Laminate and Hardwood Floors
Hardwoods can be 3/4" thick solid wood (Oak, Maple, Cherry, or Hickory are the most popular, but there are many more) and can be from 2 1/4" wide to 4 or 5". They must be nailed down into a wooden subfloor. There are also 3/8" thick engineered hardwood floors in generally the same species - Oak, Maple, Cherry, or Hickory. These can be glued, floated, nailed, or stapled down, and can go over wood subfloor or concrete. These can be in widths much wider than the solid wood because they are dimensionally more stable. These are the most versatile real wood floors, as they adjust to temperature and humidity better than the solid hardwood.
Laminate is a man-made wood look-a-like. It works well instead of wood when sunlight is an issue, or the subfloor is going to allow too much work to allow for real wood. Laminate is virtually stain-proof, high heels will not indent it, and the consumer can get a very high end look of exotic wood at a very middle of the road price. If you have a bad impression of laminate or engineered wood, that might be because you have experienced a cheap product. A quality laminate is almost impossible to discern between a solid or engineered hardwood except in ease of care, ease of installation and ease on the wallet especially when you are comparing against a high end wood plank or exotics like tiger wood. Let us show you a high quality laminate as an alternative to wood if wood is just not fitting into your home.