Wood is a very popular flooring option for many homeowners all over the world, so much so that they choose to have it installed in all flooring surfaces of their homes—from the living room to their bedrooms, and yes, even in their custom-built kitchens. It is quite understandable, especially when you go online or browse through home improvement magazines and see those beautiful pictures of homes with wood flooring. There’s something about the look and feel of wood that’s difficult to match with other flooring options.
But there are homeowners—like those who are undergoing kitchen renovations and are contemplating having wood floors installed—who question the idea of having wood floors in the kitchen. All the foot traffic, spilled liquids, dropped kitchen utensils—wouldn’t these be too much for wood floors to handle? Is wood really a suitable flooring option for the kitchen?
In answer to these questions, the following guide is written. It is hoped that this will help you to determine whether wood floors are indeed for you and your kitchen, things you should consider when buying and installing wood floors during your kitchen renovations, as well as provide you with some insights as to how you can take better care of wood floors so you and your family can enjoy it for a long time to come.
Why Go for Wood Floors
There are several good points about wood floors worth mentioning. Many homeowners are already aware of these, which is why they usually ask for their current floor materials to be replaced with wood during their kitchen renovations.
Natural wood floors are beautiful—there’s no question about that. They have this timeless and elegant look that very few flooring options can match. They also come in a variety of colours (from blond to caramel and charcoal to black) and wood grain patterns—these are what gives wood their gorgeous appeal. You can also have them stained if you want to so that they match your custom cabinets. However, be sure to get stain samples first to make sure that the end product is exactly how you want it to.
Softer and Warmer Look
Wood does not only look beautiful—it also provides a warmer, softer, and more welcoming appeal. This is especially true when you compare it with tile or concrete floors which has a cold and hard look about them. Sure, you can place rugs here and there to soften the look of tile and concrete floors, but then you’ll have to worry about maintaining them in the long run. If you want your newly renovated or custom kitchens Sydney to look more inviting, then wood floors are definitely something worth considering.
With regard to interior design, the wood floor is very versatile and complements many interior design styles. Although these types of floors are usually associated with more traditional interior designs, they can also be used in modern and contemporary kitchens. Many homeowners who have wood floors in their living room will have the same installed in their custom-built kitchens Sydney for a seamless look.
The wood floor is tough, and if you take care of them properly, they will last for as long as the house stands, perhaps even longer. Note that proper and regular maintenance is a must, which includes sanding and refinishing the boards or planks every now and then. Many homeowners usually think that this is expensive and time-consuming, but it surely is worth it if you consider how much value it adds to your custom-built kitchens and your home overall should you decide to sell it.
Why You May Not Want Wood Floors
Despite the benefits of wood floors, it does have its own drawbacks. If you are doing your kitchen renovations in Sydney and you think that these cons far outweigh the pros, then you may want to skip having wood floors installed.
Amongst all the materials used as flooring, wood is certainly one of the most expensive. In fact, a large chunk of a homeowner’s budget for kitchen renovations will go to wood floors. Aside from the cost of the material, installation, and labor costs can also be expensive since they are more labor-intensive to install and finished.
Susceptible to Damage
Wood floors are strong and durable with proper maintenance, but they are still susceptible to damage like denting and scratching. High heels, pet claws and several other things can wreak havoc to wood and negatively impact its look and appeal. Another thing that can damage wood floors is direct sunlight. Wood floors tend to fade when they are exposed to too much sunlight such as is the case with custom-built kitchens with large windows.
Yes, wood floors need regular maintenance in order to keep them looking their best protect them from normal wear and tear. Maintenance is usually needed every ten years and will take several days to complete. Also, this process doesn’t come cheap.
Tile floors are probably the most water-resistant flooring option available, but wood isn’t too far away in the ranking. If you have them sealed and wipe away spills or puddles right away, you won’t have to worry about your wood floor being damaged. It is only standing water or a continuous leak that will cause any significant damage to the wood floor and ruin it. Homeowners who know these will usually have no second thoughts about having wood installed during their kitchen renovations.
Wood floors have a warm and soft look compared to tile floors. However, wood floors are just as hard. This makes them quite uncomfortable to be stand upon for very long periods of time. Mats and rugs can help with this problem though, but you should note that these add-ons have their own issues.
Choosing Hardwood Floors
There are different types of wood that can be used as a flooring option for newly renovated and custom built kitchens. Choosing which type will be best for you will depend on a lot of factors, but here are a few things to consider when you go shopping for wood floors.
Much of the wood floors’ characteristics (like hardness, graining, colours, etc.) will be determined by the wood species. There are many species of wood that homeowners who are undergoing kitchen renovations can choose from. There’s oak, hickory, walnut, birch, and others. For the more demanding homeowner, exotic wood species like teak and Brazilian cherry are also available.
Although wood floors already have their own unique texture, manufacturers can employ several other techniques that can help to add or enhance the texture of the wood. Homeowners who want their new planks of wood have a time-worn look can have them distressed with techniques like wire-brushing or chattering and more.
Wood floors also come in different sizes. There are wood planks that are more than three inches in width and suitable and offer a traditional and rustic look. There are also wood strips that are less than three inches and are more suitable for contemporary custom-built kitchens. You also have decorative parquet floors and wood tiles of varying sizes.
When it comes to surface finishes, you can choose from lacquers and oils. Whatever you choose, you need to make sure that they are strong enough to protect your wood floors from liquid and dropped objects and that they are easy to renew and restore. Also, keep in mind that you should never use harsh chemicals when cleaning wooden floors because it will remove the surface finish.
Kitchen Renovations in Sydney? We Can Help
During your kitchen renovations, you will certainly have to consider a lot of factors like whether to go for cheap factory-produced cabinets or the more expensive but beautiful custom cabinets or moving the sink to the other side of the room or leaving it there so you don’t have to spend extra dollars on moving the plumbing lines. Then there’s also the choice of what material to use for the kitchen floor—wood, tiles, vinyl, etc. As can be gleaned from the paragraphs above, wood floors are a great choice, but that doesn’t mean that they’re the perfect choice since there are certain issues that you will come across when you opt to have them installed in your kitchen.
If you’re having trouble deciding whether wood floors are indeed the right choice for you and your kitchen, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. As an industry leader in kitchen renovations Sydney and custom-built kitchen, we will make sure that you have all the necessary details you need in order to make a more informed decision. For more information about our range of products and services, do call us on 02 9484 3464. You can also drop by our showroom located in Ramsay Rd, Pennant Hills, NSW – 2120, so you can personally talk to one of our experts.