Hardwood flooring is a traditional and timeless choice for Shawnee homeowners. Here at Floor Coverings International Kansas City West we offer a wide selection of hardwoods to choose from, but we’ve found hickory to be one of the most popular domestic wood choices. Below are the hickory hardwood basics you’ll want to keep in mind when considering this flooring for your home.
Durability of Hickory Flooring
Hickory is a domestically grown hardwood found primarily in the United States. Out of the most popular domestic hardwoods, hickory is the most durable. This flooring scores 1,820 on the Janka hardness scale, which is used to rate a wood’s density. This means that hickory is excellent at resisting dents and scratches. You can feel at ease installing this hardwood in high traffic areas.
One of hickory’s most unique qualities is its appearance. This is a lighter hardwood that has a distinct graining pattern. Hickory can range from creamy whites to medium browns, but the graining of this wood tends to be noticeably darker. The grain’s contrast and wide pattern give this hardwood an almost calico appearance. Hickory is often preferred in wide planks to offset its busy and varied pattern.
As with any hardwood, hickory flooring should not be installed in rooms that are prone to excessive moisture like the bathroom or basement. However, hickory is less prone to warping than other hardwoods and will be a safer choice in spill-prone environments than red oak or maple.
As a domestic hardwood, hickory tends to be one of the more affordable hardwood species. However, in comparison to other domestic hardwoods, it tends to be slightly more expensive. Hickory is available as laminate or engineered hardwood as well for a lower price.
Hickory Hardwood Installation
The installation process of hickory will be just like the installation of any other hardwood. However, considering that hickory is more dense than average, it will prove slightly more difficult to install. Denser woods tend to be less flexible and more challenging to cut. For this reason, professional installation is recommended for installing hickory hardwood.
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Hickory hardwood flooring is a unique and durable hardwood choice that could be the perfect solution for any Shawnee home. Call Floor Coverings International Kansas City West to schedule your free, in-home design consultation and we’ll help you select the perfect hardwood flooring for your home. We proudly serve Overland Park, Shawnee, Lenexa, Prairie Village and surrounding areas.
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