It is becoming more and more common to see open-concept homes with wood flooring in the kitchen. This allows you to have only one type of floor covering. Just like ceramic, wood can be a good choice to put in the kitchen, contrary to what one may say. Among other things, it creates a sense of continuity. It’s all about choosing the right material and maintaining it!
Harder floor, less maintenance
In general, the kitchen is a place where there can be a lot of traffic and comings and goings. Whether it’s while preparing meals or even chatting around the island, the kitchen is often a room where people gather. It is therefore important to choose a wood that is hard enough to withstand weight and wear, thus avoiding possible cracks. This choice will provide you with increased durability and decrease your long-term maintenance expenses.
Use texture to hide imperfections
The potential for spills, stains and scratches is definitely something to keep in mind when choosing wood texture for flooring. A more contrasting and textured floor could help to hide any signs of wear and tear more easily. Prioritizing a floor with lots of knots, grain and variation would be the sensible choice to make.
Protection from germs
For the kitchen, a matte finish would be the best option, as the shine could highlight imperfections such as stains and scratches. With the sink, dishwasher and refrigerator in use, it’s normal to worry about water damage to your wood floor. That’s why it’s important to choose the best protection to prevent the wood from swelling. If the floor is not protected, the wood fibres will swell with water and create an entry point for bacteria. The kitchen is a place prone to microbes: it is therefore essential that your wood floor be properly covered with an antimicrobial protection layer to extend its life.
A little advice
To avoid creating scratches, cracks or any other abrasion that could damage your wood floor, we recommend that you put a small mat in the areas most at risk (under the sink, near the oven, etc.).
Even if wood flooring is not the default choice in the kitchen, it is not impossible to achieve the desired effect. All you have to do is make a wise choice in the hardness and texture of the wood, make sure to protect it adequately, and you’re done! Do not hesitate to contact us, our team will advise you so that you can fully enjoy a wood floor in your kitchen!