Solid hardwood flooring, as the name suggests, is comprised of flooring boards that are solid hardwood material through-and-through. The boards, usually 3/4-inch thick, are generally milled with a smooth top surface and tongue-and-groove edges that interlock to hold the boards together. They are usually installed by blind-nailing the boards to the subfloor through the tongues along the edges of the boards. If the boards are unfinished, the floor is stained and varnished once the installation is complete. However, prefinished solid hardwood flooring is increasingly preferred (The Spruce).
Laminate flooring is manufactured by starting with a core layer of fiberboard made of wood byproducts. Over this is a design layer that is printed to resemble wood or other material. The design layer is protected by a clear, hardware layer that offers good resistance to scratching and stains. The flooring boards are relatively thin, 6 to 12 mm (1/4- to 1/2-inch) thick and are manufactured with click-lock edges that snap together to secure the boards. This is a floating floor that requires no nailing or glue
Laminate being the correct move for you and your home is entirely dependent on where you plan on installing it as well as your prefrence. Although it is noted the differences between laminate, Vinyl and traditionally less affordable flooring materials. A diffrence also exists between laminate and vinyl, while both types of flooring it is possible to get the stone printed look, what you may choose to go with may change based on where in the home you plan on having it installed. Based on how each one resists water damage.
Laminates are made from a type of recycled wood(high density fiberboard). Because it’s made from wood it can easily be damaged from water if it is installed in a wet, damp or humid enviroment like a bathroom or basement. Vinyl is nearly waterproof, making it perfect for bathrooms, being more resistant to water damage and humidity. Making it a good choice for any area that where constant contact with water or high humidity is a possibility.
dding stone printed laminate or stone printed vinyl tiles can add an eye-catching statement to your space for a low price. While not taking anything away from the minimalistic concept.