Hardwood flooring is a great choice for Olathe homes because it looks great, it’s easy to care for, and it can stand up to years of wear. But it’s important to remember that not all hardwoods are the same! The type of hardwood you choose can have a huge impact on the appearance and functionality of your space—and some hardwoods are much better suited to people whose homes get a lot of traffic.
The hardwood experts at Floor Coverings International KC South know that there’s no one hardwood that’s perfect for everyone, so we want you to know about all of your options. That’s why we’re here today to feature one of our very favorite domestic hardwood species: hickory. Read on to learn about the advantages of using hickory hardwood and to find out if it’s right for your family and lifestyle.
All About Hickory Hardwood
Part of the genus Carya, there are between 17 and 19 species of hickory in the world. Believe it or not, 12 of those species are native to the United States, which means that hickory is one of the most abundant “domestic” hardwoods you can find.
Even though it might not be as well known as hardwoods like red oak or maple, hickory is actually stronger than both, with a Janka hardness rating of 1820. Historically, hickory has been used for food (its nuts look and taste like pecans), wood fires (it burns hot and slow, making it perfect for stoves and barbeques), architecture, sporting equipment, tools, and even some early aircraft!
Why Choose Hickory Hardwood?
Hickory hardwood has a number of substantial benefits:
- Unique grain pattern adds a distinctive look to any room
- Hickory’s light color brightens up rooms with low light or dark features
- Hickory’s density give it heightened resistance to scrapes, scratches, and dents—perfect for homes with pets, kids, high-traffic, or heavy furniture, without the added expense of exotic hardwood species
Start Your Next Olathe Flooring Project
If you’re ready to start a new hardwood flooring project, get in touch with the team at Floor Coverings International KC South! Schedule a free consultation with our mobile showroom in the convenience of your Olathe home. We proudly serve Overland Park, Olathe, Leawood and surrounding areas, so contact us to start your next project today!