For those who love the look and feel that authentic hardwood floors bring to a home, you may be having a difficult time deciding if it is a good idea to install wood floors in your kitchen or bathroom. Where hardwood flooring is vulnerable to water, you may fear installing in areas prone to water damage. Hardwood floors are beautiful and look great anywhere in the home, and especially in a kitchen. Often hardwood floors are installed in kitchens even though there is a major risk for water damage. Where hardwood floors are vulnerable to water, there are some hardwood flooring options that can stand-up to moisture much better than others. If you want hardwood floors in your kitchen, bathroom or laundry room, and want to know which hardwood floor to look at, Mike’s Custom Flooring will share some of the best water resistant wood flooring options.
White Oak Hardwood Floors
One of the best wood species for moisture heavy environments is white oak. White oak is used on boats due to its water resistance quality. Not only is white oak water resistant, but it is one of the most durable types of natural hardwood floor on the market. You will often see white oak used in commercial buildings because it is so strong. White oak is both strong and water resistant because it contains tyloses. When you want a strong water resistant hardwood flooring, one of the best options is white oak.
Teak Hardwood Flooring
Teak is an exotic type of hardwood flooring that is also used on decks, boats and for outdoor furniture. Teak is a great water resistant flooring because it is packed full of natural oils and resins that prevent moisture from penetrating into the wood. The natural resin and oil in Teak gives the wood floor beautiful coloring as well. Teak is a great option for bathrooms and laundry rooms as it is resistant to humidity. Teak is an exotic species and can be hard to find and often is very pricey.
Brazilian Walnut Hardwood Floors
Another option is the Brazilian Walnut hardwood flooring. Brazilian Walnut is also considered an exotic wood species but is more available than the Teak. Brazilian Walnut is a very strong wood on the Janka hardness scale. This wood rates at 3680. Brazilian Walnut is both strong and water resistant. Brazilian Walnut hardwood flooring has a smooth and well-oiled surfaced which helps protect the wood from moisture and even from mold. For those who have pets, the strength of the Brazilian Walnut makes it also scratch resistant, making it ideal for pet owners. Brazilian Walnut hardwood floors can be expensive, however Brazilian Walnut’s quality ensures that the flooring will last making them well worth the investment.
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These are some of the hardwood flooring options that are water resistant. Of course there are some engineered wood flooring options that have special coating that helps protect the floors from water damage. If you have more questions about water resistant flooring options or need a quality hardwood flooring installation service, contact Mike’s Custom Flooring today.