Hickory flooring is affordable, attractive, and especially long lasting. Though it’s not as well known as oak or pine, the brightness and extraordinary durability of hickory make it an excellent option for Pittsburgh homeowners. In the Pittsburgh, Mt. Lebanon, Wexford, Cranberry, Mars area, trust the Floor Coverings International Greater Pittsburgh experts to help you find the right hardwood floors for your home.
What You Should Know About Hickory
Hickory wood is prized for its durability, with a rating of 1820 on the Janka Hardness Scale. Being particularly stiff and shock resistant, hickory has historically been a favorite material for wheel spokes, drumsticks, baseball bats, and boat paddles. Even early airplanes were made of hickory! There are also 12 species of hickory that are native to the United States, so it’s a great choice for someone who’s looking for a domestic product.
Benefits of Hickory Flooring
For floors, hickory’s rigidity and density make it an affordable alternative to more expensive imported hardwoods. And because it’s so durable, hickory will effectively resist the scratches, scrapes, and dents that homeowners dread. Hickory also fares well in all kinds of climates, and isn’t as susceptible to warping as other common hardwoods like red oak.
From a design perspective, hickory is known for bringing a brighter tone into rooms that use a darker, more subdued color scheme. With the right finish, hickory’s luster comes alive as a pleasant, comfortable glow.
Drawbacks of Hickory Flooring
Unfortunately, the same thing that makes hickory so appealing – its rigidity and toughness – also makes it trickier to install (that’s where we come in). Though people trying to install their own floors will typically avoid it, the Floor Coverings International Greater Pittsburgh team can install hickory flooring with ease.
Ready to See For Yourself?
If you’re interested in seeing what a hickory floor would look like in your space, contact us today to schedule a visit from our mobile showroom. No matter what your design goals are, Floor Coverings International Greater Pittsburgh has an impressive selection of hardwood styles, designs, and colors to choose from. Our design experts will be there to help you, from the first time you see what hickory looks like, to the day you’re standing on your new hardwood floor.
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