Hardwood floors are timeless additions to any room, instantly injecting character and beauty into a room of any size or type. Unfortunately, though, they can be higher maintenance than their cheaper flooring counterparts like laminate or tile flooring.
For rooms that you know get a lot of use, its important to do plenty of research into how much maintenance your hardwood requires before having one installed to make sure you’re up for the challenge.
When it comes to a hardwood floor in the kitchen, there are a lot more factors and risks to consider. Kitchens tend to be one of the most used rooms in a home, with there being far more room for potential spillages of food or drink that can end up soaking into your hardwood if you don’t clean them up quick enough or if your wood isn’t treated properly.
Despite kitchens being busy and potentially messy rooms though, hardwood flooring doesn’t have to be ruled out completely. If you have the time and patience to take care of your hardwood floor it can last for many years without any signs of damage.
To help you make the decision about whether to go for hardwood or a safer option like engineered wood, laminate or even affordable lino, Quicksand Flooring has put together some of the main pros and cons of a hardwood floor in the kitchen…
Is hardwood floor good for the kitchen?
There is a certain feeling of warm wood floors provide that is unrivalled by other common types of kitchen flooring e.g. tiles, slate and more. They transform a room and can make even a kitchen that’s fitted on a budget from average-looking to highly extravagant immediately. There’s no better feeling than walking a warm wood floor in the morning to make your coffee rather than cold tiles.
If you’ve had a hardwood floor installed for several years, it’s completely natural for it to show some signs of wear and tear in the form of scratches, scuffs or general dullness on its surface. Luckily, hardwood floors can be refinished multiple times in their lifetime to have them completely restored to their former glory.
Working with a professional floor sanding company like the Quicksand Flooring team means you can have your wood sanded, restained and polished to have it looking brand new at a fraction of the cost of replacing the floor completely. You can have a hardwood floor restored and refinished around ten times in its lifetime making it a worthwhile investment and meaning you can rest easy to know that any slight stains are never permanent.
- Increases value of your home
Another reason to take the plunge and have the hardwood floor of your dreams installed in your kitchen is the huge amount of value that solid wood floors add to a home. Should you ever wish to sell your home or rent it out, hardwood flooring will increase the value of your property and allow you to sell it for a higher price. If you’re worried about the initial costs of the installation, you can rest easy knowing that hardwood flooring will benefit you financially in the future due to their consistent value, no matter the current interior styles at the time you choose to move.
- Damage from water, scratches or dents
Wood is a natural flooring product which means that you need to be prepared for it to expand and contract as the climate around it changes. If the air is humid and moist, your wood floor will absorb some of this and expand slightly in size, at the same time when it’s cold, your floor may contract. Although we don’t usually experience any extreme temperatures in the UK, you may still need to be prepared for some movement in your floor over the years in the form of slight bumps or dips.
To prevent any damage day-to-day, it’s important to be vigilant with cleaning overall. Any moisture from food or drink spillages that is left to sit on the surface of your floor will be absorbed and end up causing permanent water damage which can change the colour of your floor as well as cause it to swell or dip. If any accidents do happen, as long as you clean them up promptly and absorb as much moisture as possible before it sinks in, your hardwood floor should be able to withstand the day-to-day stressors of a kitchen.
To prevent your floor becoming scratched or scuffed, regular vacuuming or sweeping is enough. All you need to do is ensure there is no excess grit or debris that can cause scratches when you walk on top of it.
Install hardwood flooring in your kitchen today!
Quicksand Flooring are leaders in hardwood floor installation and restoration across the UK. If you’re ready to make the wonderful decision to add some hardwood flooring to your home and kitchen, in particular, you can browse the types of flooring we have available to be fitted.
You can get in touch with our team of experts today to find out more about installing hardwood in your home and what to consider when doing your research.