When it comes to adding warmth and elegance to a room, nothing beats the beauty of a hickory wood floor. Hickory wood is textured with visible growth rings, which will give a distinguished look to any room. This species also has pronounced knots that accentuate its natural character.
Hickory wood comes from several countries including the United States, Canada, China, India and Mexico. In addition, there are several species of hickory, including the pecan tree, grown for its wood as well as its delicious pecans.
Hickory engineered hardwood floors are essentially composed of a layer of hickory wood ranging from 1/16 “1/4” with a high-quality plywood core or a high density fiber panel (HDF). These floors are often manufactured for easy installation with a click or with the tongue and groove. On the other hand, the double-gluing installation requires more in-depth expertise and often the help of a professional. You can choose to install them floating on your subfloor as well as glued or nailed.
Hickory engineered floors exist in a wide variety of colors, as hickory’s aubier is white and creamy in color and can be easily colored.
Hickory wood has a closed grain, with a medium definition and a somewhat rough texture. If you like the look of grainy wood, but not as grainy as oak wood, hickory flooring is for you.
It is true that hickory’s engineered floor is characterized by a distinctive variety of brown and light tones that combine with complex grain patterns to create unique and simply incredible contrasts.
The dense grain gives the hickory its charming character and its color varies enormously from golden brown to full-bodied brown.
Hickory is a very dense, rigid, hard and shock-resistant wood. This combination of strength and durability is not found in any other domestic hardwood. This wood is also reputed to be the hardest of all North American woods.
However, the hickory engineered floor is not as stable as some other wood, but it is very resistant.
Because of its extreme sensitivity the hickory engineered floor tends to absorb moisture faster than other wood species and therefore needs to be installed upon delivery, no need to acclimatize it long to its environment. However, it is always best to acclimatize all types of floors before installation, at least 72 hours in the house, before laying the floor.
If you choose hickory engineered flooring, it’s best to consult a qualified installer with years of experience to guide you in installing this beautiful open grain floor.