Engineered Wood Flooring consists of a plywood substrate with the desired species as the layer on top(Wear Layer) this can be distressed or smooth. These products have a very tough finish that includes aluminum oxide. This never really wears off. Engineered Wood Floors are made for installation on slab foundations as they are more stable that solid wood floors that expand and contract too much to be glued to a slab.
Laminate Flooring is medium density fiberboard with a high quality photo on the top, covered with a very tough melamine surface. These floors have become very realistic in appearance with most people unable to see the difference between laminate and wood. Laminate floors are installed as a floating floor on top of a sound/moisture underlayment. These floors are very practical for high traffic areas.
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