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Can I Put Hardwood Flooring in My Kitchen?

You love the look of wood flooring in your kitchen.

Wood floors will fit into any environment, and it doesn’t matter if your style is ultra-modern or rustic, because the stain will give you the look you want. For example, dark floors add a sleek modern look. Gray is the hottest trend right now (and predicted not to go out of style anytime soon). If you like a rustic feel, choose a wide plank in a classic like Eastern white pine. The additional knotty features will give you even more of a “down home” feeling.

You’re concerned, though, because you've heard so many times that a wood flooring installation just can’t work for the kitchen, what with the moisture levels, not to mention the heat and humidity of Florida.

About Floors ‘n More gives a resounding “yes” to your question about whether you can have a wood flooring installation in your kitchen.

What you need to ask yourself first, is if your kitchen is prone to leaks in any way. Also, are you the kind of person who will wipe up spills immediately?

Second, you need to understand there are two types: Solid and engineered. Solid is solid all the way through, and the fibers lie parallel to each other. Solid floors can be refinished often, so if your kitchen doesn’t have leaky pipes and you don’t allow puddles to form, you’ll be okay. Know that it will also depend upon where the kitchen is located and humidity fluctuations; for instance, if the kitchen is located next to a porch, there may be more possibility of wetness from a storm.

The second type of real wood is engineered hardwood. It is absolutely real, so much so that real estate professionals are allowed to advertise that in their marketing materials. The only difference from solid, is that it’s a layered product, and that is what gives it more stability and water-resistance. Unlike solid, it can be installed in high-moisture areas, such as basements. You’ll probably want to go with this type if you’re concerned about excess humidity.

Floors come either unfinished or prefinished, but if you’re selecting for the kitchen, you’ll probably want to go with unfinished. Sometimes prefinished floors can have beveled edges, and they can be difficult to clean, and the kitchen’s a room where there will be a lot of cleaning.

Come into the About Floors ‘n More showroom in Jacksonville, Fl, and let us help you select the right floor for your kitchen.