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Virginia Hardwood – Considerations for a New Kitchen Floor

By Steve Kayhill

Few homeowners consider the possibility of Virginia hardwood in their kitchen when they think about new flooring options during a remodel or kitchen renovation. More than any other surface in your home, the kitchen floor takes the most abuse; juice, dirty shoes, food spills, children running through the home, etc. A high traffic room like the kitchen needs a floor that can withstand the modern family, and hardwood is a great option as long as you’re willing to maintain the floor you install.

Consider the Finish – Kitchens are high traffic areas, so the finish you have on your floor is going to be vital to its survival. Most finishes used in newer floors are suitable for a kitchen environment. Clear water-base finish is the most appropriate thanks to its low maintenance and durability. Likewise, water-base helps the wood retain its natural color.

Oil based finishes are a traditional choice but they don’t last as long as other finishes and will fade much faster over the years. Due to the fact that this type of finish requires frequent maintenance it’s not an ideal choice for busy households or those with a lot children or pets. Likewise, oil finishes offer only a surface coat with limited protection whereas water-based finishes deeply penetrate the wood

Consider the Sheen – the sheen is important to consider for your hardwood floor, especially in a high traffic environment like the kitchen. You can opt for a low sheen finish like a satin or for something with a higher gloss. A satin sheen is often preferred simply because it hides the dirt and food particles that will inevitably fall to the floor while you’re working in your kitchen.

Types of wood – Different types of wood all apply a different sense of style and character to your home and can either work for or in contrast with the architecture of your kitchen. Durability also varies depending on whether you choose a hardwood or a softwood style flooring material.

If you opt for a softer wood for your kitchen floor, such as pine, you’ll notice that the wood can dent more easily through normal use even if the wood is treated with a protective sealant. This may be preferable to some people, as a distressed pine floor can offer a very rustic appeal to an old-world kitchen design. When choosing between woods, consider the grain and how that will look against the other dcor in your kitchen to find the style that best suits you.

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