Engineered hardwood is comprised of a thin layer of 1/16-inch to 1/8-inch finished wood on top and plywood on the bottom. Unlike laminate, which is made of a layer of melamine paper on top of a wood-chip board, engineered wood is more like hardwood.
Engineered wood has several advantages over hardwood including a reduced risk of twisting and warping. Due to its bonded layers; and depending on the thickness of the top layer, engineered wood can be sanded if any damages on the wood surface develop. Engineered wood is also available in a variety of species including oak, bamboo and maple.