Wood floors are timeless, natural and bring a sense of warmth to a space. But is it worth risking wood floors in the kitchen? There are people who will argue both for and against them.
If the heart of your home is an open-concept design, then it is preferable to have the same flooring throughout in order to avoid odd floor transitions. Applying wood floors everywhere will give the space a seamless appearance. Wood flooring is beautiful and coveted by many people looking for a home. It is a good investment and will increase your home’s value. Because there is a lot of traffic in the kitchen, using a stronger wood species, such as ash, walnut, mahogany and oak are recommended over softwoods like pine and cedar.
Wood in the kitchen will bring character and warmth to this gathering place, but there are a few things you need to be aware of before installing wood floors in the kitchen. Wood floors will scratch and dent more easily than harder surfaces like tile or stone. Wood floors will need to be sanded and re-stained to maintain their longevity. Cleaning them is also different than with other floor surfaces. Certain cleaning solutions should be avoided on wood surfaces. Do not clean them with ammonia or harsh and abrasive solutions.
Water is the main concern for wood floors in the kitchen. Minor spills need to be wiped up immediately. Appliance leaks are your biggest issue because they can do the most damage. When an appliance leaks, you might not notice it immediately or it might happen at night, giving your beautiful wood floors time to soak up the water, swell and buckle. You will want to dry the floor and subfloor so the moisture does not get trapped and produce mold. Directing a fan onto the area, using a dehumidifier and keeping you’re A/C on will help dry the wood planks. However, this does not always work. If the planks are beyond repair, they will need to be replaced.
If you go with wood plank floors in your kitchen, have a plan in place in case of a leak so you can handle the situation proactively. No other material can truly compare to the beauty and warmth of hardwood floors.