Hickory is perfect for Downers Grove homeowners who want their hardwood floors to be a focal point. Hickory floors have a winning combination of lasting durability and eye-catching appearance, but they are not for the faint of heart. Fortunately, the Floor Coverings International Downers Grove team has some advice to share for those considering hickory hardwoods:
About Hickory Flooring
Hickory hardwood has the kind of look that homeowners either love or hate. When compared to other common wood species, hickory has a highly varied and inconsistent color and grain. A single plank could range from pale beige to golden brown, with dark brown streaks throughout. This results in an attention-grabbing wood floor that seems to have a pattern of its own. Though not ideal for those wanting a neutral hardwood, hickory can really add warmth and character to a space.
Hickory is one of the toughest species of domestic hardwood available. With an 1820 ranking on the Janka hardness scale, hickory is considerably tougher than maple or oak. Though this makes the wood resistant to dings and scratches, it also means that it is very rigid. If you plan to install hickory floors in a space with high humidity or dramatic changes in temperature, you may want to go with an engineered version so as to minimize expansion of the wood.
Hickory hardwood flooring can range in price, but tends to remain on the same field as popular choices like maple and oak. However, our experts advise homeowners to consider the resale value of hickory floors before choosing to install them. Hardwood floors are generally a good investment for a home, but keep in mind that some future homebuyers may not like the unique look of hickory.
Before deciding if hickory is right for your Downers Grove home, be sure to schedule a free consultation with Floor Coverings International Downers Grove! We can show you hickory samples, provide you with a project estimate, and answer all your questions.
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