Ted Gregerson with Ted's Abbey Carpet & Floor discussing the differences between laminate and hardwood flooring. teds.abbeycarpet.com.

Hardwood is naturally beautiful, but it's expensive. Engineered wood, made up of multiple plywood layers with a top layer of hardwood veneer, is quick to install. And synthetic laminate can mimic the look of many different wood species for a fraction of the price. When deciding which one to choose, consider

If you have kids, pets or high traffic areas, laminate might be a better option for some of your spaces. Laminate does have some great features. It is less expensive than hardwood and it doesn't scratch as easy either. Laminate can fit well in a basement or rental unit. In high-end homes, you can find either

If you're dreaming of hardwood floors in the bathroom but having nightmares about the cost, take heart. You can get the look of wood with laminate, which closely mimics the texture, color and graining of real woods. Laminate can withstand drippy towels and stand up to heavy traffic and dropped curling irons. It also resists

Hardwood and laminate flooring offer a modern look for a home. It can be hard to make a decision between the two. Price of Hardwood vs Laminate. People often take price into account when they are considering flooring decisions. If your budget is a large factor in deciding which flooring to go with, you should choose

Engineered wood is for purists who prefer the look of natural wood. But you pay for reality. On average, it's about double the cost of plastic laminate flooring. Its thin top layer of actual hardwood makes it more susceptible to dents, scratches and staining. But unlike plastic laminate flooring, it can be rejuvenated up to three

HomeAdvisor's Best Flooring Guide compares Laminate and Hardwood - cost, resale value, durability, appearance, installation and other factors - so you can choose what's best for your home.

Sorting that out will help you better identify with the attributes of laminate or wood, clarifying the way to a decision. Consider However if you're choosing between a site-finished wood floor and laminate, the nod has to go with the latter on surface durability.