Hardwoods are known for their traditional style that brings warmth and comfort to a home. Considering kitchens are often dubbed “the heart of the home,” it comes as no surprise that many people opt for hardwood floors in this room. However, hardwoods are known for being susceptible to scratches, dents, and moisture damage – things that are likely to occur in a kitchen. Some hardwoods are better suited for this kind of wear and tear, and here at Floor Coverings International Dakota County, we can help you choose the best wood floors for hiding and resisting damage in your Eagan kitchen.
Janka Hardness Rating
Your kitchen floor should be hard enough to withstand the occasional dropped pan or dish. For this reason, you’ll want to look for hardwoods with higher Janka ratings. One of the most durable hardwood floors you can choose for your kitchen is Brazilian walnut. This wood has a Janka hardness rating of 3,680 and is one of the hardest woods on the market. For comparison, the common red oak has a rating of 1,260. Since Brazilian walnut is so hard, it will be more resistant to scratches and dents. It also has a wide grain pattern that helps to disguise damage.
You may want to opt for lighter color floors in your kitchen, as this will help hide any foot traffic wear or scratches on your hardwood floors. For this reason, white oak makes a great choice. White oak is slightly harder than the average hardwood, with a Janka rating of 1,360. The light coloring of this floor will give it an advantage over darker floors, and it can make a beautiful addition to any variety of kitchen designs. It also has tighter, straighter grain patterns that will help to conceal any scratches in your floor.
Choosing the Right Finish
The finish on your hardwoods can make all the difference when it comes to spill resistance. Clear, water-based finishes tend to be the best, as they are very strong against spills and can be touched up easily. You may also consider having your floors site-finished instead of pre-finished. Having your floors site-finished gives you the chance to have an extra top layer of sealant over your floors that ensures even the grooves between planks are spill-proofed. Finally, go for a low-gloss finish to better disguise any scratches and dents.
Call Your Local Hardwood Experts Today
No matter what kind of action your kitchen sees, you can still have that beautiful hardwood look without sacrificing the durability of your floors. Call Floor Coverings International Dakota County today for a free, in-home consultation, and learn more about our hardwood flooring selection for your home in the Burnsville, Apple Valley, Eagan, & St. Paul area.
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