Hickory flooring from Floor Coverings International Dakota County is an investment in your home that will remain for generations to come. Not only is hickory a beautiful variety of hardwood, it’s also one of the longest lasting hardwood options for your Burnsville, Apple Valley, Eagan, & St. Paul area home.
What is Hickory Hardwood?
Hickory hardwood is among the hardest of hardwoods, and that’s not just a tongue twister. This flooring option is best known for its incredible firmness, which makes it super durable and shock resistant. The impressive density of this hardwood also makes it fairly resistant to dents and scratches. Hickory hardwood floors are tailor-made to withstand wear and tear in your Eagan home.
Color-wise, hickory hardwood is on the lighter side, with varieties ranging from off-white, to chocolate, to purple-streaked cream. Hickory gains a lot of character from rustic knots and other charming irregularities. This hardwood is an attractive choice without the higher price tag of a rare, exotic hardwood.
The Benefits of Hickory Hardwood
For the practically minded homeowner, longevity is the central advantage of hickory hardwood. It will last through generations of normal wear and tear in your private residence, while standing up to heavy objects, and resisting the shock of hard blows.
From a design perspective, hickory hardwood flooring has many added benefits. Unstained hickory hardwood is usually light in color, which makes it a popular choice for visually enlarging a smaller or darker room. Natural hickory is among the warmest design choices when it comes to solid hardwood flooring.
Those who are looking for a richer hued hardwood color should still consider hickory because this wood takes stains extremely well. It’s actually among the easier hardwoods to add a stain while you’re installing it, giving the homeowner more control over the look of their hardwood floors.
One Hickory Hardwood Challenge
The main downside to hickory wood flooring is difficulty of installation. Hickory is valued for its hardness, and it is popular because of its lighter color, but these positive attributes can also make for a tricky installation process. Dense hickory is tough to cut on the job, making for onsite difficulties when inevitable measurement and fit issues arise. Additionally, the lighter color of the wood is not very forgiving to imperfect craftsmanship.
Hickory hardwood installation is not a project for hobbyists. You’ll need to call a local expert from Floor Coverings International Dakota County! Contact us today to compare options, and learn more about hickory hardwood or another flooring fit for your Burnsville, Apple Valley, Eagan, & St. Paul area home. We offer free, in-home design consultations and free estimates. Give us a call today. We can’t wait to work with you!
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