Five Ideas for Using Hickory Flooring
Hickory flooring is a beautiful and easy way to add warmth and character to your home. It makes your home look more rustic with beautiful tan to reddish colors that are great for homes with a country feel. Hickory also has a high Janka rating of 1820 – durable for a domestic hardwood.
With its natural beauty, hickory flooring gives any room a rustic feel and is ideal for kitchens, because it's extremely hard and very water resistant with low maintenance. It also comes in a variety of color variations and stains that provide ample choices for your kitchen design or décor.
Here some additional ideas for using hickory flooring in your kitchen:
- For brighter and more spacious kitchens, choose a lighter shade of hickory flooring that is perfect for smaller kitchens.
- Prefinished hickory flooring is advisable for kitchens. It holds up to spills, UV rays, and scratches.
- Engineered hickory flooring has solid hickory on top of layers of plywood and is perfect for kitchens, because it is resistant to humidity and extreme temperature. Engineered flooring is also ecologically friendly because it is constructed of softwoods and less hickory is used.
- Choose from a wide variety of styles of hickory flooring for your kitchen, including plank flooring, which consists of wide, linear planks of hickory; strip flooring, which is not as wide; and parquet flooring, which is geometrically arranged.
Hickory flooring is more difficult to install because it is so hard. A professional contractor can handle the installation of your hickory flooring.
Maintenance of your hickory flooring is fairly easy. It requires little upkeep to keep it looking new. Use a broom and wet mop spills immediately to prevent water from seeping in the crevices and causing the wooden planks to swell.
The cost of hickory flooring can be expensive, with prices starting at $3 to $4 per square foot. But factors, such as the size and thickness of the boards and whether it is solid or engineered, influence the price. The cost may be high, but it's worth it in the long run, because hickory is so durable and will last a lifetime. It can also be easily refinished to give it a newer look.
Hickory is the most sought after hardwood for flooring, because its incredible hardness makes it very desirable for active families with young children and pets.
Look online for hickory flooring vendors that offer stained and unfinished hickory in select, common, and better grades that are ideal for kitchens and other rooms in your home.
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