The increasing cost of hardwood is resulting in a major shift in how consumers look at flooring. Prices of hardwood flooring can reach $30 to $100 per square foot, so covering one large room of 200 square feet with solid hardwood can go $20,000 and beyond. Installation is a big part of flooring costs and it can be painfully high in particular with unfinished hardwood floors. A good solution was needed and engineered hardwood flooring and hardwood laminate flooring is fitting the bill nicely.
Hardwood laminate flooring uses a manufacturing process that sandwiches a composite fiberboard material in between two sheets of melamine. One melamine layer is the upper layer and may contain a thin sheet (7 to 10 mm) of real hardwood. This gives the completed board the appearance of a real hardwood plank or strip.
Completely laminate flooring may use an embossing technique that provides a real texture akin to real wood grain. It may be hard to distinguish between real hardwood and laminate flooring when it is fully installed.