Heterogeneous is a descriptive word meaning that a product is composed of two or more materials.  The prefix hetero- means different or dissimilar.  The suffix -geneous means origin, stock, or kind.

Carpet, luxury vinyl tile, and engineered hardwood are each examples of a heterogeneous flooring product.  The top and bottom are different in appearance.  Two benefits of a heterogeneous flooring products are that the heterogeneous products are usually more dimensionally stable and that they are usually less expensive than the alternative.

See homogeneous.

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