Wood Floors in the Kitchen

Wood Floors in the Kitchen

Wood Floors in the Kitchen

Wood floors in the kitchen are a good choice because of their durability and ease of cleaning. Other benefits of wood flooring include ease of maintenance, ease on your knees and back because it gives more than ceramic tiles, and longevity. Wood floors for kitchen settings are great because they look good and last a long time. Don’t let water stand on your wood kitchen floors and they’ll last a long time. Are wood floors good for a kitchen? Yes!

Would you like wood floors in the kitchen? Wood floors for kitchen use are possible. Are wood floors good for a kitchen? Although hardwoods were not previously considered appropriate for kitchen use because of the potential for water damage, with proper sealing you can use them in any room in your home. There are two main choices for you if you like the look of wood. You can either go with hardwood flooring or laminate flooring for the kitchen. Either one will give you a floor that will instantly make the kitchen feel warmer and more welcoming.

Hardwoods cannot be matched for the beauty and warmth they add to a kitchen. The only drawback may be the cost of the flooring, but the value that you add to your home may well be worth the price difference between hardwood flooring and other types of flooring. Hardwood flooring comes in many different wood choices as well as finish choices so you are sure to find the exact look that you are searching for. Keeping the floors clean does not take a great amount of time either; just regular sweeping and damp mopping will help keep your floors clean and shiny.

Laminate flooring is a great alternative for wood flooring if the hardwoods are out of your budget. Besides being less expensive, laminate flooring is easy to install, partially because the finish is already on the flooring planks. Some manufacturers of laminate flooring take care of the off-gassing process in the factory, so by the time it gets to you there is no more worry. That’s a great feature for chemically sensitive people. A good installation of laminate floors makes it difficult to tell the difference between it and wood flooring. That is why so many households are drawn to them. Between the lower cost, durability, and ease of installation, laminate flooring is a very popular choice for every room in the home — even the kitchen.

One of the benefits of wood flooring in the kitchen that both hardwood flooring and laminate flooring share is that they are a great for families with allergies. Hard flooring helps keep your home free of dust mites, mold, and other allergens. The allergens cannot get trapped in hard flooring like it does in carpeting, and that makes the air quality in your home much better. The fact that the allergens sit on top of the flooring makes it much easier to remove the particulates from the room, which helps decrease allergy problems and asthma attacks.

Whether you choose hardwood flooring or laminate flooring for your kitchen, you need to make sure that you get the flooring that is right for your family. The kitchen of most homes is the central hub of activity. That means that you need to choose flooring that is durable and easy to take care of. Choose the wood kitchen flooring that makes you feel good about your kitchen. If the floor makes you feel warm, happy, and safe then you will be happy with it for many years. Install wood floors in your kitchen and you will have a kitchen to be proud of.

Comments

We are reflooring our kitchen. We have two active dogs-average about 50 pounds. We have considered wood but have been told that the dogs will scratch both wood and laminate. I feel tile is too hard on my joints — can you give us an opinion about a flooring that will stand up to medium to heavy use in the kitchen.

Thanks

mary at March 17, 2008 6:09 PM

You have entered the double-bind zone. Tiles and stone, which are durable and dog-proof, are hard on your joints. Wood can scratch, but maybe if you used a hard finish, such as Diamond Urethane Polyurethane, it might help it survive dogs.

Another option is linoleum. You can make fun patterns with different colors — either in tiles or have a professional installer lay rolls that are cut in curving patterns or angles. It’s natural, doesn’t offgas and the color goes all the way through the material. Don’t get linoleum confused with vinyl, they are very different.

The Flooring Lady at March 17, 2008 6:52 PM

I have seen wide plank cedar boards at the home improvement store. Could they be used for flooring in my kitchen and dining room? I have been told cedar is very soft, but we live in an old farmhouse and don’t mind imperfections.

If you don’t think cedar is appropriate, could you suggest an alternative for a floor that is in an old country house — something plain and simple, but authentic looking and beautiful in a rustic way?

Thank you.

Bonnie Simpson at April 22, 2008 8:09 PM

Cedar is exceedingly soft. It ranges from 350-720 on the Janka scale, a rating of hardness for woods. Soft wood indicates it will dent easily and won’t wear well in the long run. But if you are looking for something rustic it will fit the bill. Pine can be soft, some softer than others, and pine has been used for years — centuries even — as flooring. You can get the rustic look without the softness by using pine heartwood, oak, or walnut. If you can find them in wide plank you really have it covered with the old and rustic look. And beautiful.

The Flooring Lady at April 23, 2008 7:20 AM

would red oak flooring be ok for the kitchen about 2 inch’s or is the wider hardwood more apropriate?

anthony joseph lucchese at June 28, 2008 8:05 AM

Anthony, red oak flooring would be good in the kitchen. There are pros and cons to any board dimension you use in your house, but visual preference is probably the most important determining «factor». The narrower boards can lend a look of long and narrow to a room, and it might not matter a bit. I was worried about that look when I installed bamboo in my house and chose the horizontal cut instead of vertical to keep an already long/narrow house from seeming more so.

If the wood is quality and you like it, go for it. And be sure to finish it, if it’s raw, with a low VOC water-based polyurethane like Diamond Coat Varathane Polyurethane for floors.

TheFlooringLady at June 28, 2008 9:57 AM

I have original oak wood floors in my living and dining room. I would like to put wood flooring in my kitchen and adjoining family room. Do I have to use the same wood in these rooms? Thanks for any ideas you may have.

Barb at August 28, 2008 4:40 PM

Hi Barb,

The Flooring Lady at August 29, 2008 10:36 PM

We are having to remove our kitchen tile due to a lot of cracking from settling of our house. We have hardwood in the adjoining living room that and it is a little higher than our kitchen. I was thinking possibly about just continuing the wood on top of the tile so we wouldn’t have to chip up the tile. That would also make the floors the same heighth and be easier on my joints in the kitchen. Some have discouraged having tile in the kitchen because of possible water damage. What are your thoughts. Thanks, Dianne

Diane,

Lots of people have tile in their kitchen area — if there’s water damage, you’re going to have water damage regardless what kind of flooring you have (well, except maybe epoxy or concrete!). Actually, so long as there’s no way for the water to get under the tile, there should be no damage — in other words, so long as everything is sealed well. I guess I just don’t understand the reasoning of ceramic tile being damaged by water more easily than wood.

If you’re really set on hardwood floors, I’d suggest removing the tile. It’s going to be less weight on your joists if the tile is removed and a new subfloor put down before you put down hardwood.


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