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Hickory Wood Flooring
Grade: #2 Common
#2 Common Hickory is a popular flooring choice for a rustic yet durable floor.
Other Grades of Hickory Wood Flooring:
#2 Common Hickory Flooring Dimension Specifications:
Standard pre-milled #2 Common hickory will have shorter lengths in comparison to #1 Common. Most flooring is in 7-foot bundles, or a custom-made long plank can be made. With a long plank, the lengths and widths are made specifically to each project’s specifications. The longest lengths can be from 10 to 12 feet, and the widths can be from 2¼″ up to 8 or 10 inches. Moisture content is between 6% and 8% for quick acclimation. #2 Common Hickory is found unfinished or prefinished in ¾″ solid or engineered with a veneer top layer.
#2 Common Hickory flooring is readily available. Custom orders usually demand 2–3 weeks for production, depending on lumber availability. Pre-milled standard 7-foot bundles are a stock item.
Finished Floor Appearance:
#2 Common Hickory flooring has the most color variation in comparison to other species and grades. It also contains large knots, and surface defects. Average lengths of the boards are typically shorter than higher grades. Hickory does not darken dramatically with sunlight.
Flooring Durability and Stability:
#2 Common grade flooring is the hardest commercially available domestic type of Hickory. It is relatively stable in comparison to other species like Yellow Pine but is not recommended in radiant heat applications.
Workability of #2 Common Hickory Flooring:
Although a hardwood, #2 Common Hickory flooring works with little difficulty with both hand and power tools. When installing the flooring, it is best to use a manual nailer, but staples and pneumatic nailers work well. Installation is quicker with higher-grade flooring because the lengths of the boards are typically longer. Hickory holds screws well, and it glues, stains, and polishes to a very attractive finish. It can be somewhat difficult to sand with flooring equipment because of its hardness. Professional sanding and finishing is recommended.
Principal Uses of #2 Common Hickory Flooring:
Because of its hardness, #2 Common Hickory flooring is used in medium- and high-end residential applications for a floor with a lot of character.