Add Wood Flooring To Your Kitchen As A Unique Option

Kitchen with wood flooring

While recent remodeling trends for kitchen flooring have concentrated on ceramic and porcelain tiles, some homeowners are breaking out of the mold and instead choosing a type of wood flooring for their kitchens. Wood floors add warmth and personality to a room. Based on the type of material you use, it can be durable as it requires low maintenance to clean.

You will have several options when choosing the right flooring for your kitchen. Keep in mind your budget and wood preferences so you will have the type of kitchen flooring that you will love to have in your home.

Types of Wood

Homeowners are getting very creative with their wood floor choices. Some are picking the same wood that they have for their cabinets, giving their kitchens a uniform look. Don't be resigned to just picking between oak or pine. Wood flooring for kitchens have expanded to red oak, maple, hickory, Brazilian cherry, teak, ash and cherry.

If you are concerned with the environment and want more sustainable types of wood materials to reduce your carbon footprint, you may choose to have bamboo or reclaimed hardwood that gives a vintage look.

Wood Finishes

How the wood is finished can affect the appearance and durability of the planks in your kitchen. Some people will look into a simple wax and oil to give the boards a weathered appearance as this fits perfectly into vintage and aged decor. Unfortunately, wax and oil does not offer the same protection as other finishes. You will have to continually wax the floor.

For a tougher sealer, you can pick pre-treated wood sealed with polyurethane. You will only have to seal the wood every five years as you will need to sweep and mop the surface to keep the floor clean.

Prices of Wood Materials

The price for the installation will be determined by the type of wood and the amount of the material you need for the size of the kitchen. Most installations can cost you between $4 to $8 per square foot. If you are seeking a cheaper alternative, you can decide on engineered wood flooring.

Adding Wood to Your Kitchen Floor

If you are thinking about adding wood floors to your home, you will have to consider the disadvantages. A wood floor can scratch and dent from the amount of foot traffic in the room as well as dropped pots on the surface. Wood can also warp from too much moisture and humidity, as large spills that get underneath the wood can begin to form mold. So take these factors into consideration if you choose to have wood flooring in your kitchen.

Wood flooring can look beautiful and last for a lifetime if properly cleaned and maintained. So skip the tile and stone aisle at your local home remodeling store and instead look at the types of wood material you can place into your home. You will have tons of options to create the perfect look for your newly updated kitchen.