Hickory is one of the hardest woods available on the market today, and the style and durability of this rustic wood makes it a popular choice for homeowners throughout Bozeman. It has a Janka rating of 1820 and is so tough and durable that it is often favored in the manufacture of baseball bats. This makes it a long-lasting choice in flooring as well.
However, more than just its durability, hickory wood is also extremely beautiful. It is known for its artfully irregular knotting patterns and wood grain that sets it apart from traditional woods, like red oak, white oak or maple. Naturally-occurring mineral streaks and other variations can give hickory wood an antique look. When it is sanded and polished to a high gloss it can also look very refined and sophisticated.
Is hickory flooring for you? Learn about some of the pros and cons from the flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Bozeman.
Benefits of Hickory Hardwood Flooring
Durable and Beautiful
As described above, hickory wood is an enticing hybrid of beauty and strength. It resists dents, dings and scratches while retaining its refined and beautiful surface. It is suited to high traffic areas such as living rooms, great rooms, hallways, stairs and kitchens. However, it is also favored for its rich, almost three-dimensional look when polished.
Wide Variety of Color Tones
Hickory wood is available in numerous beautiful color tones. The wood ranges from auburn and red tones to copper and cinnamon. Warmer, lighter tones like light beige, honey, gold and caramel run throughout the wood, and darker tones are also common, such as latte, espresso or dark walnut.
Easy to Maintain
Hickory wood is easily maintained by sweeping it regularly and cleaning it with a mild wood floor cleaner. Keeping your hickory wood floor free of debris can help it look pristine for years to come.
A Variety of Edge Profiles and Finishes
Edge profile options for hickory planks include micro-beveled, pillowed, beveled and scraped-beveled. Its surface can be hand-scraped or machine-scraped in subtle and more obvious textures as well as distressed or wire-brushed.
Drawbacks to Hickory Hardwood Flooring
The cost of hickory wood flooring tends to be above average due to its hardness factor and durability. However, its look and “grade” also influence pricing. This can be subjective; while knots and mineral deposits may be seen as flaws to some, to others they add to its unique beauty. Generally, more expensive hickory grades have a more refined look.
The toughness and density can make it more difficult to cut, sand and install than other woods. This can increase the cost and labor involved in installing hickory floors.
Hickory wood has an extremely dense grain, making it more difficult to stain than other wood species. It can be harder to achieve a consistent look; however, most people forego staining for a clear finish so that the wood’s intricate graining and knotting patterns shine through.
Hickory wood is known for its tremendous durability and unique beauty. If you would like to learn more about hickory flooring, or another hardwood option, contact the team at Floor Coverings International Bozeman for a free in-home design consultation.
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