Is It Safe To Install Wood Floors In Your Kitchen?

by | Jan 17, 2013 | Home Improvement

Many people enjoy the look that hardwood floors can give them home, but many are often afraid to install wood floors in their kitchens. Should people fear installing wood floors in their kitchen or is it a safe a beautiful surface to include throughout your home? Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of wood flooring and address common concerns about installing them in the kitchen.

The main issue folks are afraid of having by installing wood floors in their kitchen is the issue of water damage. It is true that highly moist and damp environments are probably not a good place for hardwood floors because the water can damage the finish of the flooring. But how many times does your kitchen floor actually get wet other than when you are mopping it? Typically the dampest place in your home is the bathroom because that is where the largest amount of water is used. When you step out of a shower for instance, quite a bit of water comes out with you from your wet body, unless of course you dry off before you get out. Also as you brush your teeth and wash your face water can be tossed about and end up on the floor of the bathroom.

Now let’s think about water and our kitchen floor. Do you typically do things in your kitchen that will cause water to end up on the floor? Unless you accidentally drop something you are cooking on the floor, the answer to this question is no you don’t. On the rare occasions you spill something wet in the kitchen you typically clean it up right away.

As you can see, the kitchen is a perfectly safe place to include hardwood flooring in your home. One of the great things about installing hardwoods in your kitchen instead of tile is that it is warmer to your feet and is a lot less slippery in the event that something does get spilt. I would say then, that yes it is safe to install wood floors in your kitchen; it is actually a good flooring choice for your kitchen and other areas of your home as well.

Before you do decide to install hardwood in your kitchen you should take a few things into consideration such as how much traffic your kitchen gets and if your kitchen receives a good amount of sunlight. If your kitchen is a busy place then you will want to make sure and fix any scratches or dings that may occur quickly to avoid a refinishing project. Also if your kitchen has a lot of sunlight you may want to avoid area rugs because they can cause your floor to show signs of fading.

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