Hickory hardwood flooring is an outstanding flooring option for homeowners in the Intown Atlanta, Buckhead, and Midtown areas. Hickory is one of the hardest species of trees found in North America, making it an incredibly popular choice for flooring. Our flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Intown Atlanta give a quick look at the basics of hickory floors.

Hickory hardwood floors


Hickory is a type of tree grown predominantly in North and Central America but is also found in parts of Asia. The two most common commercial species or groupings of hickory are pecan hickory and shagbark hickory.

The pecan tree grows to be 60 to 120 feet high and is native to south central North America (and yes – it grows pecans). The shagbark hickory tree is native to mostly the eastern United States and Canada. Shagbark hickory trees are slower to grow and thus have tighter rings. The tight rings tend to look a little better and also create a more stable product. Shagbark true hickory is one of the hardest and densest wood species in the world, making it an amazingly durable choice for flooring.


In fact, hickory hardwood flooring is so durable, it’s used for tool handles, hockey sticks, golf clubs, drumsticks, wood burning stoves, and many more items noted for their strength. Hickory flooring’s ranking of 1820 on the Janka hardness scale means that it’s one of the hardest and toughest types of hardwood used in residential flooring. Hickory hardwood is perfect for homes with active families because its stiff composition will hold up brilliantly to rowdy children and pets.


Hickory hardwood floors can look beautiful in any home. However, hickory is especially popular for homeowners with vintage and antique tastes because hickory planks do not have a uniform look. Instead, each grain of hickory hardwood is filled with its own unique character. This is perfect for homeowners who seek rustic hardwood, distressed hardwood, or hand scraped hardwood floors. Hickory hardwood color ranges from dark brown to almost white.


Hickory hardwood flooring is very difficult to cut, sand, and install due to its dense composition. That’s why our flooring experts at Floor Coverings International Intown Atlanta are on hand to help you out. Just give us a call at the number below to schedule your free in-home consultation.


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