First there is solid hardwood. This is exactly what you would think, a plank cut from a single piece of wood. It has a protective coating made from acrylic, aluminum oxide or ceramic materials. It is nailed to the subfloor, and can be refinished multiple times over the life of the installation. It is susceptible to expansion and contraction due to humidity in the home. So proper installation is key, to prevent warping over time.
Engineered hardwood is made up of several layers of wood put together with resin, and topped with a thin hardwood piece to create the wear layer. Because of the resin, it is much less susceptible to humidity and is structurally more stable than its solid wood cousin. It can be nailed down, glued down or placed as a floating installation through a tongue and groove design. It can be refinished, but how many times is dependent upon the thickness of the wear layer.
In Deland, FL, you can visit Factory Warehouse of Floors, they are your hardwood flooring discount warehouse. As a hardwood flooring discount warehouse, they have a variety of choices in each type, including standbys like maple, oak and pine, to exotic woods like bamboo, teak and mahogany, all at a reasonable price. They pride themselves on getting the job done professionally and in a timely manner. They also understand the differences between the two types of hardwood flooring and which would work best within your budget, as well as giving you the best possible look to your project.