Hickory Hardwood Color Profile in CharlestonThere’s an understated hardwood option for Charleston homes looking for the durability and feel of traditional wood, but want something that stands out against the rest. Hickory is strong and beautiful with distinctive qualities sure to make a statement in your home. If you are looking for a bold, beautiful flare that lasts a lifetime, hickory hardwood should be at the top of your list. Every hardwood comes with its own benefits and drawbacks, so let us take you through the characteristics of hickory that might make it more or less desirable for your home.



  • Unique profile: the coloring of hickory ranges from light to medium browns with a prominent grain. Hickory is often seen with a mix of the dark heartwood and paler sapwood that produces a very intriguing contrast with a rustic feel.
  • Resilience: hickory is a very hard species of wood for flooring, which makes it very resistant to damage from everyday use. Foot traffic, high heels, pet nails, and heavy objects pose no problem for hickory.
  • Lifespan: hand-in-hand with resilience comes a long-lasting hardwood. Hickory will stand up to the test of time because of how durable it is against every day damage and can remain a staple in your home for a lifetime.
  • Strength: hickory can hold up a great deal of weight without bending and is known to be very shock-resistant. Consider using it for a staircase where your hardwood is likely to be put under a lot of stress from traffic. This would also make a dramatic and elegant statement for your entryway.
  • Finish: hickory’s natural profile is spectacular but can also accept stain well to achieve an even color throughout. Furthermore, if you do see damage over time, it’s easy to refinish and have it looking brand new.


  • Inconsistency: the high-contrasting mix of colors characteristic of Hickory floors can overpower a room. Charleston homes with a more monochromatic, minimalist vibe may prefer more uniform varieties of hardwood.
  • Hardness: at a Janka hardness rating of 1820, hickory is one of the densest woods in the traditional selection for Charleston homes. If you’re the type of person who is on their feet all day, this means hickory won’t be to forgiving on your joints.
  • Resale value: because it is so unique, some may argue that the resale value of your home will decrease. A more subdued or traditional floor that appeals to the majority of potential buyers could be more valuable if increased value is your end goal. That being said, trends currently embrace individuality and it could be more popular.
  • Difficult installation: hickory is not good for a DIY project. The density of the wood makes it hard to work with and it’s essential to hire a professional and ensure your floors are well made.
  • Slow to grow: the strength of Hickory comes from the time it takes to grow. It can take 200 years for a tree to grow to maturity, meaning it’s not a very sustainable resource. If you’re looking for “greener” flooring, hickory might not be the best option for you.

Depending on your personal tastes and aesthetic in your home, you are likely to see some of the cons as pros and vice versa. Choosing a hardwood for your home is a big decision and we are happy to help. If you’re ready to consider new floors in your Charleston homes, contact your local wood experts at Floor Coverings International of Charleston to look at hickory samples. We offer a free in-home consultation and estimate for all customers and proudly serve the Charleston, Mount Pleasant, and the Lowcountry areas.

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