Hardwood Floors and Cabinetry Add Style and Value to Kitchens
One of the top ways to bring the element of luxury into any kitchen is with hardwood floors and cabinet upgrades. With interest rates at all-time lows, many homeowners are refinancing, then getting cash back to make effective home improvements.
For anyone looking to add style and value to their home, the timeless appeal and warmth of hardwood floors will pay dividends for years to come.
When most people think country they visualize the warm glow of a wooden floor. Wood flooring is available in many tones and patterns, is easy to maintain and can be refinished to look like new.Tough hardwoods are recommended for flooring because this surface gets a lot of wear and tear. In kitchens, where spill are a fact of life, many experts recommend using laminated wood flooring rather than solid boards.
Wood flooring must be covered with a protective coating, such as polyurethane, that prevents staining and wear. Depending on the flooring you choose, the protective coating may be applied at the factory, or on-site once the flooring is laid.
In general, you can choose between satin and high-gloss finishes. When exposed to direct sunlight for extended periods of time polyurethane finishes may tend to yellow; some people think this adds to the beauty of the floor. To avoid yellowing, use a clear epoxy finish, or a polyurethane-based finish that is not affected by sunlight.
A natural place to start when planning a kitchen upgrade is deciding which wood type best reflects your homes character, and what color will provide a timeless look.
Below are a few relatively new and classic wood types popular among homeowners:
Cherry: The sapwood is creamy white and the heartwood runs a rich red to reddish brown. Cherry wood can be stained and polished.
Maple: The sapwood is creamy white with a reddish brown tinge and the heartwood varies from light to dark reddish brown. Maple wood can be stained and polished.
Oak: Oak hardwood flooring is known for its beauty, durability and versatility. Oak is a pale hardwood, that will darken over time.
Birch: Birch is a classic hardwood, which is perfect for you, if you don’t like the grainy and knotty look of some other hardwoods.
Northern/Southern Red Oak: The sapwood is white to light brown and the heartwood is a pinkish, reddish brown. Can be stained and polished.
Lyptus: A new, environmentally responsible wood harvested from Eucalyptus trees. This hardwood features a grain similar to mahogany with color similar to cherry. It also can be stained and polished.
In short, todays homeowners can have it all in their hardwood choices — a wide choice of styles, good value and responsible environmental practices. Couple these characteristics with natural aesthetic advantages and a high return on investment, hardwood flooring and cabinets are destined to be a favorite for many years to come.
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