A hardwood floor may look authentic, but many times, that very floor may just be a hardwood laminate copy. It may look just as lovely, but for the home owners who prefer a more genuine flooring option, a hardwood laminate floor just won’t cut it.


Here, we are going to show you how you can tell the difference between a real hardwood floor and a hardwood laminate floor. Check out the signs that you should pay careful attention to.

  • Repetition of the grains in the floor, shows that this is not a real hardwood floor. Authentic hardwood floors never have grains which repeat themselves. Laminate hardwood floors may look very similar to the genuine wood, but they are created quickly and made without any sense of individuality, unlike the trees that give us the wood we admire and want to use as flooring. Take a very close look at the wooden floor grains to ensure that they are random – authentic wooden grains are random.
  • Also, pay attention to the floor to see if there are any dents or scratches, because real hardwood is more likely to get damage, as compared to laminate. Laminate hardwood floor does not damage easily – it may have some scratches, but never as much as a frequently-used genuine hardwood floor.
  • See if there are any water marks, stained or faded areas on your floorboards, because real hardwood is subject to these faults, while laminate is not.
  • Check to see if there are any nail heads or staple holes in the floor, then it’s very likely that your hardwood is real and not laminate. Laminate hardwood floors are normally glued in place in installation.


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