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Is hardwood flooring good for kitchens?

Published: August 14, 2014

A popular trend for kitchens right now is hardwood flooring. Traditionally, people shy away from wood flooring in their kitchen – after all it’s an area of high traffic, spills and drops. Others have had hardwood floors for decades with beautiful results. Are you considering hardwood floor in your kitchen? We’ve outlined some popular pros and cons to consider. 

Pros & Cons of hardwood floor in kitchens 


  • The same pros that hold true for hardwood in any room are valid in the kitchen. Hardwood floors are warm, inviting and cozy. They are a beautiful, long-lasting investment that never goes out of style. 
  • Hardwood floors are comfortable underfoot in any season. They are also a bit more forgiving when you drop plates or glass on them – things that are almost certain to shatter when dropped on a tile floor.  
  • If you have an open floor plan and want hardwood floors, using them in your kitchen eliminates the need for any floor transitions.

Learn more about solid hardwood flooring available at Indianapolis wood flooring store Kermans.


  • Hardwood floors are expensive. 
  • Hardwood floors are easily damaged by water. 
  • Hardwood floors need to be carefully cared for – swept regularly and all spills wiped up immediately.

Still not sure if hardwood is right for you? 

Here are some tips to counteract the most common points against hardwood in the kitchen.

  • Pick a hard species of wood such as oak or ash. Their grain patterns and textures will also help disguise inevitable scratches and dents. 
  • Consider floating wood floors such as laminate or engineered wood for the same look but fewer concerns over wear and tear or water damage. 
  • Bamboo wood flooring and cork wood flooring are both more water resistant and tough species of wood to handle the high traffic of a kitchen.

Download our free guide to choosing the perfect kitchen floor

Kermans is the best source of hardwood flooring in Indianapolis. Stop by our showroom on the northside of Indianapolis and talk to our staff. We’ll be happy to talk through the pros and cons for hardwood floor in your Indianapolis kitchen – or any room in your home!

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