Wood flooring in homes is classic and timeless.
Even so, when it comes to wood flooring ideas for your kitchen, there are a lot more options out there than you may realize. “Classic hardwood” is the standard and mental picture in everyone’s minds when thinking of wood flooring.
Also, consider the width layout of your floorboards; you aren’t obligated to have your kitchen wood floor consist of only parallel boards. There are lots of different wood floor trends out there that go beyond just what materials or wood type is used.
Continue reading to learn more about different variables to consider when trying different wood flooring ideas for your kitchen!
Type #1 – Reclaimed Wood
Reusing reclaimed wood is great for more than stylish furniture.
Woods like the American Chestnut are either extinct or so rare that they aren’t allowed to be sold for commercial purposes. Wood can be reclaimed and reused from resources like old barns, homes, and other buildings which are often constructed of large, quality timbers.
We live in a world of diminishing natural resources, over-forestation and environmental concerns. Using reclaimed wood helps to preserve our forests by reducing the need for virgin timber. Generally, processing this wood has less impact on the environment than felling, transporting and processing new lumber and the varieties recovered can include those not available naturally. -GreenBusinessWatch.org
Using reclaimed wood for your kitchen flooring is a great way to repurpose quality wood and building materials. It’s not only more environmentally friendly, using reclaimed wood can be the more sturdy choice and can add character and style to your home.
Type #2: Engineered Hardwood
Engineered Hardwood is great for kitchens because it maintains the appearance of real hardwood but is more durable and provides more stability.
Engineered wood floors behave a little differently than plank floors do; they tend to be easier to install and they’re usually less expensive than solid planks. -Houzz
Because of its top layer of sealed plywood over a synthetic board, engineered hardwood is better at blocking moisture than regular wood, though it’s not as waterproof as tile. Another benefit is that it comes in many varieties, colors, sizes, and patterns that are easy to clean.
Type #3 – Bamboo
Using bamboo as a material for kitchen flooring is growing in popularity.
Bamboo flooring is an eco-friendly flooring option that provides both style and durability. It can be a surprisingly strong material while still being comfortable for you to stand on. Bamboo is an easily available natural resource and can be used a flooring material in both natural and engineered forms, just like wood.
Bamboo can be susceptible to moisture and water damage, so it is important to clean spills immediately and to install a waterproof underlayment when putting bamboo flooring into your home.
Along with other textures, sizes, and finishes, there are a lot of ways you can try something new with your wood floors.
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