An NJ HOME reader recently asked us which flooring materials to consider as she renovates her kitchen. Her question: “I have my heart set on wood floors in the kitchen, but I like to mop. Any suggestions as to the most durable wood and finish?”
We sought the expertise of Judi Crook, ASID, CID, owner and principal designer of Middletown-based Kaleidoscope Interior Design. Here’s what she recommends:
“Many factors should be considered when selecting the best wood floor for your kitchen: the look and color you are going for, your budget and performance. Different woods inherently have specific color undertones and grain patterns—for example, red oak has red undertones. The most durable species are hardwoods such as oak, maple and hickory.
“Solid wood planks are a great option because they can be sanded and refinished many times. Engineered wood may or may not be able to be refinished depending on the thickness of the top layer, and it has limitations on how many times it can be refinished. Solid wood is preferred for longevity and value. Any spills should be cleaned immediately. Prefinished wood floors have factory-applied finishes.
“A durable option for site-stained and -finished products is a polyurethane finish, which range from matte to satin to glossy. Matte provides a clean, contemporary style. If you prefer a little shine, satin is more subtle than a high-gloss. Matte and low-gloss hide scratches better than high-gloss.
“Remember, your mop should be damp so as not to saturate your wood floor.”
Do you have an interior design question you’d like to ask our experts? Email it to our editor, Rita Guarna, at firstname.lastname@example.org. To read more advice from New Jersey interior designers, read Ask The Experts in our Winter Issue.