Hardwood Flooring in Kitchens Review: Pros and Cons

Pros and Cons of 5 Popular Kitchen Flooring Materials

Hardwood is regarded as one of the most desirable of flooring materials, and it almost always adds value to a home. But it’s also well known among professionals that hardwood floors are somewhat high-maintenance and are a poor choice for wet locations. Some flooring manufacturers make claims that the factory finishes make their products water-resistant, but it’s worth noting that they are never described as waterproof. Hardwood is easily discolored by water and the can fibers swell, which can cause the entire flooring surface to buckle. Manufacturers always caution against the installation of hardwood in rooms where wet conditions are likely, and even installation against concrete slabs is questionable since moisture can migrate through the concrete.

And yet, there is a gray area when it comes to kitchens since these rooms can best be described as semi-moist, or sporadically moist. It may be possible to use hardwood as a flooring material, but much depends on the nature of your household. A very busy household or a home designed so that traffic comes directly into the kitchen from a pool deck or garage is probably not the best place for a wood floor. If you are considering wood flooring for the kitchen, you will have to take some precautions, and also keep in mind some of the other qualities of hardwood that might make you reconsider its use.

-Attractive surface
-Can be refinished
-Increases home value
-Softer, warmer than tile

-Susceptible to water damage, scratches, dents
-High maintenance
-Difficult for DIYers to install