A native hardwood species of North America, hickory has a distinctive look that can complement your home perfectly. Hardwood is the ultimate choice of many Canadian households when they are looking for a long-term investment that will last for generations. Choosing the species of hardwood must be done after much deliberation so that you won’t have buyer’s remorse.
There’s recently been a growing popularity of hickory flooring. Your friends at Amazon Hardwood Center have outlined the reasons behind this growth.
Advantages of Hickory Flooring
- Highly Durable
Hickory is one of the hardest wood species found in North America. It does not dent, scratch, or split easily. According to the Janka hardness scale, it is among the hardest domestic species at 1820 rating. Maple, pine and oak are among the most popular domestic hardwood choices but when durability is the priority, hickory is the clear winner. Hickory is an ideal choice for high traffic areas, such as the kitchen and the living room.
- Unique Grain Patterns
Hickory has a particularly striking grain pattern that sets it apart from other available hardwood flooring options. The grains on a hickory floorboard are a distinctive combination of red, brown and tan hues. The texture has a rustic element in it which imparts the room with a feel of a country house or an estate. Many homeowners who want a period-specific decor choose hickory for its slight antique look which is the result of the distinct mineral streaks and knots. Despite the antique look of this option, they complement modern home beautifully too.
- Comparatively Affordable
The price of hardwood flooring largely depends on several factors:
- The hardness and rarity of the species- which is why exotics are among the most expensive hardwood you will find.
- Import taxes- many species of hardwood are imported, and the price rises due to the import costs and taxes.
Hickory, on the other hand, is extremely durable but the price is much lower because it is a native species.
- The price of hickory primarily rests on the grade of the wood. The price will rise depending on the superiority of the wood.
- A standard superior quality hickory hardwood floorboard it characterized by a more polished, refined and smooth surface.
- Significantly Resistant to Humidity
Compared to other hardwood flooring options, hickory is more resistant to hostile climatic conditions like fluctuating humidity. Hardwood is prone to warping when it is exposed to excessive moisture and tends to expand and contract with the fluctuating humidity. Hickory is a much more stable species in comparison to popular hardwood flooring choices like maple and red oak. Taking proper precautions and maintaining it well will ensure that it does not warp easily in humid climates.
- Stains Well
Many Canadian homeowners prefer to stain the hardwood flooring to a shade of their choice rather than using its natural colour. While hickory has a beautiful colour, staining it creates some remarkable results too. It is, in fact, one of the easiest hardwoods to stain while it is being installed. Like other hardwoods, hickory flooring must also be sealed every few years. How frequently you seal the flooring depends on various factors like foot traffic, and the type of the sealant.
- Available in Various Colours
Hickory offers a wide variety of colour tones in its natural state as well. It is noted for its vibrant auburn colour and orange hues. There are copper and cinnamon tones as well which are the most popular choices among buyers. There are lighter varieties like caramel, gold and beige which are very suitable for brightening up a dark room. The unique grain patterns and the wide variety of mineral streaks and knots in hickory hardwood flooring create a complementing base that works with a wide variety of interior decor.
- Versatile Texture and Style
Hickory is versatile when it comes to styling its floorboards. The width of the planks, quality and appearance of the flooring largely depends on the grade of the wood you have chosen. There are varieties of finishes possible with hickory hardwood flooring. You can choose from hand scrapped, wire brushed, distressed, heavy or subtle scraped. Edge styling options like bevelled, micro bevelled, scraped bevelled and pillowed are also possible on hickory.
- Brightens the Room
Hickory is a comparatively light coloured hardwood flooring option. If the colour scheme of the room is dark or if it is not well lit, opting for a lighter flooring option like hickory will make it appear brighter.
- Native Species
Hickory is cultivated in abundance in North America and is a native breed of hardwood. Investing in hickory flooring will help the local industries directly and indirectly associated with the hardwood business and help them to grow. Not only that, it is comparatively affordable than imported hardwood despite being at par with many of these imported species in terms of the quality and aesthetic.
Is Hickory Flooring Right for Your Home?
Choose a wood species that will meet all these criteria satisfactorily and look beautiful. Unless you have a major inclination towards a really dark variant of hardwood, hickory is an all-around solution.
Also, there are several important factors that you must consider in general before finalizing any hardwood species.
- installation time and difficulty
- ease of maintenance
Check out our previous blog discussing these factors in details to get a better idea.
Hickory is gaining a major popularity much because of its value for money features. Available in various forms like natural hardwood, engineered hardwood, and laminate flooring style, hickory hardwood flooring is a wise investment for any home. To get an idea about the different variants of hickory you can find, you can always check with us at Amazon Hardwood Center and we will provide you with the right advice.