Thoughts about wood floor in kitchen?
aeb2005
March 31, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Hi folks,

We are considering putting wood flooring in our kitchen, but I'm concerned about the upkeep and the water issues. it looks nice, and would be super convenient, but is it practical? Anyone out there have wood flooring in their kitchen?

We are considering this for three reasons. One, we over-ordered and have plenty. Two, the hallway runs alongside the kitchen and is wood, but the line where the kitchen tile meets the wood would be on a diagonal in the corner and open on two other sides to the wood floor. i'm just worried that it will look strange. Three, our kitchen is on the smaller side for our neighborhood (10x11 roughly), and I think the continuous flooring may help the place flow nicely and look bigger.

Thoughts? I'm not willing to sacrifice function for design here, so if you've had any issues with wood floors in the kitchen, please let me know.
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feeny
No issues at all. The wood floors in our kitchen are 90 years old and still going strong, last refinished 20 years ago.
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orangecamera
You may want to take a look at this thread, which is ongoing. http://www.houzz.com/discussions/412888/Small-Kitchen-Question
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aeb2005
Thanks! Our floors are quarter sawn oak, not engineered wood. Don't know if that make s a difference.
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feeny
Quarter sawn oak is one of the most durable woods for flooring, and one of the best choices for a kitchen because of that. But be sure to have them finished and polyurethaned on site because that way the polyurethane gets into the cracks as well, sealing them against spills (unlike with prefinished wood, where the cracks between the boards are left unsealed and thus vulnerable to water from spills seeping through).
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aeb2005
Thanks feeny! do you need to reseal them every so often?
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olldcan
Our oak floor was installed and finished (3 coats) on site, 14 years ago. We had the living room, dining room and kitchen done, no transitions. 14 years, 3 boys, 3 dogs later, I anticipate we will refinish in the next 3-5 years.
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Dytecture
no water issues with wood flooring at all, it's softer on your feet and looks great especially with open concept designs where the kitchen is opened to the main seating area.
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susiequsie10860
We just redid out kitchen about 18 months ago. When with wood (engineered I think) and so far haven't looked back at all. I love everything about my kitchen but love out floor choice just about the most. I looks spectacular (we went with dark, distressed appearance.) So easy to keep clean. Can you tell I love it?
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brandeearyn
I have oak floors in my kitchen that were finished on site and love them. The only thing to consider is putting tile under your refrigerator. I was out of town for a few days when my neighborhood lost power. My freezer defrosted and drained, and the standing water made the wood warp in that area.
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