For a beautiful and distinctive hardwood floor, consider hickory – it offers many practical benefits in addition to its unique look. Though hickory hardwoods may not be right for every Stow homeowner, our experts at Floor Coverings International Cleveland South recommend them to those looking for a durable yet eye-catching wood floor. Read on to learn more about the appearance, durability, and cost of hickory:
About Hickory Flooring
Hickory wood has a dramatic and varied grain that makes it stand out from other hardwoods. A single plank of hickory can range in color from light beige or tan to rich golden brown, with dark streaks throughout. Since each plank of hickory can look very different from the next, the flooring may not have as cohesive a look as woods with more subtle color and graining. However, many homeowners love the look of hickory and pick a wide-plank flooring to better appreciate the wood’s character.
Hickory is one of the harder varieties of domestic hardwood. On the Janka hardness scale, it rates at 1820 – higher than maple or oak. This helps it resist dings and scratches very well. However, if you’ll be installing hickory flooring in an environment with high humidity or temperature change, you may want to choose engineered hardwood rather than solid wood to minimize expansion and contraction.
Hickory hardwood flooring can vary in price but is generally comparable to other domestic hardwoods like maple and oak. When choosing hickory, it’s important to consider long-term value as well. Like all hardwood floors, hickory can be refinished to restore its look (especially if it is solid rather than engineered wood). However, due to their distinctive look, hickory floors may not add as much resale value to your home as more traditional wood floors.
If you’d like to see hickory flooring samples in your Stow home, give us a call! Floor Coverings International Cleveland South offers free in-home estimates and consultations.
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