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Neauxla
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Wood flooring in the kitchen - prefinished or on site finished
So I know wood isn’t the best floor surface for the kitchen but I love the look when you have an open floor plan with you house. That being said, I’m pretty sure i am gonna do wood in my new kitchen. Now should I do prefinished or on site finished? I feel like a factory finish will be more durable but an on site finish will allow the polyurethane to cover the spaces between each board allowing for better water protection. Thoughts?

ETA: posted on the food board Bc most people here are big into their kitchens
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Motorboat
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re: Wood flooring in the kitchen - prefinished or on site finished
I have site finished in my kitchen. No problems. I also hate prefab flooring.



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The Spleen
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re: Wood flooring in the kitchen - prefinished or on site finished
On site, no question.


We have hardwoods in our kitchen with no problems. Just have to sweep and mop it at least once a week.


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ruzil
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re: Wood flooring in the kitchen - prefinished or on site finished
My current house has prefinished DuChateau oak floors. I really prefer them to the site finished I had in the old house that had gotten a bit nicked up.

Don't cheap out on wood in the kitchen.


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nerd guy
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re: Wood flooring in the kitchen - prefinished or on site finished
Fantastic thread as i'm looking into this as well. Since wood isn't ideal for kitchens we thought about wood looking tile but I think we're going back to wood. But we also have a fairly open floor plan where the kitchen and small living room are one room but that connects to a large open living space/dining room. If we choose real wood floors that'll cost a fortune it seems like to replace all of that? I'm looking to finish painting cabinets in the next few weeks so i wanted to start pricing flooring soon.


Neauxla
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re: Wood flooring in the kitchen - prefinished or on site finished
All my flooring needs to be replaced anyway so I figured I would match it. It currently has ugly white tile in the kitchen and ugly bamboo flooring that is all messed up in the rest of the downstairs. And old oak? floors upstairs.


cgrand
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re: Wood flooring in the kitchen - prefinished or on site finished
i have pine floors in my kitchen, i like the look but i would not say it would have been my first choice


Neauxla
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re: Wood flooring in the kitchen - prefinished or on site finished
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i like the look but i would not say it would have been my first choice
why? Don't like pine? Don't like wood? prefinished or site finished?


nerd guy
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re: Wood flooring in the kitchen - prefinished or on site finished
For wood flooring in the kitchen is that something you'd have to refinished periodically? Or would some good coats of poly keep them from staining?


Neauxla
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re: Wood flooring in the kitchen - prefinished or on site finished
That's why I'm leaning towards on sight finished so that I can get several coats of poly. Almost basketball court level.



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cgrand
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re: Wood flooring in the kitchen - prefinished or on site finished
the floors are about 40 years i assume theye were sanded & finished on-site. wood floors are not the best choice for the perpetual get dirty/get clean cycle, at least in my house


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keakar
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re: Wood flooring in the kitchen - prefinished or on site finished
never was a fan of wood floors in kitchen, too much water and spills, scratched to hell if appliances need to be moved.

but that said, if you are doing it do "real" wood finished on site and no laminate garbage


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The Spleen
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re: Wood flooring in the kitchen - prefinished or on site finished
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For wood flooring in the kitchen is that something you'd have to refinished periodically?



We've been in our house for almost 16 years. Had hardwood on entire main level when we bought. We've had them refinished once, and that was only because of an insurance claim from an overflowing washing machine flooding the main level.

They need it again, but it's not on our priority list at all. Dog, cat, and wife's high heels have done a number on them.

It is a PITA when you have them refinished. Clearing out the house the best you can, moving out for a few days so they can sand them down and re-finish, then letting the fumes clear out. Then the dust everywhere when you get back in the house, even after they do a pretty good job cleaning up.


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hungryone
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re: Wood flooring in the kitchen - prefinished or on site finished
Had wood (finished on site, pine) in my last kitchen...never again. Current house is open plan...I went with an oversized, oblong porcelain tile everywhere except the bedrooms. It is nonslip thanks to a slightly textured glaze, super easy to clean, and I’ll never need to refinish it. I also like cool tile floors underfoot.


Neauxla
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re: Wood flooring in the kitchen - prefinished or on site finished
tile floors in your den and dining room?


cgrand
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re: Wood flooring in the kitchen - prefinished or on site finished
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tile floors in your den and dining room?

i have brick floors in my den & dining areas...they're awesome especially in the summer.


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nerd guy
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Neauxla
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re: Wood flooring in the kitchen - prefinished or on site finished
that's a badass kitchen


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Napoleon
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re: Wood flooring in the kitchen - prefinished or on site finished
Site finished for hardwoods. Only way it looks good.
Though prefinished Bamboo.or cork is nice too.


ruzil
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re: Wood flooring in the kitchen - prefinished or on site finished
I have an oiled oak floor in my open kitchen/family room/dining room. It was an engineered product that was quite expensive.

The oiled finish can be refreshed if ever needed but it still looks great after 2.5 years of use. It’s kinder to foot traffic and warmer than tile or stone and it looks great.

I had site finished floors in my last house and it constantly had to be touched up. To each his own. Here it is if you are interested



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