Hickory is a beautiful and dramatic domestic hardwood that makes for excellent flooring. However, its unique look means that it may not be for everyone – so is it right for your Austin home? Our Floor Coverings International Austin experts can help you decide.
About Hickory Flooring
For those who demand a beautiful, high-performance material for their flooring, solid hickory hardwood is sure to satisfy. The wood starts off as a pale brown with a faint grain that can disappear along the path, providing a high level of contrast and variability to the wood that lends lots of character to a room.
At 1820 on the Janka scale, hickory is one of the hardest domestic hardwoods available. Its strength and durability make it a great value, since you can trust that it will last for many years to come. If you expect to have rambunctious kids or pets running around your home, hickory is an excellent choice. It will stand up to everyday wear and tear and even resist scratches and dents.
Like some other hardwoods, hickory is prone to expansion and contraction with changes in temperature and humidity. This is a valid concern for Austin homeowners. Fortunately, you have a few options to help protect your hickory floors. You may choose to install engineered hickory planks rather than solid ones, since engineered flooring is more stable and less likely to expand and contract. You may also consider installing an HVAC system to control humidity and temperature in your home. But even if you don’t implement either of these options, you can still choose to install hickory floors – just make sure that they are installed by a professional, since they must be laid in a way that allows for natural expansion of the wood.
Call Floor Coverings International Austin today to see our full selection of hardwood flooring. We offer free consultations to homeowners in the greater Austin area.
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