hickory wood kitchen WaukeshaPerhaps you’re only familiar with hickory as the type of wood that we buy in little chips to toss in the grill. There’s no question that hickory imparts a delicious, smoky flavor to food – but did you know that it’s also a one-of-a-kind flooring material for your Waukesha home?

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In fact, it’s almost a shame that hickory is used for anything but floors. That might sound like an exaggeration, but the experts at Floor Coverings International Waukesha are here to give you a rundown on why hickory is one of the best hardwoods for your money.

What Exactly Is Hickory?

Hickory is a type of tree from the genus Carya, a word that comes from the Greek káryon, or “nut.” As it happens, hickory trees produce nuts that are quite similar to pecans in shape and taste (they’re also very healthy!), and there are more than 17 species of hickory in the world. Believe it or not, 12 of those species are domestic to the United States, so hickory is a great option if you’re looking for a durable material that comes without high import costs.

What Do We Use It For?

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Hickory also has a long history of use in the United States as a material for tools of all kinds. Baseball bats, boat paddles, golf club handles, wheel spokes, and even early aircraft were constructed out of hickory, because the wood is both pliant and unbelievably strong. If it’s good enough to make an aircraft out of, you can bet it’s going to stand up to the daily wear-and-tear in your home.

Major Benefits of Hickory Floors

Here’s the main thing you should remember about hickory: it’s the hardest domestic variety of wood in the United States. That’s no small claim to fame. Hickory boasts a Janka Hardness Rating of 1820, which is far above the next hardest domestic wood (Red Oak).

Here are some other reasons to love hickory:

  • Won’t warp in humid weather
  • Can be stained in a variety of shades
  • High luster will brighten any room
  • Comfortable to stand on
  • Highly resistant to scratches and dents
  • Typically less costly than exotic hardwoods

Ready To Start Your Next Project?

If you think hickory might be right for the floors in your Waukesha home, contact us today! We’re proud to serve the greater Waukesha, Brookfield, Milwaukee area, and we’d love to bring our mobile showroom straight to you. Transform your floor with hickory, or any of the other beautiful hardwoods we have to offer!

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