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You need a ball bearing to test for the hardness.

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On a serious note though to answer the OP's question;


Here are some guidelines you can use to tell the difference:

Hardwood grains are random and so they do not have any repeating patterns. But with laminate floors, you will find patterns repeating every few boards.


You may find an occasional nail around the border for hardwood flooring.

Hard wood is more prone to dings and scratches so if there are a lot of dents, the floor is more likely to be natural hardwood than laminate.
Hardwood is more prone to staining and fading. So with hardwood floors you are more likely to find water marks and faded or discolored areas.

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It might not to some, but it does to some clients.



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Old 6/21/17, 9:17 AM
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It might not to some, but it does to some clients.

and if it is reported as hard wood and it is not , You could have a upset client and a possible claim to change the floor .
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That more important to know what you are looking at, ,Roy, before you make the statement to a client.
If you don't know, one leaves it alone. Then the client might say, I thought that is what I hired you for.










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and if it is reported as hard wood and it is not , You could have a upset client and a possible claim to change the floor .
Seems to me some here need to research before making misleading statements that do more to harm inspectors on clients than help them.

Whether real planks or laminate boards, MOST wood flooring options are considered Hardwoods (or have at least partial hardwood material content).



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Laminate flooring is made of several different layers of material. The core of a laminate plank or board is made from fiberboard, which is similar to plywood. The fiberboard layers are often treated with a resinous bonding agent to strengthen the wood.


Wear layer – A clear, top layer that provides resistance to stains and fading
Design layer – A high resolution, highly-detailed photographic image that realistically captures the look of genuine wood
Inner core – HydraCore™/HydraCore Plus is a moisture resistant HDF (High Density Fiberboard) to provide stability, durability, moisture resistance, and sound absorption.
Backing – A moisture barrier backing that protects the floor from warping





















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Seems to me some here need to research before making misleading statements that do more to harm inspectors on clients than help them.

Whether real planks or laminate boards, MOST wood flooring options are considered Hardwoods (or have at least partial hardwood material content).
I would agree with you if you had just said 'wood' mdf hdf etc., is most likely made from softwood, coniferous trees.



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It might not to some, but it does to some clients.
In my experience the ones it matters too have already figured it out.


But in 14 years of not reporting on the floor "Covering" (unless it is damaged) what do I know?
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So you don't note the condition of the floor finishes?



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So you don't note the condition of the floor finishes?
Not so much. I take a picture in each room to cover my *** and mostly write this.....

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Doors 10.1 - The doors are functional.

Flooring 10.2 - The flooring has no significant defects..........
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Old 6/21/17, 5:36 PM
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So when there is a defect, you must tell them what kind of floor it is at the time and still err in the type of floor if you don't know what it is by finding clues. Right?



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