How to Make the Right Hickory Choice

When it comes to choosing wood for a hardwood floor, it comes down to what you want out of your hardwood floor.

Wood flooring has lots of advantages. Let's start with the fact that hardwood floors look great and add a warmth to a home that only quality wood can provide. Hardwood flooring also has a "softness" to it that is hard to describe unless you actually walk on the floor and experience the feel for yourself. Hardwood flooring is also easy to clean and hypoallergenic. That's a perfect combination for family homes filled with children and pets.

The preference for hardwood floors in homes is so great that having hardwood flooring increases the value of a home.

Choosing any hardwood product requires some thought and knowledge about the product and what you want from the product.

Hickory can be a great choice for a hardwood product, especially a hardwood floor. Hickory is a very hard and durable wood. For a hardwood, it is extremely versatile. Hickory comes in around 20 species. The Janka Hardness Scale ranks hardwood. The higher the ranking, the more resistant the wood is to things like scratches and scrapes. Hickory flooring has a Janka rating of 1820. The hardness and density of hickory flooring makes it a great choice for a wood floor that is going to see lots of foot traffic.

Hickory flooring is available in a variety of grades. This helps open up options when choosing hardwood flooring for a home. Higher grades have less knots and blemishes in the floorboards. Hickory hardwood also tends to be a lighter color which can add a warmth and brightness to a room. Hickory in wide widths shows the beautiful grain of the wood.

Check with a licensed hardwood flooring dealer to discuss the different options with hickory hardwood.


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