Hardwood Floor Kitchen

Hardwood Floor Kitchen

Few flooring surfaces can match the look and feel of real hardwood. It looks elegant and authentic, feels warm and smooth. Those who love hardwood, love it a lot, and opt in for real wood on all flooring surfaces in their homes, including the kitchen. Pages of Canadian Interiors or House and Home magazines feature numerous images of gorgeous kitchen interiors with designer wood floors. They look incredible in print, but is hardwood in the kitchen really a good idea? After all, the kitchen is one of the most trafficked areas of the entire home. Spills, drops, cooking accidents are unavoidable…and how much is too much for a real hardwood surface to bear? As non-demanding as wood floors are, they are natural, “breathing” surfaces that require timely care – more than a quick run through with a Swiffer on your way out to work or kids soccer practice. So if you have your heart set, read on, as the tips below will help you choose the right hardwood floor for your kitchen, and help you care for it correctly, so that the warm, cozy feel of your hardwood floors will make you and your family happy for many years. What Type of a Wood Floor is Best for My Kitchen? Wood Species Go with the hardest species you can find. Oak and ash are some of the strongest domestic wood species used in manufacture of wood floors. Rich grain and exquisite texture of these species will not only make the floor look beautiful and unique, but also help disguise small dents and scratches that are bound to occur over time. Although Jatoba and Santos Mahogany are much stronger than oak and ash, these exotic woods tend to change color, darkening over time. In addition, they are very sensitive to humidity fluctuations: frequent contracting and expanding may cause the surface to crack. With exotic species such as these, it’s best to use oil finishes over polyurethanes. Oil allows the wood to breathe, minimizing the chance of surface cracks. Surface Texture Wood floors with a light texture and a polished finish are gorgeous, but will they look just as spotlessly perfect after a few pots, pans, and jars have been dropped on your floor? Probably not, which is why highly textured wood species, and wirebrushed finishes work so well in kitchens and other high trafficked areas – most surface damages blend almost seamlessly into the existing texture. If anything, the floor only ends up looking better over time! Surface Finish Choose a surface finish that is either 1) exceptionally strong, to protect the wood from damages associated with dropped objects; or 2) easy to restore and renew.             Lacquers Polyurethane lacquer finishes (especially those that are UV-cured and contain “diamond” dust) are very hard-wearing and durable. They are more than sufficient for any residential interior. However, when enough damage accumulates over time, sections of the floor (planks or entire sections) would need to be replaced. In the kitchen, it’s the areas in front of the sink, the stove, and especially the fridge that are most prone to damages from drops, spills, or water. To protect your floor, use small mats or rugs in those areas.             Oils UV-cured oil finishes are not as hard wearing as lacquers, but they have their own benefits – local area damages can be easily restored. Spot repairs can be done using sanding paper, stain (if necessary) and renewer oil. An oil-finished hardwood floor is the best option for a kitchen where all spills are cleaned up quickly. Regardless of the type of surface finish, remember to regularly sweep or vacuum your kitchen hardwood floor, and promptly clean up all spills. Don’t scrub or use any harsh chemicals.  Use manufacturer-recommended cleaning solutions to restore the original shine and beauty of your floor. Despite the risks associated with installing hardwood floors in kitchens, many homeowners who opted for hardwood, stand by their decision, and offer these additional tips. Tips for Choosing the Best Hardwood Floor for Your Kitchen If you are installing a prefinished floor, go for one with microbevels instead of regular sized bevels. It will help prevent dirt and grit from accumulating between boards. Use floating “click” floors. Severely damaged boards will be easy to replace! Place small rugs in front of the sink, stove, and under the fridge, dishwasher and cat/dog bowls. Lighter or natural colored wood floors are better for kitchens – dust, food crumbs etc. are not as visible there as they are on darker surfaces. Water leaks can severely damage wood. Take precautions to avoid dishwasher, sink, and fridge leaks. Enjoy Your Floor Real wood flooring can be a stunning addition to your kitchen. Now that you know what to look for when picking the perfect hardwood, it’s time to start looking. Get creative, and don’t be afraid to consider brave, color-rich options. After all, it will be a part of your home, and it deserves to be as unique as you are. Ready to get started? Take a look at our 80+ designer styles of hardwood flooring for inspiration, and request a free sample of any product you like!
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Hardwood Floor Kitchen

