The Pros and Cons of a Hardwood Floors in the Kitchen
Many homeowners prefer the natural beauty and warm tones of hardwood floors in their homes. But is a hardwood floor the best option for a kitchen, with its high foot traffic and risk for spills?
Here are some advantages of installing hardwood flooring in the kitchen:
1. Hardwood floors give homes natural look that is always stylish. Adding to that the properties of texture and scent, you’ll have an item of pure beauty in your home.
2. Properly installed and maintained hardwood floors will increase the value of your home.
Disadvantages of a hardwood floor in the kitchen
Now let’s look at the disadvantages of a hardwood floor in the kitchen:
1. Hardwood floors, particular ones made of exotic wood can be quite expensive.
2. Hardwood floor is susceptible to water damage. If you install a hardwood floor in your kitchen, you should be extremely careful about leaks from appliances such as refrigerators and dishwashers. Water can damage a hardwood floor. Even if you are careful about spills, moisture in the air can cause the floorboards to warp over time.
3. Hardwood floors are susceptible to dents, scratches, and stains. You will need to be careful if you are moving furniture, and you’ll need to put down mats in areas of the kitchen that are particularly prone to spills, such as near the sink or dishwasher or under your pet’s water bowl.
4. Hardwood floors need frequent cleaning. You will need to clean it regularly.
If you choose a hardwood floor for your kitchen, be sure to select a hard wood such as maple or oak. Softer woods such as pine or cherry are less durable and more prone to scratches and dents.