Interior designers and decorators are seeing a definite spike in wood flooring trends across the country, especially when it comes to hardwood flooring trends in kitchens. According to design experts, many homeowners are interesting in creating a naturally open space that also flows between rooms. Solid hardwood flooring provides the best of both worlds and is the perfect way to achieve the desired result. Today’s wide selection of wood flooring options ensures your kitchen floor can now stand up to both daily wear and tear and the test of time.
How to Choose the Best Hardwood Flooring for Your Kitchen
When choosing hardwood flooring for your kitchen, some areas of consideration include:
• How familiar are you with the different types of hardwood flooring available?
• Does the thought of minor dents or wear in the flooring concern you?
• Do you see differences in the wood as natural variations or imperfections?
• Are you interested in sanding and refinishing your flooring?
• How much time are you willing to set aside for floor maintenance?
Solid VS Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Your answers to these questions can help your Mike’s Custom Flooring specialist determine which type of flooring is right for your home. Regardless of how much you spend on your solid wood flooring it is a natural product that will not only show variations within the wood but over time it will also show signs of wear. These variations are what make your solid wood flooring warm and naturally inviting. Other considerations include natural variances in moisture levels which allow your solid wood flooring to shrink during the winter and expand in the summer. Kitchen flooring in particular will require buffing and a fresh coat of polyurethane every few years to keep it looking rich and beautiful. If you are a perfectionist, then the dent free appearance of engineered flooring is a good choice for your home. Engineered flooring works especially well over a slab floor as it takes longer for engineered flooring to react to changes in humidity than solid wood flooring.
Ability to Replace Solid Hardwood Floor Planks Rather Than Entire Flooring
One of the many benefits of solid wood flooring is that you don’t have to remove the entire floor if it is damaged. Your solid wood flooring can be sanded and re-stained when needed. Buffing your hardwood floors is also an affordable alternative to a complete refinish.
Best & Most Popular Choice for Solid Hardwood Flooring in Kitchens; White Oak & Wire Brushed Finishes
White oak is an excellent choice for kitchens because it is both strong and versatile. In fact white oak is one of the best flooring options available when it comes to hiding dents and other accidents. White oak is not only strong, it has a tight straight grain and is sold in a wide range of colors from white to dark brown. According to the experienced professionals at Mike’s Custom Flooring, wire brushed finish is another alternative for those clients who find the thought of dents and scratches difficult to overlook. The wire brushing technique can hide wear from foot traffic because it features a subtle etched design within the wood that is perfect for disguising accidents. Mike’s Hardwood Flooring are one of the few contractors that have the tools, knowledge and experience to perform wire brushed finishing on site!