Pros & Cons of Wood Floors in the Kitchen

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Hardwood kitchen floors provide a home with a note of elegance and the versatility of working with both traditional and modern decors. While a wood surface has many advantages, improper finishing and care can lead to expensive maintenance and repair costs for the homeowner.

The Look

  • No flooring has quite the look of a hardwood floor. Wood's warm, elegant appearance offers one of the greatest benefits to choosing it as the flooring option for your kitchen. The website for Home Addition Plus, which refers to hardwood flooring as "timeless," paints it as a versatile flooring that can be tailored to complement existing wood cabinets or accent pieces in your kitchen and dining room. The general popularity of hardwood finishes also can contribute to your home's value.

Moisture Problems

  • Hardwood flooring may look elegant, but it is susceptible to moisture problems. Even a little moisture can cause wood deterioration. For this reason, if you install hardwood floors in your kitchen you must be careful about spills that can occur at food preparation areas and around your kitchen sink. Remember that although it may seem impermeable, wood is organic and potentially capable of absorbing any liquid that is spilled on it. You won't have to worry about staining from spilled liquids as long as the hardwood is properly sealed and finished. Aside from moisture concerns, however, wood floors are relatively easy to maintain. Cleaning them is usually as simple as using a broom. Specially designed wood-floor cleaners remove ground-in dirt quickly, helping to maintain the wood's original beauty.

Frequent Refinishing and Noise Levels

  • Hardwood floors that see a lot of foot traffic as experienced in the typical kitchen require frequent refinishing to keep the surface from becoming porous. Refinishing hardwood can get very expensive because it requires professional services for proper sanding, application of finishes and buffing. You can damage your wood floor if you attempt to refinish it on your own without training. Additionally, noise levels on hardwood floors can disrupt the quiet of your home, especially early in the morning or late at night when other people in the household may be asleep.

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