What Is the Best Wood Flooring for a Kitchen? Choosing a wood floor for the kitchen can better connect the eating area with other rooms in your home. (Photo courtesy of Flooring Direct of Dallas) If installing wood floors in the kitchen, be prepared for imperfections and a little maintenance. As more homeowners gather in their kitchens for meals, special projects and socializing, the trend to install wood floors in kitchens is growing. Many homeowners choose wood flooring for kitchens because they want to create one big great room, says Lisa Wells, owner of Geneva Flooring in San Diego. “The reason is to tie together all the areas,” she says. “They don’t want to separate the flooring.” Wood floors can last years in kitchens designed to be the center of family time. (Photo courtesy of Moss Building & Design/Robert Merhaut) Before choosing any wood kitchen floors, consider these things, says Harry Tishler, owner of Tish Flooring in Indianapolis. • Will it bother you to see minor dings and dents in your floor? • Do you view imperfections as character traits of natural wood? • Do you want to be able to sand and refinish your floor? • How much time are you willing to spend maintaining your floor? Related Article How Much Does it Cost to Install Hardwood Floors?The cost of hardwood floors depends on more than just the materials and location. Engineered hardwood flooring withstands humid climates better than solid hardwood. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Karol M. of Windermere, Florida) Engineered flooring versus solid woodThe answers matter because you may need to do more work than you want to maintain it, Tishler says. “No matter how expensive or inexpensive the wood is, because it’s a naturally soft product, over time it is going to show scratches, dents, and dinks. If you know that going in, you’ll be really happy,” he says of solid wood flooring. Solid wood floors shrink, usually in the winter when there’s less moisture in the air. Likewise, they expand during the spring and summer when there’s more humidity in your home. A home humidifier can help maintain appropriate moisture levels. However, kitchens with wood floors will likely need buffing and a fresh coat of polyurethane every few years. If you prefer a smooth, dent-free, lower maintenance wood floor, consider engineered flooring. “A half-inch engineered wood will hold up better to splashes than a solid floor,” says Eric Bateman, owner of Common Sense Flooring in Oceanside, California.  Bateman says engineered flooring also works better over a slab floor because it was designed to withstand the changing conditions in the concrete subfloor. “It takes longer for engineered product to move with humidity than a solid product. It’s less vulnerable to humidity.” Related Article Hardwood Flooring Sales/Installation/Refinishing How Much Does Hardwood Floor Refinishing Cost?Refinishing hardwood floors helps to preserve the wood and make the boards shine again. Like solid wood, engineered flooring comes with a downside. Engineered wood is made from layers of compressed wood that’s bonded together with heat and adhesive. The top layer, known as the wear layer, can’t be sanded and refinished as often as one solid strip of wood flooring. “If engineered is worn in one area, someone can bust through to the other area and it won’t look good,” Bateman says. If you’d like the option of sanding your engineered flooring, make sure the top layer is at least 3 millimeters thick, he says. Related Article Hardwood Flooring Sales/Installation/Refinishing How to Buff a Hardwood FloorBuffing hardwood floors is an affordable alternative to refinishing. Solid wood easier to replace and refinishStill, one benefit of natural wood is that you don’t need to pull out the entire floor if it’s damaged by water. The entire floor can be sanded and restained as often as needed, says Kelly Cobb, general sales manager at Flooring Direct in Dallas. While you can replace some engineered wood planks, Cobb says the replacements should come from the same dye lot. If you need to replace more planks than you have left over after laying the floor, it will not match. Even planks taken from the same dye lot might not match perfectly depending on the age and wear on the floor when you replace the planks. White oak is a popular choice for kitchens because it's strong and hides dents and other mishaps that can happen in kitchens. (Photo courtesy of Legacy Floors) White oak and wired brushed wood flooringIf you really hate scatches and dents from everyday kitchen activity, Wells says to stay away from dark, shiny hardwood floors. “If you drop a pan on it, you’ll see the dent,” she says, as well as shoe dust, dirt and scratches. “You will see the wear at the kitchen sink and in front of the refrigerator.” Wells says white oak or wire brushed wood do a better job of hiding the foot traffic and mishaps that occur in a kitchen. In addition to being very strong, with a tighter, straighter grain pattern, white oak wood is sold in a wide spectrum of colors from white sapwood to dark browns. Meanwhile, wire brushed wood, with its etched design, features a subtle textured look on a smooth surface. “It’s practical ,” Wells says. “It will hide denting and scratching because you have movement and texture in the wood.” Real wood floors can be cleaned, sanded and stained with polyurethane to look new again. (Photo by Summer Galyan) Follow floor manufacturer's maintenance guidelinesWhichever wood floor you buy, follow the manufacturer’s instructions when you clean your floor. “Don’t listen to anyone else, except the manufacturer,” Tishler says. “That’s where the warranty is supported. They all have recommendations about how to take care of their floors.” In fact, Tishler recommends reading the floor’s warranty before you buy it. “Find out what products are required and the level of effort by the homeowner that’s needed to take care of the product,” he says. A reputable dealer will include the information. You can also find it on the manufacturer’s website, he says. If after reading the warranty, you’re not sure you can or want to do what it takes to keep the floor’s appearance up to your expectations, don’t buy the product.  Aug. 12, 2016By Cynthia WilsonCynthia Wilson covered roofing, gutters, windows, home health hazards, health care and financial services for Angie’s List. Post New Comment Name * email@youremail.com * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Subject Type your comments here. * All comments are subject to review and approval prior to posting. Home page

Hardwood Floor Kitchen

Hardwood Floor Kitchen
Hardwood Floor Kitchen
Hardwood Floor Kitchen
Hardwood Floor Kitchen
Hardwood Floor Kitchen