The difference between hardwood and laminate floors can be easily spotted on its physical appearance. Real wood has a very distinct texture variation of the wood grain, which is why no two planks of hardwood flooring, whether solid or engineered, appear exactly alike. In laminate flooring, the patterns are already pre-designed to look and feel like its real wood. Even the unique wood lines are imprinted onto the floor surface. Because of this, identical patterns are repeated on average every 5 boards.
The durability of any flooring surface mostly depends on the intensity of foot traffic, as well as adherence to manufacturer recommendations in regards maintenance of the floor.
However, durability of an authentic hardwood floor varies depending on finish and the way it was manufactured as well. Natural wood is softer and can dent more easily because of its pressurized composite surface. On the other hand, engineered hardwood floor can be renewed and repaired easily without the need to replace the entire floor. For example, in the event that an oiled wood floor plank is damaged, it can be fixed by manually sanding down the affected area, then simply applying more stain and oil. Unlike laminate flooring, simple do-it-yourself spot repairs is impossible to work.
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