Three Popular Wood Varieties To Consider For Your Kitchen Flooring

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When it comes to revamping your kitchen floors, you have a lot of options. You can choose laminate, concrete, or tile, just to name a few of the materials available to you. Wood is a popular choice because of its beauty and classic quality. If you've chosen wood for your kitchen remodel, your decisions don't stop there. There are many varieties of wood, each with its own set of pros and cons in terms of durability, maintenance, and aesthetic characteristics. Here is a brief overview of three of the most popular kinds of wood.

Oak

Oak is a very versatile wood with a heavy, interesting grain and a variety of color choices. When choosing a color, keep in mind that oak often fades. Be sure to keep the sun off of it whenever you can. Oak is one of the most durable types of wood, making it a great choice for kitchens that get a lot of foot traffic. It is not, however, totally scratch resistant. When living with any type of wood flooring, it is a good idea to attach pads or plastic sliders to the bottom of furniture legs and to make sure pet toenails are trimmed. 

Cherry

Cherry wood is known for its rich reddish color, and tends to be on the pricier side. Be aware that the color will likely get darker over time. Cherry is a strong wood, but with just enough softness to it that it sands easily. If you want an exceptionally smooth, glossy look for your kitchen, cherry might be the way to go.

Knotty Pine

Knotty pine is usually light in color, and has the added character of dark knots throughout it. Unlike oak and cherry, pine is a soft wood. This means extra work in keeping pine floors looking good, as they are not as durable as other options. Consider using rugs to protect your floors in heavily used areas, and making a rule that no shoes (especially high heels) come in the kitchen. You will also want to apply a finish every five to seven years. These measures will help you enjoy the rustic charm of pine floors far into the future. 

These are just three of your many options to get you started in your search for the perfect flooring material for your kitchen. A new floor is an exciting way to freshen up a room and pull together all the elements of your kitchen. It is up to you to decide where your priorities and preferences are when choosing a wood variety.

To get a sense of the aesthetic each style will bring to your home, you may find sample squares of hardwood flooring colors from places like Precision Builders to be extremely valuable, as you can see the way each looks in your kitchen, and play around with side-by-side comparisons. Take the time you need to study your options and select the best floor for your home. A well-chosen floor can help keep your home beautiful and in good condition for many years to come. 

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30 January 2015

All About Building a Home

Welcome to my website. I'm Albert Frost. Besides my dad, one of my biggest role models was my uncle Rick. He was a construction contractor who would let me come on his construction sites and also taught me everything he knew about building homes, including how to install hardwood flooring and add insulation. I always wanted to grow up to build houses like my uncle. I used to help my uncle with a lot of the grunt work needed to make a home a reality. But then I hurt my back playing football. Until I heal completely, I'm going to devote as much of my time as possible to teaching others about various construction topics I'm interested in.