An engineered Hickory floor is created with multiple layers of hardwood and other material that is glued together. This is in contrast to solid Hickory flooring, where each board is made from a single piece of wood. An engineered Hickory floor has a top layer (called the “wear” layer) of Hickory, and multiple layers of another material like plywood, fiberboard or birch beneath the top layer, glued together to form a strong core. Engineered hardwood Hickory flooring is a suitable option for settings where humidity may be higher on average, such as a basement or for installation over concrete slabs and radiant heat systems. While some engineered floors look and feel cheaper than solid wood floors, Carlisle offers an engineered option that looks and feels virtually identical to a solid wood floor.