An overview of hickory hardwood flooring

Introduction

There are several choices that may be opted while selecting a good flooring for your house. Hickory hardwood flooring is one of these options. Hickory comes with a hardness rating as high as 1820 which makes it one of the toughest and strongest choices to adopt as a flooring material for your house. Hickory grains are closed and tightly packed together which makes it stronger. Moreover, this tight structure makes hickory appear to be less grainy. So in case you are not a fan of grainy wooden floorings like oak, going for hickory hardwood flooring is a nice option.

It is available in a variety of different colors like creamy and white. You can also have it custom made in the color you like the most. Some other features of hickory are discussed in the paragraphs below.

Features of Hickory Hardwood Flooring

Grades:

This flooring is available in different grades. The price goes up when the grade gets higher. Lower grades are the cheapest and have several burls, defects and knots in their structure. All these flaws in the structure of lower graded flooring end up giving it quite a rustic look.

If you are confused about how to make the right grading choice while buying this type of flooring, you need to consider the overall appearance of the room. If you want something smooth, you should buy a high graded floor and if you are looking for something rough and rustic, you should probably stick with a low graded floor.

Stability:

Hickory is less stable in comparison to other types of hardwood. This is due to its properties of contracting, swelling and moving. But even then, the cool part is that you may get rid of this issue by giving the flooring some time to get itself adjusted according to the environment of the room. It is highly recommended to give it a time of at least 4 to 5 days before installation. After it is installed, you may prolong its life time by taking good care of the surface and by cleaning up any stains as well as liquid spills the moment they happen.

Finishing

It is a difficult task to sand your hickory hardwood flooring as sanding leaves marks that can be seen easily. So, the best you can do is to take a piece of smooth damp cloth and rub it over the surface of the floor to get rid of any stains and dirt.