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Is engineered timber flooring suitable for kitchen areas?

"Engineered Timber Flooring is a perfect choice for kitchen area's"

Are engineered timber floors suitable for kitchens? At Imperial Flooring Australia, this is a question we get asked a lot. The natural aesthetics of solid wood make a fine addition to any room, but in the case of kitchens, you’ll need a more durable alternative to the traditional solid timber flooring option. Below we discuss why engineered timber flooring is the perfect choice for kitchen area's.

Tinge Oak - 15mm Engineered Oak - Kitchen installed directly on top of flooring
Tinge Oak - 15mm Engineered Oak - Kitchen installed directly on top of flooring

Is Engineered Timber Flooring Suitable for Kitchen Areas?

Flooring is an important part of any kitchen. However, many people dismiss wood as a flooring material for kitchens, choosing stone or tiled alternatives instead. While conventional hardwood can be hard to maintain in humid environments like kitchens, engineered timber flooring suffers from none of the same limitations.

Another way to create a seamless and attractive look for your perfect family kitchen is to match the style of your engineered timber flooring with your kitchen cabinets. Kitchen cabinets are an essential element of any kitchen, and they have a significant impact on the overall look and feel of the space. If you’re planning to install new cabinets, it’s a great idea to consider your flooring material as well. This will allow you to select the perfect type of wood flooring that complements the colour, style, and finish of your new kitchen cabinets. You can easily find high-quality kitchen cabinets online that match your flooring, making it simple to achieve a bespoke design.

Engineered Timber Flooring is not only durable and easy to maintain, but it also offers you a complete range of style options. This makes the obvious choice if you’re looking to overhaul your kitchens with the traditional charm of engineered oak timber flooring.

One of the biggest advantages of engineered timber flooring is that it’s an incredibly hard-wearing product. Unlike traditional hardwood floors, engineered timber panels and planks are made of many individual layers. Multiple layers of ply are bonded together with premium adhesive, producing a superior core that delivers impressive levels of stability and durability.

This plywood core is then finished with a unique layer of veneer made from genuine hardwood trim. This means you can install a modern oak colour flooring, without having to worry about the material warping over time.

Unlike standard hardwood floors, engineered timber flooring doesn’t expand and contract when exposed to moisture. This makes it ideal for use in kitchens where spillages, steam, and high temperatures are unavoidable. Because it’s so resistant to temperatures, engineered timber flooring can also be installed above underfloor heating systems. This makes it a go-to flooring choice for renovations and new build developments.

Can I Install my new kitchen on top of the new flooring?

The beauty of engineered timber flooring is that you have 2 options on planning your kitchen installation. For a direct stick glue down method, you can install the kitchen & cabinetry directly on top of the flooring for a premium finish when it comes to finishing details - especially for curves. For a floating floor method, the kitchen must be installed prior to the flooring is installed to allow expansion and contracting occur within the floating floor.

Cream White - 14mm Engineered Oak - Curve island bench installed directly on top of flooring
Cream White - 14mm Engineered Oak - Curve island bench installed directly on top of flooring


When it comes to overhauling a kitchen, you should never overlook the importance of flooring materials. In addition to choosing something stylish, any material you pick should be able to cope with intensive use and the temperature extremes the average kitchen experiences.

What are the different types of wood flooring available for kitchens? At Imperial Flooring Australia, we’d be happy to talk you through all the options available to you. You can visit our design showroom to explore our complete range or call us directly on 1300 676 176


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