Hickory hardwood flooring is warm, rustic, and full of personality. If you’re looking for wood floors with a bit of pizzazz, hickory is certainly worth considering. Plus, hickory is a great practical choice for Vadnais Heights homeowners since it is tougher than other common hardwoods. Want to know more? Here are some things to think about when considering hickory flooring, courtesy of our experts at Floor Coverings International White Bear Lake.
Hickory Flooring: Things to Consider
Appearance – The main reason to choose hickory is for its unique look. Hickory wood has a highly varied grain pattern, giving it a more dramatic and less cohesive appearance. Also, hickory can display a range of wood tones – a single plank may be both light beige and golden brown with dark streaks. This variation means that every plank will look different, and therefore it is very difficult to install them in a way that creates a cohesive, neutral floor. Instead, the unique color and grain of hickory produces a floor with lots of rustic, natural character.
Durability – Hickory is one of the toughest varieties of domestic hardwood. It ranks at 1820 on the Janka hardness scale, which is higher than both maple and oak. This rating shows that hickory resists dings and scratches well, but it also means that the wood is very rigid. Therefore, if you’ll be installing hickory floors in an environment with high humidity or dramatic temperature changes, you may want to choose engineered hardwood in order to minimize expansion and contraction.
Price – Hickory hardwood flooring comes in a range of prices that is comparable to other domestic hardwoods, like maple and oak. However, before you install hickory floors in your home, you should also consider long term value. Like other hardwoods, hickory can be refinished to restore its original look after many years of use. In addition, installing hardwood floors will likely increase your home’s value, though the unique look of hickory may not be as appealing to future homebuyers as more traditional hardwoods.
Give Floor Coverings International White Bear Lake a call today to see hickory flooring samples in your own home. We offer free in-home estimates and consultations to Vadnais Heights homeowners. We look forward to meeting you!
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