Engineered wood floors have become very popular because of its cost efficiency and remarkable ability to withstand fluctuations in humidity without shifting and/or changing. Engineered wood consists of several thin layers of solid wood fused together with heat, glue and pressure. Its cross-grain construction alternates layers opposite one another which results in each individual layer to expand and contract in different directions with little to no visible change.
Since engineered wood is resistant to humidity changes, it can be applied to a wider variety of installations where solid wood floors would not be utilized. Since only the top layer is visible, manufacturers can use a variety of less expensive woods to create the core layer and use the more costly woods on the surface. This gives you the benefit of more luxurious materials at affordable price.
Engineered floors can be installed at, below or above ground level and Can be placed directly over a concrete subfloor.
Engineered wood floors with thick top layers can be sanded and refinished several times and they are available in traditional and exotic wood species.