hardwood kitchen flooring westchaseOften dubbed “the heart of the home”, the kitchen is a warm and inviting space integral to many families. In order to visually express this, many homeowners choose hardwood flooring for their kitchens, favoring the warm, traditional look it provides. Here at Floor Coverings International North Tampa, we have a large selection of hardwoods to choose from, but know that the hardwoods in your kitchen must be able to withstand the wear and tear of dropped dishes and occasional spills. For this reason, we’ve compiled a list of the best hardwoods for your Westchase kitchen based on durability and aesthetic.

Brazilian Cherry

The Janka hardness rating of Brazilian cherry is its most striking quality. As compared to the common red oak, which has a rating of 1290, Brazilian cherry has a rating of 2820. This means that it is incredibly hard and durable in relation to other hardwood floors. This makes it a great choice for the kitchen, because it will be less likely to scratch and dent in the case of a dropped pan. This species comes with the added bonus of its reddish hue, which gives it a beautiful and warm appearance – perfect for any traditional kitchen. Brazilian walnut is another incredibly durable exotic species that will provide you the same durability but with a different color scheme.


Hickory is one of the hardest domestic wood species, rating 1820 on the Janka scale. While this may seem soft compared to the Brazilian Cherry, this rating is quite high compared to the accepted average hardwood rating, and will serve you well in a busy kitchen. Hickory’s distinct and varied graining also gives it an advantage, as this grain will help to disguise any dents or scratches that do happen to occur. Its hues can range from light to rich golden browns, and it can brighten any room. For a rustic look (and to even more effectively hide scratches), go with a hand scraped finish.

White Oak

White oak may rank lower on the Janka scale than these comparative floors, but its other qualities make up for its 1360 rating (which is still higher than average!). White oak is a very stable hardwood, meaning that it is less likely to expand or contract due to changes in temperature or moisture. No matter how careful you are, your kitchen is a room that is prone to such changes. For this reason, you’ll want a very stable hardwood that can withstand these elements. Lighter colored wood is known for being better at hiding scratches and dents, so white oak will have an advantage here as well.

Getting Started

The experts at Floor Coverings International North Tampa can help you choose the most durable floors for your Westchase kitchen. Call us today to schedule your free in-home consultation, and learn more about our hardwood selection. We proudly serve the greater Westchase, Citrus Park, Carrollwood areas.

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