luxury living room with hickory floors

Here in Lexington, KY, more and more homeowners are turning to hardwood floors for their strength and classic design. Hickory is one of the domestic hardwoods quickly gaining in popularity among those looking for extra durability as well as those who like to buy locally-sourced products.

Your hardwood experts at Floor Coverings International Lexington are dedicated to helping home and business owners in the greater Lexington, Georgetown, Richmond area find the perfect floors for their needs and here, our team shares more about hickory hardwood and the great benefits it has to offer.

About Hickory

golf club with hickory stick

Hickory represents roughly 20 different tree species found growing throughout the world, including 12 species found growing throughout the southeastern United States. It’s a naturally dense hardwood that has been used to make baseball bats, golf club sticks, tool handles, cabinets, and furniture.

Fun fact: Certain species of hickory produce and are cultivated for the pecan nut.


While there are hardwoods that are harder than hickory, including mahogany and Brazilian cherry, it’s hard to find the combination of strength, density, and hardness that hickory provides. This makes it an ideal hardwood choice for busy homes with children and pets, as well as shops and retail stores looking for a natural hardwood that can withstand heavy foot traffic. Its hardness also makes it less likely to scratch and dent than softer varieties of wood, such as oak or walnut.

Other Considerations

  • Hickory’s significant hardness can make it more challenging to install and is not recommended for DIY flooring projects.
  • There are different grades of hickory and not all hickory is intended for flooring. The different grades will have variation in the straightness of the wood grain and frequency of knots in the wood.
  • The cost associated with the different wood grades will also vary, so it’s important to work with knowledgeable professionals like Floor Coverings International with strong purchasing power with top manufacturers to find the best product for your needs and the best price.

Learn More

Get in touch with Floor Coverings International Lexington today to learn more about having hickory hardwoods installed in your home. Schedule your free, in-home design consultation and see a variety of samples right in your home to find the best option for your needs! Get started on your next project today!

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