Jerri Nicholson Flooring November 09th, 2018 - 04:32:41
Kitchen floor, something we absolutely must discuss it's one of the first decisions you will have to make when designing your kitchen, but any designer will tell you that your choice of flooring is a key decision when trying to create a balanced space. So let me start with something a little more traditional, and that would be the wood surfaces now hardwood throughout is one of the most common phrases I hear when it comes to real estate agents and buyers. People love having hardwood on their main floor, especially, but there's a lot of controversy as to where do you start and stop with this product, and can you run it into the kitchen?.
So I'm looking at some solid hardwoods first here, a solid hardwood means that the piece is actually milled from one solid piece: it's consistent throughout. Traditionally, this is how hardwood floors were made and they were laid in strips, could be refinished many times, but in a kitchen area where there's a tremendous amount of traffic and possibly even water spilling over people are concerned, because there can be some swelling. There can be some damage now if maintained properly and with some of the per-finished products we have these days.
Hardwood can look beautiful and can work well in a kitchen, but we've seen something evolve in hardwood floors. We'Ve seen engineered hardwood become quite a popular choice. Engineered hardwoods, still true hardwood on top, but in between, we have horizontally opposed compatible pieces of hardwood. It is engineered laminated together. It actually performs better than a true piece of hardwood, because it's not as susceptible to water or humidity fluctuations.
It comes in just as many varieties, just as many species. The only difference is the veneer on top of an engineered piece of hardwood is thinner. So if you are looking at refinishing it multiple times you're going to run out of space. So that's something to be concerned with the other thing that we've seen a trend with these engineered hardwoods is that they are getting wider because it is an engineered piece with a veneer on top. You can actually get wider pieces as well.
So if you're going to go hardwood in the kitchen, I would typically recommend an engineered product. It will perform better. It needs less maintenance. Now the other big option people ask is tile and when it comes to tile, I'm really looking at two specific products. We'Ve got your porcelain and we've got your ceramics.