By: Brandon Grant

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Most building departments have adjusted their code and are allowing hardwood floors to be installed in kitchens in new homes. Take a look at any design magazine right now and you will see them depict gleaming hardwood against dark coloured cabinets, or dark hardwood against light coloured cabinets. However, take this design scenario down the road five years and you might not be as impressed. Hardwood has a difficult time standing up to the wear and tear typically experienced in the kitchen, not too mention the occasional splash of water that will surely affect the finish over time. Furthermore, hardwood usually shrinks as it continues to dry out. This leaves potential for increasing small gaps between the layers of hardwood that will collect bits of dirt and dust.