Common wisdom for home decorating and flooring has always told us that moisture is the enemy of hardwood floors. With this in mind, no one would install hardwood flooring in a kitchen, right? Changes in home decorating styles and improvements in materials have allowed hardwood floors to enter the kitchen for the first time in a long time. Why would a homeowner want to install hardwood floors in the kitchen? How could those floors withstand water damage?
The answer to the “why” is open floor plans. Modern trends are opening up the floor plans of homes, blending rooms together and removing divided spaces. This has also extended to the kitchen, in which family rooms and kitchens are beginning to meld into one space. Having an abrupt change from a hardwood floor to a vinyl or tile floor eliminates the open space and can separate the two rooms just as much as a wall.
To preserve hardwood floors in the kitchen and protect against water damage, manufacturers can pre-treat the wood with a durable sealant like polyurethane. This type of sealed wood does not require waxing and can be easily cleaned with a broom and mop. The best part is that the wood is now protected from water damage. The floor will have to be resealed every five or six years to maintain its protective barrier, however.
Advances in technology have allowed styles to change, incorporating hardwood floors in kitchens. Not too many years ago, this idea would be unheard of, and no contractor or homeowner would try it. Now, more options are on the table for both remodeling and new constructions.