Hickory is perfect for homeowners looking for a unique and bold hardwood option. The color and grain profile of natural hickory is distinctive and will surely command the attention of any room. While it is a beautiful hardwood species, it isn’t for everyone. Your local experts at Floor Coverings International East Lake can tell you all about putting hickory in your home, but let’s go through some of its characteristics first.
Hickory is known for its color variation with hues ranging from almost white to dark brown with rusty red accents. You will often see a mix of these hues along with irregular knotting and streaks. These prominent marks are normally the darkest part of the wood, and stand out against the lighter colors. The best way to showcase and appreciate the charm of hickory is to install it in wider planks.
It is not likely to have two identical boards of hickory. For different homeowners, this can be either a positive or negative quality. While it adds a unique personality, the irregularity can be hard to complement with other colors or fixtures. There are more uniform hickory boards available, but you will pay more for it. If you like the natural look of knots and streaks, hickory is a great choice and will last you a lifetime. However, if increasing the value of your home before reselling is your goal, be aware that this bold character doesn’t appeal to every potential buyer.
Hickory is an especially hard domestic wood species. With a Janka score of 1820, you can trust that hickory floors will resist all kinds of dings and scratches. For homes with young children or pets, hickory is a great choice since you can be sure that toy wheels, knocked over objects, or uncut nails won’t be damaging your floors. Furthermore, if your floors do acquire any superficial damage through the years, the irregular profile will make these new marks look like a part of the natural variation.
While hickory is an exceptionally hard species of wood, it does not up to moisture well. It is a less stable wood and can contract or expand with temperature changes and become warped easily. The danger of moisture warping is that this damage cannot be refinished or repaired in the way that stains, scratches, or dents on the surface can. If you live in a particularly humid home, consider engineered hickory that will give you the surface layer of true hickory with a more stable, moisture-resistant base.
Hickory hardwood is a very durable and beautiful wood that would look great in many Tarpon Springs homes. It may not be the most timeless hardwood, but it has a characteristically unique and authentic look that can’t be found in other species. If you are interested in installing hickory in your home, contact Floor Coverings International East Lake to get the project started! We offer free in-home consultations and proudly serve the Clearwater, East Lake, New Port Richey, Oldsmar, Palm Harbor, Port Richey, Safety Harbor, Tarpon Springs and Trinity areas.
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