Wood Flooring is now one of the most popular floorings for Kitchen Remodeling projects. But get to know your woods – start with the basics first. There are different types for different applications, site conditions, budgets, etc. Talk with your Designer or Builder about your needs and expectations for your wood flooring so they can make the best evaluation for your Kitchen Remodeling project.
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Always a winner. Put it everywhere, except of course the bathrooms. You can never go wrong with hardwood. We have clients hesitant about putting it in the kitchen, but after many years of personal use and installing it for clients, it has worked out beautifully. Just make sure you’re getting the right thing. Kraus wood is our top favorite. Great product and a great price-point. (We have put it thru many of our on-site tests.) There are many variations of hardwood, just as there are many species of wood. Woods have a hardness factor that you can check out thru the Janka Hardness Scale, select what suits your purpose. Size: years ago, solid hardwoods were 3/4″ thick wood. Now there are many different sizes for different applications. For solid hardwood, we would not recommend anything under 3/8″ wood.
Engineered Wood Floors
Are getting better all the time. Just make sure its got a solid wood veneer on the face and a UV cured urethane and aluminum oxide finish. For me, I always get samples, and it also has to pass the water test. Get a sample with at least three boards together, pour a cup of water on top of the finished surface and let it sit there overnight. Take a look at how the edges of the individual boards did and how the backing did. Someday you may have a puppy or baby that will give your floor a “water” test, and you want to find out how it reacts first. I tried many engineered woods with this test, and the one with the best passing grade of my particular test was Kraus.
Laminate floors are getting better. But they are still facsimiles of wood. They are a great price point, but depending on the room application, you might want to look at the newer vinyls, and I don’t mean sheetgoods.
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