Solid hardwood or engineered hardwood: which is the best option for your Cayce home? While solid hardwood was once considered the only “true” hardwood option, engineered hardwood is now a popular alternative. Floor Coverings International Columbia East is proud to bring both solid and engineered hardwood to Cayce homeowners. To help you make the best choice for your home, we’ve compared the pros and cons of each!


Solid hardwood is created from a solid piece of wood, as the name suggests. Engineered hardwood is crafted from both plywood and hardwood. The top layer of engineered hardwood is real hardwood, while the center and bottom layers are made of plywood. These layers are bonded together using extreme pressure.

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Engineered Hardwood


Engineered hardwood and solid hardwood are identical from an outside perspective. The top layer of engineered hardwood is crafted from real wood, which makes it indistinguishable from solid hardwood. Both solid and engineered hardwood will provide natural beauty and warmth to your home.


Solid hardwood and engineered hardwood are durable options for your home. When it comes to standing up to daily wear-and-tear, both options are evenly matched.

Engineered hardwood is more water-resistant than solid hardwood, which makes it better suited for rooms with high humidity. The plywood layers of engineered hardwood give it more stability, making engineered hardwood less prone to warping and twisting.

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Engineered Hardwood


Though visually identical, engineered hardwood is less expensive than solid hardwood. Both the cost per plank and price of installation are lower for engineered hardwood. Unlike solid hardwood, which needs to be nailed to the subfloor, engineered hardwood can be installed using a variety of simpler methods.

Lifetime Value

Both engineered hardwood and solid hardwood will add value to your home. Engineered hardwood is crafted from real hardwood, and can be advertised as such.

Over time, however, hardwood will inevitably accumulate damage. The surface of solid hardwood can be sanded down and refinished, bringing it back to looking brand-new. Engineered hardwood cannot be sanded down, as the top layer is too thin. 

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Solid Hardwood

Get Started on Your Perfect Floors Today!

To learn more about solid or engineered hardwood flooring, give the team at Floor Coverings International Columbia East a call! We’re happy to bring samples straight to your home. Book a free in-home consultation today! We proudly serve Columbia, Cayce, Blythewood and surrounding areas.

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