Using Hardwood for Kitchen Flooring

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Hardwood for Kitchen Flooring?

Some of the most stunning pictures of kitchens feature hardwood flooring. What was once not so common is now one of the hottest flooring choices out there.

When deciding on hardwood for kitchen flooring, here are a few tips that may be helpful.

Hardwood Species

Choose the hardest wood species you can find. Oak and Ash are two species that come to mind. They rate high on the Janka Hardness Scale.  Their rich grain helps disguise small dents and scratches that may occur over time, and they are beautiful. When using hardwood for kitchen flooring, hardness is especially important for durability.

Size and Length of Hardwood Boards

When deciding the width and length of the individual hardwood boards for your kitchen flooring, look at the size of the room. If your kitchen is small, a smaller width board may look better, and fit the dimensions of the room better. If your kitchen is large, a wider board may fit in better with the dimensions of the room.

Board length can also come into play. If you have a large kitchen, a shorter board length may look too “busy” for the room. Shorter board lengths fit better in smaller rooms.

You can also choose the orientation of the installed hardwood. Do you want the boards run east/west, north/south, or on the diagonal? It’s always a good idea to look at the orientation of the hardwood flooring in the rooms that are adjacent to the kitchen entrances. Do you want the hardwood to run in the same direction as the adjacent room, or in a different direction?

Hardwood Thickness

Hardwood flooring comes in varying thicknesses. When deciding on the thickness, take a look at the height at the entranceways to your kitchen. It is always optimal to have the same flooring height as the adjoining rooms. This way, the threshold is flush between the two rooms, and you won’t have to step up or down into the kitchen.

Hardwood Stain/Color and Finish

hardwood in kitchenDifferent stains/colors and finishes will affect the look and feel of your kitchen. Kitchen Flooring that is generally lighter hardwood tends to show less wear and tear, however, you want to choose a stain/color that you love-regardless of these technicalities.

There are shiny and matte finishes from which to choose, and this will also affect the look and feel of your kitchen. The reflective quality of the shiny finish will tend to show less wear and tear, and brighten up your kitchen. Matte finish is also very authentic and beautiful; buy may show more wear and tear, and not be as durable.

If you have an overall concern about durability, prefinished Hardwood has a much more durable surface than hardwood that needs to be finished after installation. This is because factory finish is applied using high heat and pressure, making a less porous, harder surface.

If you have concerns regarding the durability of the finish, and the height of the hardwood relative to adjacent floors, engineered hardwood flooring is also another option.

Let the folks at Just Around The Corner show you your options when it comes to the hardwood for kitchen floors – they have been around this block many times.
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