Engineered hardwood was created for those looking for the authenticity and timelessness of solid hardwood, with the added durability. Engineered flooring is characterized by its core, constructed out of layers of plywood that are criss-crossed in different directions. This multi-layer core is what provides its high level of stability, the ability to withstand expansion or contraction due to changes in temperature, humidity, or moisture. The very top layer, however, is made of a 100% real wood veneer, which gives you that natural hardwood aesthetic.
With that top layer of authentic hardwood, this type of flooring can add considerable value to your home. It's a great option for those living in regions subject to a wide range of climates. and can also be installed over concrete slabs, radiant heating systems, or in basements where moisture tends to creep up. There are limitations, however. Since it is a natural product, it should not be used in bathrooms, laundry rooms, or other areas with consistent exposure to water.