Hickory hardwood floor in luxury living room

Homeowners in the greater Houston Heights area love hardwood flooring for its durability and beautiful design, and it’s no surprise it’s one of the most popular flooring choices today. With the variety of hardwood species available, you’re able to find the perfect combination of strength, grain pattern, and wood tone for your design tastes and lifestyle’s needs.

At Floor Coverings International Houston Heights, we love the versatility of hardwood flooring, and one of the most versatile species available is Hickory thanks to its neutral wood tones and above-average strength. Learn more about what this great hardwood can offer your Houston Heights home.

A Bit About Hickory

Hickory refers to a variety of 19 tree species found growing native to North American and parts of Asia. There are 12 species found in the United States, including locally here in Texas, making it a great choice for homeowners looking to buy domestic hardwoods. Its wood grain is straight and light in color and comes in a variety of standard and wide plank widths.

How Hard is Hickory?

In the flooring industry, we use the Janka scale to rate the strength and density of woods, which is measured by the amount of force required to embed a steel ball into a piece of wood. Two of the most common types of hardwood, red and white oak, have a rating of 1,290 and 1,360 pounds of force (lbf), which makes them quite durable choice for most home applications. Hickory, on the other hand, rates in at an impressive 1,820lbf, which makes it one of the strongest domestic hardwoods available. Because it’s so hard, it’s been used for centuries for tools, furniture, golf clubs, and of course, flooring!

Additional Benefits

Aside from its strength, hickory as several great benefits to offer:

  • It has light, even wood grain that looks beautiful naturally and can be stained to achieve a variety of colors.
  • Hickory also provides higher scratch resistance compared to other hardwood materials.
  • It’s a great choice for homes with pets, children, and areas with heavy foot traffic.
  • Hickory is less expensive than harder, more exotic wood varieties, and provides great value for the money.

Your Trusted Flooring Company

At Floor Coverings International Houston Heights, we’re dedicated to helping you find the perfect flooring for your needs. If you think hickory hardwood is right for you, give us a call at 832-305-5204 today and schedule your free, in-home consultation. Our knowledgeable Design Associate will bring our great selection of hardwood and more right to your door!

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