Hardwood flooring continues to be one of our most popular flooring choices in the West Columbia, Lexington & Irmo SC areas. Our experts at Floor Coverings International Columbia have years of experience helping clients choose and install the perfect hardwood floors for their homes. We’ve listed some our most frequently asked hardwood questions below.

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What kind of hardwood floor should I get?

The answer to this question depends on a couple factors. First, where will your wood floor be located? If your floor is below the main floor or “below grade,” you need to choose engineered hardwood floors because moisture coming up through the basement will cause solid wood to warp.   Next, what kind of subfloor do you have? Plywood will allow for solid or engineered wood on top.   With concrete, you’ll need to install engineered wood.

What kind of hardwood floor is best?

There isn’t a “best” hardwood floor, but there is a “best choice” for you. This depends on the elements detailed above and some others. What type of style is your home? Darker hardwood floors can look spectacular in higher end homes. Reclaimed or hand scraped floors can be really great additions to homes with vintage styles. Our experts at Floor Coverings International Columbia can help you best identify the ideal hardwood floor for your home.

What kind of hardwood is best for dogs?

Harder hardwood species are best for dogs. Softer woods will be more easily damaged and scratched with the constant pitter-patter of dog paws and claws.  Refer to the Janka scale for specific hardness of species. Brazilian walnut and hard maple are popular hardwood species. Wood tone is also important, as lighter colors tend to better hide blemishes. Regardless of the type of hardwood floors we install in your home, we recommend to keep your dog’s nails regularly trimmed to avoid excess scratching.


We know that you probably have several more questions. That’s why our flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Columbia are ready to take your call. We also offer free home estimates to residents of the West Columbia, Lexington & Irmo SC areas.


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