When it comes to wood flooring, the kitchen is the number one room in a home that gets wood floors installed most often. Something about wood floors really sets off the mood off a kitchen. When you want to install wood floors in your kitchen you are often left to decide which type of wood you will want to install. For example, there are laminate wood floors, hardwood or solid wood floors, or engineered wood floors. Today Mike’s Custom Flooring would like to share some of the most recommended types of wood floor and some additional considerations when installing wood floors in your kitchen.
Care and Cleaning of Hardwood Floors
Wood floors require proper care and cleaning, and each method varies as to the type of wood floors you will have installed. Solid or hardwood floors will eventually require refinishing and resealing to ensure longevity. Laminate and engineered flooring only needs maintenance by cleaning in most cases. However, despite the types of floor that will be installed it is good to always clean up spills immediately. Sweep or vacuum the dirt off as needed, and avoid wearing high heels and keep pet nails trimmed to prevent scratching the surface of the floor. Additionally, no wood floor likes water, so if a leak or flooding occurs remove the water and dry the floor quickly. Prolonged exposure often requires the wood floor to be replaced. However, with proper care, wood floors can last decades even inside a kitchen.
Solid Hardwood for Kitchen Flooring
When it comes to best or highly recommended types of wood floors for kitchens, solid or hardwood floor are number one. Solid or hardwood floors are cut from a single piece of wood to create each plank. Not one plank is alike and is the most diverse and natural which is favored for kitchens areas. Hardwood floors do require more maintenance compared to other wood floors. However, they are well worth the effort and can add value and beauty to your home and kitchen.
Pros of Engineered Hardwood Floors in Kitchen
Another popular choice for kitchens is engineered hardwood floors. Engineered hardwood floors are layers of thinly cut pieces of wood that are bonded together. This design helps make the floor more resistant to humidity and moisture exposure. Another benefit of engineered wood floors is they don’t require a wooden sub floor to be laid over the concrete like hardwood floors do. This makes installation more versatile as to where it can be installed. They do often require an underlayment that helps provide a sound barrier and some padding between the floor and the concrete. Engineered hardwood floors don’t need to be sanded down and resealed like solid or hardwood floor do, which makes maintenance much easier.
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When you wish to install a wood floor in your kitchen, engineered or hardwood floors are often better and more desirable. They both come in a wide range of colors, patterns and designs. When you have made your choice as to which wood floor you wish to install in your home, contact Mike’s Custom Flooring. We provide installation, repair and refinishing maintenance services. Contact Mike’s Custom Flooring to schedule our services today!