I like ceramic tiles just fine, but my wife wants to consider hardwood flooring in the kitchen. There's no doubt that we'll be replacing our kitchen flooring, but don't hardwood floors leak and warp if they're used in the kitchen with all the spills?
Mindy C. ~ Arlington, Virginia
Many people use hardwood flooring in their kitchen. Some people prefer hardwood to ceramic tile as there is a little more cushion to it when standing on it for long periods, and you don't have the uneven edges that sometimes exist with ceramic tile. Small spills should not be an issue as long as they are cleaned up quickly.
Pre-finished hardwood flooring has a protective sealant on it. If you install, sand, and finish hardwood, it should also end up with a protective sealant. However, if you ever have a major water leak from a dishwasher or your kitchen sink, then you may indeed end up with some warped flooring.
The odds are pretty good that a major leak should never occur, but it is prudent to save a little extra of the new hardwood in case a leak should occur. That way you will have a good match with the existing hardwood.