When it comes to kitchen design, it’s hard to find a flooring option that’s more popular than hardwood. When you think about it, it’s not hard to see why: They add charm and warmth to your home, they bring in a feeling of nature, and every board is unique. However, despite all its pros, some say that wood flooring isn’t the best option in a kitchen. At Mission West Kitchen & Bath, we don’t think there are any rights or wrongs in kitchen design. Read on as we dive deep into this argument.
Pro: Hardwood flooring adds style
If you’re looking for a rustic, classic style, then you can’t beat hardwood floors. They’re classic, they’re alluring, and they can fit in with virtually any kitchen countertop, appliances, etc. If you have hardwood in other rooms of the home and you have or want an open floor plan, then hardwood in the kitchen is a no-brainer for continuity.
Con: They’re expensive
There’s no way around it: Installing hardwood floors is expensive. You can expect to pay as much as $15 and at least $4.50 for each wood plank. Installation costs are also more costly than they are for other floors. You can expect to pay between $4.50 to $10 per square foot. This process is cumbersome, difficult, and takes quite a while. It’s also something that should be done by a professional.
Pro: They have an excellent return on your investment
While it’s true that it’s more expensive to install hardwood floors compared to other options like laminate and tile, it’s also true that hardwood will likely increase the value of your home. This is important in any remodeling project – especially a kitchen. If you intend that you may sell your home during its kitchen’s lifetime, then you should take into consideration that your wood floors will likely be a selling point.
Con: They require a lot of maintenance
If you want your hardwood floors to keep looking shiny and polished, then you’ll need to make sure they’re both sanded and stained every ten or fifteen years. This can be expensive if you hire a contractor and extremely time consuming if you do it on your own.
Pro: They’re extremely durable
Though they do need maintenance to keep looking great, there’s no flooring more durable than wood. They can last a lifetime if you maintain them correctly. Choose a strong wood, such as ash or oak, and consider wire brushed finishes in higher traffic areas if you want them to retain a polished look. Remember too that any minor flaws are simply part of the charm of hardwood floors.
At the end of the day, if you want the best kitchen makeover possible, you want to work with Mission West Kitchen & Bath. Reach out to us via phone by calling (626) 799-3503 or stop by our showroom. You’ll be impressed with the incredible number of options we offer for kitchen remodels.