A.Wood flooring contractor and consultant Howard Brickman responds: I’m assuming that the objection is to a wood floor in the kitchen regardless of the species. Without a doubt, the kitchen is the most demanding area in the house for wear and appearance. Traffic patterns tend to concentrate around islands and work stations. Yet we have installed over 100 kitchen floors with excellent long-term results.

A wood kitchen floor requires durable finishes as well as careful maintenance for good long-term performance. The floor should be installed at a low moisture content (you’ll have to use a moisture meter). This will minimize spaces between boards. Also, using narrower floor boards will further lessen shrinkage.

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