There are few better investments than installing new hardwood floors in your kitchen. Of course, not all hardwood floors are the same. They are available in a range of different sizes, styles, finishes, stains, wood types and price ranges. The most expensive wooden floors are those that are custom installed and made out of solid planks of hardwood. The cheapest floors are the engineered hardwoods that can be bought at most home improvement stores and installed by the consumer. These are convenient, but here are a few reasons why you should consider investing in custom, solid hardwood floors for your kitchen.
For many, the most attractive thing about custom floors is that they are made out of real, solid, thick pieces of wood. This means the floor is sturdier. A thick hardwood floor is much quieter than a thin, engineered floor. It can also help with insulation between your upper and lower floors (if it is being installed upstairs).
Added Style and Adaptability
Engineered floors usually have a laminate with a faux finish and texture. This texture never looks as good as the genuine article. The laminate looks a bit like plastic since it is shiny. Custom hardwood floors are stained with traditional clear coats. This highlights the natural grain and knots in the wood for a much more authentic look. Some hardwoods like cherry, maple and oak have especially rich textures that look great on a floor.
One of the best features of custom wood floors is that you can change the stain many times. You can sand off the top layer of your old floor and apply a different stain when you want to update your floor. The ability to change the stain on a custom floor is one of the best selling points. Laminated hardwood floors can never be refinished. The top layer of engineered hardwood is too thin to be sanded down. If you want to change the color of your engineered floor, the only option is to invest in a completely new product. If you like to frequently update or remodel your kitchen, custom floors are clearly the better option for you.
As you can see, there are many great reasons to invest in custom wood floors in your kitchen. If you can afford them, they are clearly superior to engineered floors in many aspects. They will add more value, uniqueness and durability to your kitchen.