What Type of a Wood Floor is Best for My Kitchen?

Wood Species
Go with the hardest species you can find. Oak and ash are some of the strongest domestic wood species used in the manufacture of wood floors. Rich grain and exquisite texture of these species will not only make the floor look beautiful and unique, but also help disguise small dents and scratches that are bound to occur over time.

Surface Texture
Wood floors with a light texture and a polished finish are gorgeous, but will they look just as spotlessly perfect after a few pots, pans, and jars have been dropped on your floor? Probably not, which is why highly textured wood species and wire brushed finishes work so well in kitchens and other high trafficked areas. If anything, the floor only ends up looking better over time!

  • Installing Hardwood Flooring In a Kitchen
    In a kitchen, you want to make sure that you purchase a very dense, durable hardwood, and stay away from softwood floors that will be more prone to water damage and staining issues.

  • Finish Options for Natural Wood Flooring
    The protective coat created by this process is much more potent than anything that can be applied on site and can last up to five times longer than traditional self-applied finishes.

  • Maintaining Hardwood Floors In a Kitchen
    The most important thing that you can do to maintain your hardwood kitchen floors is to keep constant vigilance over them. You can test the finish on the floor by pouring a very small amount of water on it in some of the most highly trafficked areas. If it beads up the finish is fine.

  • How To Care for a Hardwood Floor
    The drawback is that the refinishing process is a big, messy job. It involves taking almost everything out of the kitchen and then bringing in big, loud equipment that sends sawdust flying through the air in every direction.

  • The Advantages of Hardwood In Kitchens
    Hardwood provides you with a softer, more yielding surface to stand on than most tile and hard surface flooring options. This also makes it less likely that items will shatter if accidentally dropped.

  • Floods and Leaks in Kitchens
    Unfortunately, each utensil that ties into the plumbing of your house, is a potential disaster waiting to happen. Small leaks can cause standing puddles, that will wear through the finish and seep down cracks to rot the floor from within.​​

The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) held the second Basic Installation training event of the…

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The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) held the second Basic Installation training event of the…

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The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) held the second Basic Installation training event of the year at its headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri last week, February 13-15.

The sold-out event, led by NWFA Regional Instructor, Ben Totta, Totta Hardwoods, included safety, an introduction to installation tools, exploring the many elements of job site preparation, and a variety of installation methods used when installing solid and engineered wood floors, including nail-down, glue-down, and floating.

“I think the most valuable thing about being at a school is getting comfortable with the tools and gaining the knowledge of when to use which tools,” says Jason Duron, owner of JD’s Flooring in St. Louis, Missouri. “If we ever want mistakes to happen, we want them to happen here and not on the job site. I’ve been doing this for 17 years and I’m still learning every day.”

“I always try to tell people, it doesn’t matter who you are and how long you’ve been doing this,” says Totta. “Every time you come to one of these classes you can learn something from everybody there and if you come in with that mindset, you’re going to get a lot out of it.”

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The NWFA would like to thank all of the students and instructors who made last week’s event a success:

STUDENTS

Ryan Alfaro, Wichita Wood Floor Specialists
Rafiq Alfred, Rafiq Alfred
Frank Chastain, Kenny’s Floor Coverings Inc.
Matt Edmondson, Luminous Flooring LLC
Jeff Endrise, The Master’s Craft
Anthony Fletcher, JD’s Flooring
Alex Galvan, The Master’s Craft
Michael Hytrek, Intermountain Wood Flooring
Whitney Jones, Wichita Wood Floor Specialists
Phillip Jordan, JD’s Flooring
Katie Knight, The Master’s Craft
Richard Laughlin, Intermountain Wood Flooring
Brandon Martin, Real Wood Floors
Conner McMahon, The Master’s Craft
Marcus Mote, The Master’s Craft
Melanie Paris, The Master’s Craft
Tyler Powell, Powernail Company Inc.
Tyler Riggs, The Master’s Craft
Matt Rott, Luminous Flooring LLC
Dan Ruhland, Real Wood Floors
Katelyn Shaw, The Master’s Craft
Anthony Smith, Certified Surface Inspections
Fred Smith, The Master’s Craft
Justin Spivey, Cumberland Lumber & Mfg. Co. Inc.
Andrew Williams, The Master’s Craft
John-Mark Wiseman, The Master’s Craft
Eric Zellmer, The Master’s Craft

INSTRUCTORS

Jack Boesch, MP Global Products
Jason Duron, JD’s Flooring
Mark Lamanno, Titebond
Charlie Lammers, MP Global Products
Wayne Lee, Middle Tennessee Lumber
Matt Thrane, Gehl Flooring Supply
Ben Totta, Totta Hardwoods

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