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Which Type of Denver Hardwood Should You Use In Your Kitchen?


Are you remodeling your kitchen? Besides installing new countertops and buying new appliances, you want to consider upgrading to a Denver hardwood floor. But, there are many different types of wood on the market, so which is the best choice for your kitchen floor?

Engineered Wood
Engineered wood consists of several different layers of wood that are combined together to create a more durable, long-lasting material. It’s recommended that you choose engineered wood over solid hardwood if you plan on putting it on your kitchen floor. Why? Engineered wood tends to be more resistant to stains and liquid, so if you spill something while cooking in the kitchen, you don’t have to worry as much about damaging your floors. It’s also less vulnerable to humidity and more low maintenance than solid wood floors, so it’s a great choice for high traffic areas such as the kitchen. Choose your flooring: solid wood vs. engineered wood.

Texture
If you’re worried about denting or scratching your hardwood floors, it’s strongly recommended that you choose a textured wood for your kitchen. For example, wire brushed wood has a subtle texture on its surface that will help disguise any dents or scratches. Plus, textured wood is much more unique than wood with a smooth surface, so it will add a great deal of character to your kitchen.

Finish
Be sure to choose a water-resistant finish for your wood to protect it from spills that are likely to occur in the kitchen. You will also have to decide whether you want the wood to have a glossy or matte finish. Some homeowners prefer a shiny finish, but if you want to preserve the beauty of your floors, it may be best to choose a matte or semi-gloss finish. This is because dents and scratches are much more noticeable in glossier finishes, but a matte finish can disguise these imperfections fairly well. Plus, a glossy finish may add too much shine to your kitchen if you already have shiny appliances and countertops. If you want to keep your kitchen floors looking brand new for years to come, play it safe and choose a matte finish.

Species
Do a little research on the Janka Hardness Scale before choosing which species of wood you want in your kitchen. The more durable a species of wood is, the better it will be on your kitchen floor. Some of the most durable species that are frequently used in residential kitchens are oak, maple, and hickory. White oak in particular is known for its durability and resistance to heavy foot traffic. Keep this in mind as you go about choosing the perfect hardwood floor for your kitchen.

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