The parquet combined with the kitchen always arouses some doubt. We question its resistance to falling objects and especially to water, which could accidentally end up on the wood and damage it. Many, in fact, are still convinced that the wooden floor cannot be laid in the kitchen (as well as in the bathroom) due to any accidents that may occur. In this article we will see why this belief is wrong and many tips to choose the right parquet for this particular area of the house.
Kitchen parquet: the complete guide to avoid mistakes
The parquet, as previously suggested, can be laid throughout the house and potentially in any place. Some rooms, however, are less problematic than others, but this should not scare us: just choose the essence carefully and follow some suggestions.
First of all we must aim for the highest quality of wood. Poor parquet has very little chance of surviving the huge use of the kitchen. Another essential aspect is resistance: the essence chosen must have certain characteristics that allow it not to be damaged too much with wear and to better face the accidents that can occur. In particular it must be very stable , therefore not prone to deforming with water and humidity, and resistant to bumps and scratches of any kind.
The two best essences ever for this purpose are:
- The teak , one of the most weather-resistant, also used for outdoor paving. Besides being stable and very resistant, it is also waterproof and very hard; perfect to resist falling objects, water splashes and the risk of falling fat or oily foods.
- The wengè , which shares characteristics very similar to those mentioned for teak and is very durable and suitable for the kitchen.
These two, however, are not the only essences that can be used. Among the various possible choices we can also opt for iroko , oak and merbau . At the time of purchase, for greater security, we can ask our trusted retailer for advice specifying well that the parquet is intended for the kitchen. An expert will surely know how to direct our choice to the most adequate essence also as regards our aesthetic taste.
Another point to think about is the choice between solid wood and plywood . Regarding this point, the experts often have conflicting opinions. In principle, however, the majority agrees on the choice of the multilayer considered more stable and less prone to deformation due to the various agents that may appear in the kitchen.
Particular attention must also be given to the thickness of the wooden strips . The kitchen, in fact, is the most trodden area of the house and the parquet must be thick enough to withstand continuous use.