Engineered flooring: This wood flooring product consists of layers of wood pressed together, with the grains running in different directions. Engineered flooring is perfect for those areas of the house where solid wood flooring may not be suitable, such as basements, kitchens, powder rooms, over radiant heat, and in utility rooms. Engineered flooring has come a long way since it was first introduced to the market. In fact, it's nearly impossible to tell the difference between a high quality engineered floor and a solid floor once installed. The difference in performance, however, makes engineered flooring the clear winner for at risk areas. Because the grains run in different directions, it is more dimensionally stable than solid wood. The wear layer thickness of the engineered floor you choose will be a deciding factor in both the price and the number of times the floor can be sanded in the future.