The term Laminated Flooring as known in South Africa refers to the European type of laminated floors.
The term Laminated Flooring as known in South Africa refers to the European type of laminated floors. In America the same term usually refers to engineered wooden flooring, which consists of a number of plys, the topmost of which is usually 3mm thick and commonly made from oak, maple or cherry.
This type of wooden flooring is often used in place of solid hardwood flooring as it is more stable. Solid hardwood floors are more prone to surface scratching, and if necessary can have the surface sanded and re-polished. These floors can last for many years, and are often preferred simply because they are real wood.
If your main concern is heavy traffic such as children and pets, there is nothing to beat a laminated floor. Laminate flooring usually comes with a 10 to 15 year warranty, but will eventually need replacing. A solid wooden floor can last for centuries.