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Can You Have Wood Floors In Kitchens?

August 15, 2014

A common question in the wood flooring world is whether or not wood floors are a good idea in kitchens.
Lots of people are in the situation whereby they’re refurbishing their kitchens and want to get the detail spot on. It may be that you’re doing a full kitchen renovation and re-design or it might be that you’ve opted only for a change of cabinet doors and worktops. Either way, a huge part of the overall “Wow” factor at the end of your efforts will depend on the flooring you choose.

A common question in the wood flooring world is whether or not wood floors are a good idea in kitchens. 

Lots of people are in the situation whereby they’re refurbishing their kitchens and want to get the detail spot on. It may be that you’re doing a full kitchen renovation and re-design or it might be that you’ve opted only for a change of cabinet doors and worktops. Either way, a huge part of the overall “Wow” factor at the end of your efforts will depend on the flooring you choose.

Should I choose solid or engineered wood flooring for my kitchen?

Lots of people argue that tiles, rubber, marble or slate are the most effective flooring options for kitchens, but many others seek out the warm and natural look that only comes with wood. There are two main types of wood flooring: Solid and Engineered. Solid wood flooring, as the name suggests is made from planks of solid wood and nothing else. Engineered wood flooring on the other hand is made from layers and layers of ply that are bonded together to form a really strong and stable core board which is then topped off with a top layer of solid wood.

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Because wood is a natural product, it expands and contracts as moisture and temperature levels rise and fall. While in small amounts this isn’t an issue, in the likes of a kitchen, where heat and steam are commonplace, it can become a problem. This is precisely why solid wood flooring isn’t recommended for fitting in kitchens.  

Having said that, there is no reason whatsoever that engineered wood flooring won’t be a great hit in your kitchen. Engineered wood flooring quite simply doesn’t expand and contract to the same extent as solid wood flooring, which means that it’ll withstand pretty much whatever your busy kitchen throws at it. As temperatures rise and steam starts to fill the atmosphere, it will expand, but only very slightly, contracting again once temperatures fall back to normal.  Because when you fit your floor you’ll have allowed for a 10-15mm expansion gap around the room, your floor will be comfortably able to deal with these challenges without batting an eyelid.

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All of that said, it is important in a kitchen environment that your engineered wood floor is well protected and that you are conscientious when it comes to mopping up spills and splashes. Any spills or splashes, whether grease or acid based (the likes of tomatoes) are best mopped up immediately. If left to sit on the surface of your floor, they could cause staining that would not only spoil the look of your floor, but could mean a lot of work to get rid of them.

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Humidity is another issue in kitchens that you need to be aware of if you choose engineered wood flooring. As you would expect, any excess water sitting on a wooden surface isn’t a good idea. Because of this, you should make sure that your plumbing is in good order and isn’t leaking. This, together with regularly checking washing machines and dishwashers  for water-tightness.  All of that said, one great thing about engineered wood flooring in kitchens is that you can plan around your plumbing to create unobtrusive, easy to access inspection points.  Inspection access points will make your life a whole lot easier in the event of plumbing problems and with a wood floor the can be made pretty much invisible.

Cleaning wood flooring in the kitchen.

When it comes to cleaning, a daily sweep and damp mop around should be all that’s required on a regular basis. However, regular topping up of finishes, such as oil or lacquer will make sure that your wood stays protected for the long run.

Installation options.

When fitting your engineered wood floor in a kitchen, either the click system, floating or glue-down methods will work. If you have under floor heating, it would be best to use the glue-down or floating installation method, depending on the type of under floor heating you have. Finally, if you happen to choose nail or staple down as your preferred fitting method, do be wary of inadvertently piercing any plumbing pipes as you go!

If you have any further questions regarding wood flooring for your kitchen or you are looking for an advice about the best flooring options for your home feel free to contact the ESB sales team. Contact us now to request your no hassle no obligation free samples or come down to our North London showroom for a closer look.

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