I talked to a salesman today. Boy was I glad I did my research first. The product he felt would meet our needs best was a Mannington, Jamestown plank. This was a 3/8 inch 5 ply, micro beveled plank. It had 7 layers of poly with the aluminum oxide between the 6th and 7th layer. It sells for $7.25 a square foot. When I went in there I thought I needed a 3/4 inch solid wood plank with no bevel and 10 coats of poly. I'm fairly confused at this point. He felt a solid plank would not do well in a kitchen because it would warp/cup with any water exposure. My cousin has a 10 year old solid floor in the kitchen and experienced a major leak in the refrigerator without any reprocussions in the floor. I know that is an extreme case but could a 5 layer product hold up better to a kitchen, dog and kids? Does anyone know anything about this specific product?