close look at the guarantee before installing it in a bathroom. Laminate is easily damaged by moisture, and when that damage sets in, it cannot be fixed.
Engeneered Hardwood Engineered hardwood is made by using from two to four layers of wood glued together. The increased stability of engineered hardwood is achieved by running each layer at a 90° angle to the layer above. This stability makes it a universal product that can be installed over all types of subfloors. The top layer is the hardwood that is visible when the flooring is installed and it is glued to the core. Its thickness of 3.5mm to 5mm, it allows it to be sanded and refinished a number of times.
Solid Hardwood Solid hardwood floors are made of planks milled from a single piece of timber. Solid hardwood floors were originally used for structural purposes, being installed at right angles to the wooden support beams of a building known as joists or bearers. With the increased use of concrete as a subfloor in some parts of the world engineered wood flooring has gained some popularity. However, in areas where homes traditionally have basements, solid wood floors are still common. Solid wood floors have a thicker wear surface and can be sanded and refinished several times to restore their beauty.