The time has come to replace the old wood floors in your home, and here at Floor Coverings International Milwaukee South it can be tough to decide which type of hardwood is best. If you live in a busy household, want to increase the value of your home, or love the look of rustic, well-marked wood, hickory might be right for you. Let’s take a look at the benefits that can come with hickory, as well as some of the qualities to consider.

Hickory Hardwood in FranklinPro: Hickory Is Light and Bright

Hickory is naturally variegated, with interesting grain and alternating light and dark patterns. Its overall hue is a lighter golden, which shows up especially well in dark rooms that need brightening. If you have a neutral color scheme in your home, it may look a little subdued and we suggest adding bright accents to your space.

Pro: Hickory Is Good in Humidity

Humidity can be tough on wood, and many varieties warp when exposed to moisture. This can buckle your floor, cause bubbles, or result in uneven transitions that could be potentially dangerous. Hickory, however, is relatively resistant to absorption even where other hardwoods are not, making it suitable for temperate climates or areas in your home with more humidity such as the kitchen or utility rooms.

Con: Hickory Can Be Hard to Install

Unlike softer woods, hickory can prove difficult to cut and install. It is a very dense wood, which means some parts of it resist cutting unless you have high-caliber professional tools. In other words, it is not a DIY material and we recommend hiring a team to get the job done for you.

Pro: Hickory Takes Stain Well

Hickory takes stain quite well, so if you are drawn to the other qualities but want a more traditional color, ask us about the variety of stain colors we offer. Just as with installing hickory, it’s best to trust a team of professionals to make sure the finished product is uniform to maintain the value of the floors.

Pro: Hickory Hardwood Is Extremely Long Lasting

While hickory’s hardheadedness can make it tough to install, that same quality means you won’t have to redo your floors for decades. It has a Janka hardness rating of 1820, so you can expect it to resist scratches, dents, and general wear and tear from household life. If you want a floor that will last for decades to come, choose hickory.

Con: Hickory Is on the More Expensive Side

While it’s not the most expensive hardwood, hickory is also not the cheapest. However, that’s because it provides excellent value and is beautiful. Depending on the grade, installation labor, and optional stain, the cost of hickory can change. Talk to us about the different prices at a free design consultation.

If you have further questions about hickory or the other styles we can provide, give us a call! Our mobile showroom can bring hundreds of styles right to your door to guide your hardwood selection. Get started today!


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