Hardwood! It’s music to the ears right?
- Easy to clean, more so than carpet when it comes to spills.
- Looks rich and upscale.
- Hard wearing, will last a long time.
So what are the issues when it comes to kitchens, is wood the best floor product for these high traffic areas?
When it comes to buying Barrington real estate there is no doubt that buyers like hardwood floors. As we move from room to room within a house there is a pattern that emerges which varies little with each buyer.
- Carpets are accepted in bedrooms but frowned upon in dining rooms.
- Ceramic tile is preferred in laundry rooms.
- Main level living spaces with hardwoods, ceramic, marble or stone tile are all acceptable with neutral tones being the preferred palette.
Back to hardwoods in kitchens. Now we know they are acceptable and often desired in kitchens, it’s fair to say that many homes moved to the all main level hardwood idea. But in kitchens there is water! Water and hardwoods are not the best of friends. Spills, splashes, or even worse can ruin the finish or trash a few planks; consider a dishwasher going wrong and ejecting water onto the floor! Just a little water can go a long way and cause a lot of damage.
I consider that kitchens should not be hardwoods, ceramic, marble, stone tiles seem to be a better choice of material, after all we put them in the laundry rooms for a very good reason!
What do you think?