If you’re on the hunt for the perfect hardwood floors, you’re at the right place. Our experts at Floor Coverings International of Charleston have extensive experience installing all kinds of hardwood floors in the homes and businesses of Charleston and Mount Pleasant. To get you started, we’ve answered some of our customers’ most common hardwood flooring questions.hardwood bedroom

What is engineered hardwood?

Engineered hardwood flooring is made of several layers of real hardwood fused together with heat and pressure. Its unique construction gives engineered hardwood incredible resistance to moisture that can potentially cause warping and bowing. This allows engineered hardwood to be installed in a wider variety of locations compared with solid hardwood.

What is laminate hardwood flooring?

Laminate hardwood flooring is not real hardwood, but instead simulates real hardwood floors.   It’s made of several layers of melamine resin and fiberboard that includes a wood-look photographic layer. Modern printing technology has allowed laminate wood to look indistinguishable from the real thing. Laminate hardwood is also fade and scratch resistant.

What is hardwood tile?

Like laminate hardwood, hardwood tile is not real hardwood, but is instead made to look like real hardwood. Hardwood tiles, often called wood-look tiles, are made of ceramic or porcelain and made to emulate wood. Many homeowners opt for hardwood tile because it’s highly impervious to water damage and can withstand general wear and tear.

What is hickory flooring?

Hickory flooring is a species of solid and engineered hardwood flooring. It has a distinctive combination of strength, toughness, hardness and stiffness, making it a fantastic all-around option for homeowners seeking durable hardwood floors. Have a lot of foot traffic in your home? You’ll likely love hickory flooring!


These are just a few of our most frequently asked hardwood flooring questions. Don’t hesitate to give our flooring experts at Floor Coverings International of Charleston a call at the number below. We offer free in-home estimates to residents of the Charleston and Mount Pleasant areas.


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