The Present: Engineered Wood

Perhaps the most noticeable change in wood flooring over the last 25 years is the development of engineered flooring. A kind of high-end plywood, products typically consist of three, five, or seven layers of wood veneer, each oriented at 90 degrees to the adjacent ones. The layered construction makes engineered flooring more dimensionally stable than solid wood, so it will shrink and swell less with changes in moisture. That's why you'll see wood flooring in many rooms previously thought unsuitable, from basements to bathrooms. Material pricing is comparable to that of solid wood, but installed cost is typically less.

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