Solid wood kitchen floors are a bad idea!
Popular questions regarding solid wood kitchen floors include “Why cant i put solid wood in my kitchen?” and “can i get a solid wood kitchen floor?”
The truth is that your solid wood flooring is not suitable for high humidity areas as the rapid changes in moisture and temperature cause the floor to move, shift, split and bow.
These unsuitable areas for real wood include bathrooms, kitchens and conservatorys. That is the key reasons why it’s unsuitable to have a solid wood kitchen floor.
What is likely to happen if I put solid wood on my kitchen floor?
Any professional flooring company will inform you that solid wood is unsuitable for kitchens, conservatory’s and bathrooms. However if you choose to ignore the advice of not getting a solid wood kitchen floor in these areas, your likely to experience the following problems.
Solid Wood - unsuitable in Kitchens:
Due to the high humidity and change in temperatures your solid wood in the kitchen space will likely absorb a high amount of moisture. As the real wood in your kitchen absorbs too much water the wood will soften and slowly become bowed.
As a result its highly likely that the real wood in your kitchen will suffer from bowing. Thats the short answer of what will happen when you put unsuitable solid wood in a kitchen area.
The result will be boards across your kitchen floor bowing (u-shaped) and your kitchen floor will likely be ruined in a matter of months. Your solid wood kitchen floor will also expand beyond its normal tolerence and possibly split.
Solid wood unsuitable in bathrooms:
Similar to the problems in a kitchen. Your solid wood floor in a bathroom will suffer from bowing and alot of expansion and contracting throughout the seasons.
Meaning your solid wood bathroom floor likely be ruined within a year due to too cold and damp conditions.
Water and solid wood simply does not mix well.
Solid wood unsuitable in convservatorys:
Putting solid wood ini a conservatory is not a good idea it’s unsuitable for multiple reasons which will damage the floor. A conservatory has a range of different temperatures and moisture levels which rapidly change throughout the year.
In summer the atmosphere is usually hot with little moisture and alot of sunlight. In winter it’s cold and damp. This makes a solid wood floor unsuitable for a conservatory as you will end up with a host of problems.
Your solid wood floor will expand and contract beyond normal levels and will also become destorted in shape from the winter months softening the wood. Once your solid wood conservatory boards have warped they will stay that shape and the floor will almost certainly split due to rapid changes in the humidity and temperature.
Your real wood conservatory floor will also change colour with sunlight so for all of the reasons above, real wood flooring is completely unsuitable in a conservatory area.
Things to remember
Solid wood flooring is a real wood cut from a tree and is often described as a living floor. This means the tree like charcteristics still exist in your floor regardless of how its been treated.
With that in mind your solid wood floor will absorb moisture from the environment around including the air and sub floor. A solid wood floor in the correct area looks fantastic and will last a lifetime if looked after and maintained. Not suitable for kitchens, bathrooms and conservatory areas.
If you like the idea of the solid wood look in your kitchen or any of the areas above then an engineered wood floor is the answer. This is basically cross laid plywood that is glued and press together with a real wood or real oak vaneer on the top.
This means that the plywood backing will hold your real wood in place and prevent it from swelling and because its got a solid back your solid wood floor cant bow and it is very unlikely the real wood vaneer would split.
When you weigh everything up, engineered is in fact a better option all around for any room. It’s very stable and because you can only sand down to the groove on your solid oak planks, your engineered wood can be sanded down to the same level.
In a direct comparison you can sand down both types of floors to the same level. However the engineered would can be put in any room, is more stable, doesn’t split, and doesnt bow. So it is more versatile, looks exactle the same but you have none of the problems that can occure with a solid wood plank thats say oak all the way through!
I hope this has answered your questions about solid wood in a kitchen but if you have any questions, drop me a line! al be happy to help!