When you think of timeless floor coverings, hardwood flooring undoubtedly comes to mind. Many types of flooring go in and out of style, but few have remained as consistently popular as hardwoods, even over centuries! It’s not too hard to understand (no pun intended!) why this is though, when you think of the beauty, durability, and longevity that characterize hardwood floors. If you want to instantly spruce up a room and add style and resale value to your home, installing a hardwood floor from Floor Coverings International of Hillsborough, NJ is one of the clearest ways to do so. But there are so many varieties and species of hardwood flooring to choose from! That’s why in this post we take an in depth look at just one of the many species of hardwood flooring available from Floor Coverings International: Hickory wood floors.

Appearance of Hickory Hardwood Floors

Hickory hardwood floors are characterized by their bold and unique variations in color and pattern due to unusual graining. The colors of hickory flooring can range anywhere from creamy whites and beiges to richer, dark browns in the rustic grades. The springwood and summerwood feature strong differences in colors that are enhanced by the bold graining that is characteristic of hickory, so many hickory planks are cut wider than other hardwood species. This is because thinner planks tend to make a floor look too busy with all the color variation. Hickory is often used with pecan wood, which has a similarly rustic look.

Hardness and Durability of Hickory Hardwood Flooring

Hickory is one of the hardest domestic woods on the market, with only the hardest exotic species ranking higher than it. This means that it will be incredibly durable and hold up excellently in high traffic areas. Hickory has a Janka rating of 1820. The Janka scale measures the hardness of hardwoods by seeing how well they stand up to impact and denting. The yardstick against which most Janka scores are measured is that of red oak, the most popular hardwood flooring species, which has a Janka score of 1290. This means that hickory is 41% harder than the norm!

Cost of Hickory Hardwood Flooring

Hickory’s price will fluctuate depending on the grade of the flooring, but it will generally be comparable to other common domestic hardwoods such as oak. Hickory’s cost can range between $3.00 and $9.00 per square foot, but when you realize the amount of value you are adding to your home by installing a hickory hardwood floor, it’s clear that this is a very cost-effective floor coverings option.

To learn more about hickory hardwood flooring or any of our other hardwood species, contact Floor Coverings International of Hillsborough today!