Adding Wood Floors in the Kitchen?

by Meg Burke 09/22/2019

A growing trend in interior design is to put wood flooring in the kitchen. If this seems counter-intuitive to you, you're not the only one. After all, the risk of damage from traffic, water, spills, stains, and even burns could certainly give one pause. But mainly to accommodate the free-flow open-concept designs and create a visually seamless aspect, wood floors are popping up in both new builds and pricey renovations. Plus, wood is warmer under bare feet on cold mornings, and it just looks nice. 

If you’ve wondered how a wood floor will work in your kitchen, remember the following points about wood floors.ol>

  • Not all wood is the same. Solid wood flooring might come from a hard species or a soft species. While a specific color or grain might attract you, a softer wood is subject to scratches and dents from street shoes, stools or chairs, tables, and heavy appliances such as the refrigerator. While solid wood allows for some repair and refinishing, a harder wood lasts longer and requires less care. Wood floor hardness ratings called the Janka Scale, place firs and pines in the softer category and gums and teaks at the top.
  • Standing water is not your friend. While finished hardwood flooring holds up well to cleaning with a damp mop, standing water that seeps between the planks causes the wood to swell and warp. Wipe up spills and standing water immediately. For the same reason, don’t use a steam floor cleaner. Check around sinks and under the dishwasher and refrigerator for leaks that could damage your floor.
  • Take special care when moving heavy appliances or furniture. Place heavy cardboard or a rug under the wheels or feet and slide it into place to protect the wood from deep grooves, dents, or scratches.
  • Use area rugs under tables and chairs to avoid scratching from constant use. 
  • What about bamboo? Technically, bamboo is a grass, not a hardwood. However, most flooring outlets sell it as hardwood. Compared to most, it is two to three times harder, including oak, so it is an excellent option for flooring. Bamboo floors install the same as hardwood and are more resistant to water and other liquids (although no hardwood, including bamboo, is waterproof).
  • If you’re thinking of placing hardwood in your kitchen during an upcoming renovation, ask your neighborhood real estate professional if hardwood is trending in your area.

    About the Author
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    Meg Burke

     Meg & Loudoun County: Back in 1993, we moved here from Pennsylvania, thinking we'd stay for a year or two -- now it's been well over twenty five! In the past I was a broadcast advertising rep (Philly market) and at-home mom, until in 2000, when I jumped into the real estate business. Even with all the ups & downs, I've loved this business ever since! I've raised two wonderful children in Loudoun County Public Schools (www.lcps.org); one is a recent VA Tech graduate, and the other graduated from UVA. I've come to know Northern Virginia well and truly enjoy calling Loudoun County "home." Northern Virginia, and Loudoun County in particular, expanded dramatically in the mid 2000's; but along with the rest of our nation, experienced the challenging real estate market contraction of the "great recession." Luckily, our area has been back in a solid growth trend in recent years, so we are seeing fewer distressed properties and both resale and new construction homes are selling well. Let me assure you: Even as it grows, Loudoun County continues to be a wonderful place to live! Where else can you live less than an hour from concerts at the Kennedy Center or Capitol Center, Smithsonian Museums, the AND the Appalachian Trail? Loudoun County Notes: One of Loudoun's strengths is that we have a broad-based economy. We are not just a federal government dependant suburb. For example, did you know that over 70% of the world's Internet traffic flows through Loudoun County daily? (https://biz.loudoun.gov/) Ask me about the 45 mile-long Washington & Old Dominion Trail, which is great for jogging, walking the dogs or even an all-day bike trek. https://www.novaparks.com/parks/washington-and-old-dominion-railroad-regional-park Do you enjoy wines? Loudoun County is home to award-winning vineyards, with a reputation that is growing every year. www.visitloudoun.org/things-to-do/wine-country/ Serious shopper? Then you must visit the Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets! The antique shops in Leesburg, Purcellville & Middleburg are fantastic. You won't want to miss my personal favorite: the Waterford Fair in October -- an outdoor juried crafts fair in historic Waterford. www.waterfordfoundation.org History buff? Gardener? Perhaps you would prefer to stroll the grounds of Oatlands Plantation, a National Trust for Historic Preservation property; tour Morven Park or Dodana Manor in Leesburg. The farm and garden tours each year are always fascinating and enjoyable. Country Fairs are still going strong in Loudoun County. The Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival in Apri (another one of my personal favorites); the Bluemont Fair in September; Octoberfest in Lovettsville;... These are just a few of the events to enjoy throughout the year. Loudoun County and Leesburg, the county seat, are frequently included in "best of" lists (http:\/\/money.cnn.com\/magazines\/moneymag\/best-places\/2013\/snapshots\/PL5144984.html ) (https://smartasset.com/mortgage/happiest-places-in-america) There is so much to enjoy in Loudoun. Come see for yourself. I'd be happy to show you around! There are so many reasons to enjoy living here, but remember, the market is still quite fluid and challenging. Let me help you navigate your way through the interesting and sometimes overwhelming resales, short sales, foreclosures and new construction. I take my profession seriously; and although I do have my bachelor's degree (U. Penn, back in 1981), I am constantly upgrading my professional education in order to provide you with the most informed and up-to-date real estate support. Please remember: whether you or your friends are interested in buying or selling, MOVE WITH MEG! Let me help you make this a positive experience for you -- both for your family and your finances!