Luxury kitchen with hickory flooring

If you’re considering having new hardwood floors installed in your Woodbridge home, you probably love the classic design and durability they provide. When it comes to picking the best wood species for your home, important factors in the decision-making process include a wood’s color, grain pattern, strength, and affordability. Floor Coverings International Woodbridge is here to introduce you to hickory hardwood and discuss why it’s a great choice for hardwood flooring.

What Is Hickory?

The name “hickory” describes almost 20 different tree species worldwide with 12 of them found growing native to the United States. If you’re looking to buy local, hickory is a great domestic hardwood species that outperforms many other domestic species in both strength and durability. On the Janka hardness scale, which measures a wood’s resistance to dents, hickory comes in at a rating of 1,820lbf, making it stronger than several popular wood varieties that include red oak, white oak, and even maple!

In terms of its looks, hickory has a light tan to medium brown wood color with a less defined grain pattern, making it a great candidate for a variety of stains and finishes. Many homeowners love its natural tones and prefer to have it finished with a simple satin or matte finish to let the wood speak for itself. It’s a great choice to help brighten up your home and its neutral tones pair well with a range of interior paint colors and furnishings.

Benefits of Hickory Flooring

Along with its strength, hickory also boasts superior scratch resistance and often requires less sanding and refinishing throughout its lifetime. This makes it a great choice for homes with pets and children, as well as anywhere in your home that gets a lot of traffic, such as hallways, stairs, and kitchens.

Compared to other hardwoods that rank high on the Janka scale, which are mostly comprised of exotic hardwoods, such as Brazilian cherry and mahogany, hickory is a much more affordable option, so you can be sure to have long-lasting floors that won’t break the bank.

Learn More

At Floor Coverings International Woodbridge, we provide homeowners and businesses with a wide selection of flooring products, expert advice, and professional installation in the greater Woodbridge, Manassas, Dale City, Lake Ridge, and surrounding areas. If you want to explore the possibility of having beautiful hickory hardwoods installed in your home, call us today to schedule your free in-home design consultation. Get started on your next flooring project today!

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