Rooms That Shouldn’t Have Hardwood
Despite their natural beauty, hardwood floors are notoriously bad in water-prone areas. If your heart is set on authentic wood flooring, you may want to reconsider in the following rooms:
Kitchens: While the popularity of wood floors in kitchens is on the rise, kitchens are also notorious places for spills and moisture. Tiles are much more practical — and there are even wood-look tiles and vinyls that have the appearance of wood but can stand up to water damage. If you insist on hardwoods in your kitchen, consider engineered over traditional hardwood — it handles moisture better.
Bathrooms: Showers, bathtubs and toilets can all cause big water messes — not to mention consistent steam from daily showering. Again, opt for vinyls or tiles.
Foyers/Mud Rooms: While hardwoods can make a great first impression when people enter your home, these are also highly vulnerable areas, especially on rainy or snowy days. If you opt for hardwoods in these areas, be sure to lay out protective area rugs for guests to dry or take off their shoes.
Laundry Rooms: Between potential water, bleach and
detergent spills, laundry rooms are a major danger zone for wood floors. Tiles will stand up best in a laundry room.
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