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Hickory Wood Flooring
Grade: Select and Better
Select and Better Hickory is also called “Premium grade.”
Other Grades of Hickory Wood Flooring:
Select and Better Hickory Flooring Dimension Specifications:
Standard pre-milled Select and Better hickory will have longer lengths in comparison to lower grades. 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. Select and Better Hickory is found unfinished or prefinished in ¾″ solid or engineered with a veneer top layer.
Select and Better grade 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:
Select and Better grade Hickory will have the most uniform appearance of all the grades. However, it still inherently has color variations. The longer lengths of the Premium grade make for fewer joints and a more desirable floor aesthetically. Hickory does not darken dramatically with sunlight.
Flooring Durability and Stability:
Select and Better grade flooring is the hardest type of commercially available domestic hickory. It is relatively stable in comparison to other species like Yellow Pine but is not recommended in radiant heat applications.
Workability of Select and Better Hickory Flooring:
Although a hardwood, Select and Better 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 Select and Better Hickory Flooring:
Because of its hardness, Select and Better Hickory flooring is used in medium- and high-end residential applications for a dramatically elegant floor.