For many of us, the kitchen is the heart of our homes, with style being just as important as practicality and easy maintenance. With wood flooring growing ever more popular, many homeowners are considering it in their kitchens. While wood flooring certainly comes with its own benefits, it’s not always the best choice for the kitchen.

The good news is that there’s plenty of other options that will give you easier maintenance at a cheaper price and just as stylish!

Solid wood is everyone’s favourite and is without a doubt one of the most luxurious flooring choices available. Not only does it look fantastic, but is also very durable and will last for a lifetime if cared for properly often outliving those who placed it! However with this being said, we wouldn’t recommend it in your kitchen and with some good reasons!

The first and most important reason to consider is that wood is no good when it comes into contact with too much water or moisture, which as you can imagine is no good at all when it comes to the kitchen! Especially when you have little kids running about dropping their fruit juice everywhere, it will end up being a massive worry to you and we know this is the last thing you need when you’re a busy parent!

The other thing is that solid wood isn’t any good when it’s exposed to fluctuating temperatures, therefore under-floor heating is a big no! This is a feature that is especially popular in main living areas such as the kitchen and sitting room, so it’s good to make sure you’re aware of this before you set your heart on solid wood. If this is something that you’re planning to install or already have in your home, then we’d go for engineered wood as it is compatible with fluctuating temperatures.

However, wood certainly comes with it’s own benefits when it comes to its usefulness in the kitchen. You can sand down any stains and scratches, which is like a dream come true when it comes to busy rooms such as the kitchen! This should not normally need to be done for the first 15-20 years, so this is more of a long term solution!

In terms of everyday cleaning, solid wood does require a little more maintenance than alternatives, so just be aware of this! We’d recommend purchasing specialist cleaner and dry mop, as well as being careful of what vacuum and brush end you use – sometimes the bristles can scratch!

With all these factors to consider, it’s probably best to at least look at other options for the kitchen. Since your kitchen is amongst the highest foot traffic areas in the home, something that’s going to cope with lots of usage like solid wood is important, but with easier maintenance.

Laminate and luxury vinyl tiles are the obvious choices, with them being very resilient to heavy domestic use without showing wear. Additionally, laminate is resistant to scratches, stains and water, where LVT is proof against all these. These are all elements your kitchen floor will have to deal with, so to give yourself an easy ride we’d go for these above wood flooring.

Now we know what you’re thinking. The main reason that solid wood is so popular is that it’s so gorgeous and authentic and you don’t want to sacrifice it’s good looks by going for laminate or LVT. But you don’t need to, both of these flooring options convincingly replicate the look of real wood that often it’s hard to tell them apart! As well as a much easier cleaning routine, laminate and LVT are virtually unstoppable in the kitchen!

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