HICKORY WOOD FLOORS
If you’re looking for versatility from your hardwood, a Hickory wood floor is a great option. Because natural Hickory wood is a creamy white colour, it lends itself to stains in a large variety of colours. Hickory boasts contrasting colour tones that come through from the lighter blonde sapwood and darker brown heartwood to create a very interesting pattern from board to board. While many enjoy this natural character of Hickory wood floors, some clients prefer to choose a premium grade for less variation, or use a stain to create a more consistent colour tone. The grain lines of Hickory are closer together, so if you like the look of a grainy wood that is subtler than Oak or Ash, Hickory hardwood flooring is for you.
Hickory is actually related to the Pecan tree, and once they’re cut it is difficult to tell them apart. Hickory hardwood flooring is tough and handsome, with fantastic shock absorption, a tensile strength that rivals steel, and a presence cherished by woodworkers and cabinetmakers. There are woods that are stronger and harder than hickory, but its combination of strength, toughness, hardness, and stiffness is not found in any other commercial wood. Additionally, Hickory has a tendency to take on moisture more quickly than other hardwoods and therefore should not be acclimatized but instead installed immediately on delivery.
Hickory Hardwood Hardness Rating
Hickory wood has a Janka hardness rating of 1820. It is harder than most other domestic hardwoods including Zebra Wood, Cherry, White Oak and Ash, but softer than exotic hardwood species such as Brazilian Cherry (Jatoba), Cumaru (Brazilian Teak) and Brazilian Walnut (Ipê).
Hickory Wood Countries of Origin
There are less than two dozen species of Hickory trees, the majority of which are native to the United States in the New England area as well as Kentucky. Five or six are native to Asia and found in countries like China and India, while a handful are found in Mexico as well as Canada in southern Ontario. The trees like moist climates but usually grow on sloping and relatively dry ground. Hickory trees can grow up to 37m or 121ft in height, and 1.2m or 4ft in diameter.
Hickory Hardwood Flooring in Calgary
Metro Hardwood Floors carries Hickory hardwood products in a variety of colours, textures (such as hand-scraped Hickory) and in either solid or engineered construction. Have a glance at our exclusive online gallery to see our large selection, and then stop into our showroom to see your favourite Hickory hardwood floors up close.