Is Solid Wood Flooring Suitable for Kitchens? May 29 2015, 0 Comments
This is a question we always get! The answer is simple, yes. Since the majority of new homes are built with an open concept and the kitchen is a substantial part of that open concept. It would not be ecstatically pleasing to have a separate floor for your kitchen, and in some cases could be a tripping hazard, where the two floors are not the exact same height. In addition, hardwood flooring is much more enjoyable to walk on, as it is warmer than ceramic tile.
With that being said, there are some hardwood flooring options you may not want to install in your kitchen. Any floor that is dark and shiny is likely a poor candidate for your kitchen. These dark hardwood floors will show absolutely every dent and scratch, and be difficult to maintain in a kitchen. For a little more information check out our video on the "Downsides to Dark Hardwood Flooring".
Best Options for Hardwood Flooring in Kitchens
Your best option would be flooring that has a lower sheen, as lower sheen's on hardwood flooring are easier to maintain and show little imperfections. The absolute best option would be a rustic hardwood flooring that has our two-pass or distressed flooring finish. This is ideal as any marks end up blending in with the floor. However, there are so many options, this is just a start. For more information and our best advice on hardwood flooring for busy households and pets check out this video on "Hardwood Flooring for Dogs".
Water damage is a simple concern for those putting hardwood flooring in their kitchen. As long as you wipe up your everyday spills, your hardwood flooring shouldn't have any issues. There are a few scenarios where your floor could be damaged in your kitchen, but these are very rare. We had a client who was away for the entire winter in Florida and had a dishwasher leak. As a result, they had some damage to their hardwood floor. However, this would cause serious damage to any floor covering. Overall, the beauty of hardwood flooring flowing throughout your kitchen outweighs the potential for harm. Rosemary in the Gaylord household is cooking 24/7, and hasn't had any problems with her hardwood floor.