Basically, there are 2 types of hardwood:

Engineered & Solid

About 90% of the hardwood sold is Engineered, since it tends to hold up better over time.  Engineered wood has a single layer of the actual wood on top, and then multiple layers (or sheets) of plywood underneath.  This gives it more room to move and breath.  In contrast, Solid Wood a solid piece of wood with no layers.

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