If you want to bring character and rustic charm to your Middletown home, hickory hardwood flooring is an excellent option. Known for its distinct graining and color variations, hickory has been popular in recent years for active households that want a durable and distinct floor covering.
There are many things to consider when selecting hickory flooring. Following are some facts about this hardwood to help guide your decision-making process.
Characteristics of Hickory Flooring
Hickory has a distinct look. Hues on a single board can range from dark brown to red and almost white. The graining in the wood is unique, and it often features knots and mineral streaks. Hickory is available in any width, but is most popular in wider planks so you can really appreciate the grain and color of the wood. This look appeals to many homeowners, but consider resale value when installing hickory. The distinct look will not appeal to all buyers.
Hickory is a very hard domestic wood, ranking above white oak on the Janka hardness scale at 1820. This means the floor will be resistant to dings and scratches. Hickory is not as stable as white oak, however, and will expand and contract more with changes in humidity. If this is a concern for you consider installing engineered hardwood. This material is much less susceptible to humid conditions.
Due to its wide color variations, it can be difficult to make hickory look consistent from board to board, and it often ends up with a bit of a patchwork look and feel. Working with an experienced installation team will help achieve a cohesive result, but keep in mind the variation that will be prominent across the floor.
Hickory flooring tends to be on the more costly end of domestic hardwood species. The wood is available in different grades, but lower quality wood will have more knots, natural blemishes, and coloration. Higher grades have a cleaner look and straighter grain pattern. If cost is a concern, engineered hardwoods can be a more affordable option, or consider laminate flooring in a hickory finish.
If you are interested in learning more about hickory flooring, or another hardwood flooring option, get in touch with our team at Floor Coverings International Orange County NY. We’ll provide a free in-home design consultation to review all the options and find the best fit for your Middletown home.
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