Hickory Flooring Overview

If you’re looking to create a rustic look, Hickory Hardwood Flooring offered by Empire® is a favorite for many homeowners. Its thick, contrasting grain lends itself to a more primitive farmhouse look and creates a warm and inviting atmosphere. Plus, Hickory Flooring is one of the strongest domestic Flooring options available, making it a good choice for active homes. Ask your Sales Representative about other Hickory Hardwood considerations during your appointment.

Hickory Flooring Considerations

Hickory Hardwood Flooring is among the sturdiest Hardwood choices and is characterized by contrasting a heavier grain pattern that is less linear than other wood species. Contrasting color tones come from the lighter blonde and darker brown hues to create a visually striking pattern that lends itself to a more rustic visual. Hickory Hardwood Flooring has a rating of 1820 on the Janka Hardness Scale.

Janka Scale

Species Janka Hardness (pounds-force)
Oak 1290
Maple 1450
Hickory 1820
Cherry 995
Exotic Wood 2350
Bamboo & Cork 2700 to 2900

The Janka Hardness Scale is measurement of how various types of woods resist denting and wear. The test assesses the force necessary to embed a .444-inch steel ball into wood to half of the ball’s diameter. It is a flooring industry standard for evaluating how well various wood species can tolerate denting and normal wear.

USDA Janka Hardness Scale

You can choose Hickory Hardwood Flooring in either Solid or Engineered construction. Your Sales Representative will help you determine which Flooring is right for your home.

  • Solid Hardwood: This type of plank is a solid piece of wood created from one piece of 100% solid wood. The planks are pre-finished, meaning a protective finish is applied to the top of the plank at the factory. This cured finish helps shield the Hickory wood from abrasions and stains.
  • Engineered Hardwood: Engineered Hardwood Flooring is constructed with multiple layers of wood permanently bonded together. This Flooring features a top finish layer, real wood layer, core and base layer. The wood layer is made from real Hickory wood and offers the same look as Solid Hardwood Flooring. The core of Engineered Hickory Flooring is made with cross-dimensional layers of wood or a fiber substrate, providing more dimensional stability. The base layer has a patented locking system that creates joint integrity and allows for installation on any level of your home.

Hickory Hardwood Flooring has a distinctive look. These are some options that factor into the overall look of your Hickory floor:

  • Plank Width: Hickory Flooring lends itself to a more rustic look and looks great in wider planks. We offer boards 4” and 5” in width.
  • Hand Scraped: Hand Scraped Hickory Flooring is created using a finishing technique that makes the planks look older than they actually are. The result is a textured surface that looks naturally worn. If you are looking for rustic charm, you might prefer this type of surface distressing.
  • Smooth Finish: Smooth finishes are available in many gloss levels and have a traditional appearance that is cleaner in look and style.
  • Beveled Edges: Our Hickory Flooring planks have a beveled edge. There is an eased v-groove on two or all four sides of a plank, which evokes an informal appearance.

There are several benefits of having an underlayment installed beneath your Hickory Engineered Flooring. It can help smooth out minor subfloor imperfections while quieting impact sound and floor-to-ceiling noise. Not only does the underlayment dampen sound, it is environmentally friendly and manages acceptable levels of moisture. Underlayment can be used under Engineered Hardwood Flooring and may be installed over concrete or wood subfloors.

Floor Care & Maintenance Tips

  • Use felt pads to help protect your Hickory Flooring from furniture wear.
  • Repair minor damage using color fill or color sealant.
  • Rearrange furniture and rugs to ensure even exposure to sunlight and to maintain consistent color across your Hickory Flooring.
  • Place protective mats at doorways to help keep dirt and moisture off your floor.
  • Use a hard-surface rug underlayment to help reduce slips.

For more tips, visit our Hardwood Flooring & Product Care area.

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