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Hickory Flooring - Information & Gallery

Hickory Flooring

Hickory hardwood flooring is one of our favorite offerings! Since Hickory is the densest North American flooring option, it makes for a family friendly wood floor, depending of course, on the color you choose.

Hickory Flooring Pros and Cons

Hickory is the hardest North American flooring option, having a Janka hardness factor of 1820. The hardness of Hickory makes it a great option for busy households By ordering a Hickory wood floor with a distressed finish, you will save yourself hours of cleaning. In addition to the hardness of Hickory, the wood is very popular for its grain pattern. Hickory has a mild grain, which more visible than Maple, but not as intense as Oak. For some customers, the grain of Hickory strikes a balance.

Hickory Flooring Grades

Our Hickory floors come in prime and country grade. In addition, we offer Hickory in our 3/4" thick engineered. Hickory engineered is one of our most popular options.

Hickory Flooring Durability

Since Hickory wood is so durable, it is one of our pet and family friendly floors. Keep in mind; to have a true pet and family friendly hardwood floor, you will want to go with a lighter stain with a lower gloss finish, better yet, a distressed finish.

Hickory Hardwood Flooring Details

The heartwood of hickory hardwood flooring is reddish brown in color with dark brown stripes, while the sapwood tends toward a creamy white with pinkish tones and fine brown line.  Hickory accounts for less than 4% of the North American hardwood production so is not often seen in hardwood flooring but more often in tools requiring a very dense wood such as axe and hammer handles.

Hickory has a unique graining pattern, a little less prominent than that of ash or oak. The sapwood is a light golden colour and the heartwood is a dark brown. It has a very similar colour to ash. Hickory is the hardest North American species and an excellent option for consumers concerned with hardness.

Janka Hardness: 1820

According to the U.S. Forestry Service pamphlet on Important Trees of Eastern Forests, “there are some woods that are stronger than hickory and some that are harder, but the combination of strength, toughness, hardness, and stiffness found in hickory wood is not found in any other commercial wood.”