The question of "what is engineered hardwood" is asked continually. Here is what it is and why it is a better product than solid ¾ inch hardwood.
It is a product made up of a core of hardwood, plywood, or HDF and a top layer of hardwood veneer that is glued to the surface of the core. Thus the product has the natural characteristics of the selected wood species as opposed to a photographic layer as laminates have.
Engineered hardwood has been designed to provide greater stability, particularly where moisture or extreme heat or cold pose a problem, such as Ontario weather. The different seasons offer adverse challenges to our wood products in our homes, such as warping, cupping, swelling, or splitting. Engineered overcomes all these problems with the construction of multiple-ply planks which counteracts twisting and allows the wood to remain flat. It also makes expansion and contraction of the product a more difficult movement.
More and more companies are making efforts to provide an engineered product, which is usually at lower cost to the consumer. For the above reasons, this makes the engineered hardwood the hardwood flooring choice for me.