At Fame Hardwood Floors, we specialize in finding the right hardwoods for every room in your home. In recent years, hardwood flooring has become increasingly popular in kitchen remodeling. Hardwoods are stylish additions to kitchens that can last over a hundred years while maintaining their beauty and elegance. Modern finishing techniques ensure that a variety of hardwood types are waterproof and durable enough for kitchen areas. Here are some of our top suggestions for types of hardwood ideal for kitchens:
OAK HARDWOOD FLOORING
Oak is great for kitchens because it's quite hard and durable across all of its subspecies. Oak ages exceptionally well and comes in colors that range from almost white to dark brown to dark red. There's a color of oak to match every kitchen. European oak is a particularly fine choice for kitchen areas because it's typically even harder than American oak. Reclaimed oak, made of wood salvaged from things like barns and ships can add some rustic flair to kitchens.
As mentioned, the hardness of oak may vary depending on subspecies. White oak, which has around a 1360 hardness rating on the Janka scale is softer than live oak, which has a 2,680-hardness rating on the same scale. Both are suitable for kitchens, however. As a rule of thumb, a hardness rating of at least 1,000 is ideal for the kitchen and other highly trafficked areas of the house.
Parquet flooring is an attractive mosaic of wood pieces. In terms of possible design options, parquet opens up a world of possibilities for fun and unique styles. Chevron, triangle, square, and curved patterns are all available. The hardness rating of different types of parquet varies, so be sure to research the hardness rating of a type you're interested in before investing in it. A high-quality, water-resident topcoat should be applied to parquet floors in kitchen areas.
These are some of the ideal hardwood choices for kitchens, and each can have a wonderful effect on the overall appearance of a kitchen area. Contact us at Fame Hardwood Floors to discuss possibilities for your kitchen!