There are a number of different hardwood species on the market, but hickory stands out for its durability and distinct grain. The experts at Floor Coverings International Medina love installing hickory flooring, and you may find that it makes an ideal addition to your Wooster home.
Hickory hardwood is known for its distinct and varied graining. This may appeal to a homeowner looking for a unique hardwood floor. The varied graining also helps to disguise scratches and dents that may occur, giving hickory an advantage over some other hardwoods. Certain variations of hickory come with a less distinct, more traditional grain, so even if a calico look is not your style, you won’t have to cross this species off your list. The colors of this wood can vary from very light to rich golden brown, with either yellowish or reddish hues available. Hickory wood floors are great for a rustic look, especially when given a hand scraped finish.
Hickory is one of the hardest domestic hardwoods, with a Janka rating of 1820, as compared to the standard red oak, which ranks at 1290. Thanks to this, hickory will stand up well against scratches and dents. This makes it a good choice for rooms with more foot traffic, such as the kitchen. It is also a relatively stable wood, and will be more resistant to temperature and moisture changes than the common red oak or maple.
It’s best to stick with a professional installer when placing hickory hardwood, as these floors can prove to be a little more difficult to place than standard hardwoods. When installing wood with a distinct grain, your professional installer can ensure that the planks are aligned appropriately to avoid a mismatched look. The high density of this wood can also make it more difficult to cut, but this is no problem for professional installers, such as those at Floor Coverings International Medina. Hickory will provide a durable, unique floor but at a more affordable price than similar exotic or rare hardwoods. However, it is slightly more expensive than typical domestic woods. If this is a concern, you can get the same look with an engineered hickory hardwood instead.
Our hardwood experts at Floor Coverings International Medina can help you choose and install hickory hardwoods in your Wooster home. Call us today for a free in-home consultation, and learn more about our hardwood selection. We proudly serve the greater Medina and Medina County areas
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