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Calico Hickory Flooring
Calico Hickory flooring offers a unique twist to Hickory.
Calico Hickory Flooring Dimension Specifications:
Calico Hickory flooring is never a stock item. It is always custom-made in a long plank. 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 6 or 8 inches. Moisture content is between 6% and 8% for quick acclimation. Calico Hickory is only found unfinished but can be custom-prefinished.
Calico Hickory flooring is rare. Custom orders usually demand 4-6 weeks for production, depending on lumber availability. Pre-milled standard 7-foot bundles are a stock item.
Finished Floor Appearance:
Calico Hickory has split colors of white sapwood and dark heartwood. It may contain knots and surface defects, depending on the lumber available. To increase the dramatic effect of the flooring, the installer can orient the dark and light sides of the boards together to make for wide white and dark stripes. Hickory does not darken dramatically with sunlight.
Flooring Durability and Stability:
Calico Hickory is very durable and relatively stable in comparison to other species like Yellow Pine but is not recommended in radiant heat applications.
Workability of Calico Hickory Flooring:
Although a hardwood, Calico 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 slow with Calico Hickory if the colors are matched together. 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 Calico Hickory Flooring:
Because of its unique character, Calico Hickory flooring is used in high-end residential applications for a floor with a lot of unique character.
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