Hickory (Pecan) hardwood flooring is one of the strongest and most durable options when looking at domestic wood flooring options. The natural beauty and character of hickory hardwood is highly sought after by designers and homeowners alike. Hickory wood flooring is generally a mix of both hickory and pecan wood and will range in color from a light blonde (sapwood) to a reddish brown (heartwood). Like most hardwood floor species, hickory comes in several grades however the most common is the Character grade. This grade allows for the natural beauty of the hickory to show. It will contain a full range of sap wood and heart wood along with dark brown; almost black; mineral streaks and knots.
Hickory hardwood is generally thought of as a rustic looking wood species; however hickory can be stained to give it more versatility with other design styles. Hickory is also available in higher grades which will have a more uniform color (less dark heartwood), and fewer or no character marks like mineral streaks and knots. Hickory is one of the hardest domestic wood species available and offers excellent impact resistance making it a great choice, especially for high traffic homes.