Hickory flooring in BloomingtonIf you’re not afraid of hardwood flooring with a little extra character, then take a look at hickory! Hickory has a warm, rustic feel, and it also happens to be one of the toughest domestic hardwoods available. However, to ensure hickory flooring is right for your Edmond home, be sure to consider these tips from Floor Coverings International Edmond:

Appearance

Hickory is unique for its highly varied and inconsistent grain, which can range in color from light beige to dark brown. Once installed, hickory planks produce a kind of striped pattern, so they will make your floors a visual focal point in any space. The uneven color and pattern of hickory hardwood gives it an overall rustic and natural character.

Durability

When compared to other species of hardwood on the Janka hardness scale, hickory rates fairly highly at 1820. This makes it one of the toughest domestic hardwoods available. Hickory flooring resists dings and scratches better than oak or maple hardwood, but it is also more rigid, which can be a problem in humid climates. If you’ll be installing hickory hardwood in an area that experiences significant changes in temperature or humidity, consider engineered hickory to minimize expansion and contraction of the wood.

Price

The cost of hickory flooring is comparable to other domestic hardwoods, like maple and oak. However, you should certainly consider long-term value before installing hickory floors. Since hickory has a unique and dramatic look, it may not be a popular choice with all homeowners, meaning that it may not have as much of a positive impact on the resale value of your home.

The best way to decide if hickory floors are right for you is to see hickory product samples in your own Edmond home. To schedule a free in-home consultation with one of our experts, call Floor Coverings International Edmond today!

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