Engineered hardwood flooring is composed of a hardwood, plywood or HDF core along with a top layer of hardwood veneer adhered to the top surface. This allows engineered flooring to possess the natural characteristics of the selected wood species as opposed to a photographic layer. A distinct and rather unique advantage to engineered flooring is its ability to provide a greater degree of stability as compared to solid hardwood floors, particularly in areas where there are high degrees of moisture or heat. This makes it an ideal choice for spaces such as basements and over radiant heat systems. It also works especially well when used in conjunction with a concrete-based subfloor.
Engineered wood flooring typically has three or more layers that are in addition to the top hardwood veneer. This is one of the key factors in allowing it to offer greater stability. Possible materials for the core layers of engineered flooring include plywood, high density fiberboard, or hardwood. Engineered hardwood flooring ‘s multiple-ply plank design allows it to neutralize any twisting in its wood and insures that the surface of the flooring remains flat and intact over time.