Hickory hardwood flooring can provide homeowners in the St. Louis, MO area with a breathtaking conversation piece in their homes. Hickory hardwood is known for being the perfect combination of beauty and durability. Our experts at Floor Coverings International Arch City dig a little deeper into the characteristics of hickory hardwood floors.
What Is Hickory Hardwood?
Hickory hardwood comes from the hickory tree, grown mostly in North America and Asia. The hickory tree is broken up into two main classifications, pecan hickory and true hickory.
Pecan hickory is mostly found in south central North America, including parts of Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and even Mexico. Pecan hickory is perhaps most notable for producing the pecan nut.
True hickory is grown in the eastern United States and Canada. It has very slow growth and tighter rings, making it not only stronger than pecan hickory, but also the strongest wood of any of the North American hardwood species.
As the strongest and densest hardwood in North America, hickory is an amazing choice for commercial and residential hardwood flooring. Hickory hardwood has an extremely high rating (1820) on the Janka hardness scale and is so strong that it’s used for a number of high-strength sports equipment. Hockey sticks, golf clubs, and some baseball bats are made of hickory. Because of this strength, hickory hardwood floors are perfect for rooms with frequent traffic from children and pets.
It’s not just substance – hickory hardwood also has the style to match. The striking nature of hickory hardwood planks make them ideal fits in homes with a rustic or shabby chic theme. Hickory hardwood spans the entire wood color spectrum, as it comes in everything from dark brown to almost white.
Due to its extremely dense composition, hickory hardwood is highly difficult to install. That’s why we recommend that you allow our experts at Floor Coverings International Arch City to give you a helping hand. Just give us a call at the number below for a free in-home estimate and design consultation.
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