Published at Wednesday, November 27th 2019, 03:01:04 AM. Wood Countertops. By Elisabeth Greta.
Great Looking Tops. Another great way to get the best butcher block countertops is to get the right look. Many will choose models which are installed in an island made out of stainless steel. The professional look of these models will allow you to get the exact look that you are going for in your kitchen. Of course, you can also make it where the counter is the whole counter. This will create a unified look which is difficult to beat. You can also choose tops by the color that they are. This will help to match the rest of your kitchen.
According to these studies and to others that followed them, on wood surfaces, bacterial populations disappear quite fast, without external intervention, while on plastic surfaces they persist and actually multiply. Although these properties vary among wood species, the wooden cutting surfaces are increasingly accepted as the first choice of health-conscious individuals. Price. Hardwood is usually priced higher than laminate but are far less expensive than stone, granite, solid surface, tile or steel tops.
Wood countertops do not normally come in one huge piece of wood unless you decide to be a little exotic and go for a single piece of tree trunk cut down to your liking. Then you can really have a cool looking kitchen countertop. Wood countertops normally come in wood segment pieces that are glued together and planned to smooth out the surface. The wood countertop segments are arranged by paying attention to the wood grain. This will determine how the wood countertop will look like and how strong it will be once assembled.
Some care needs to go in maintaining a wood countertop to preserve the luster. Wood oxidizes over time and some wood countertop will change their color a bit. Wood countertops also absorb or lose moisture depending on which environment they are in. Apply a good finish to ensure that your wood countertop remains in good working condition. The right kind of finish depends on your personal preference and the type of usage your countertop will see.
Drawbacks of Installing A Wood Countertop. Certainly, one of the biggest drawbacks is the added maintenance wood countertops require. In addition to the above yearly maintenance, it may also require refinishing within ten years of installation. If you have an undermount kitchen sink, water splashing has a higher risk of damaging your countertop. It can also be more costly than other countertop options, depending on the material you choose.
A properly oiled wood surface should resist water, but being vigilant about spills will help prevent most serious water damage. Regular maintenance for butcher block countertops includes oiling, waxing, and occasional refinishing. While this may sound daunting, consider the fact that most other countertop materials require some amount of regular maintenance as well and, more significantly, when they sustain damage, repairs are difficult and costly. Repairing butcher block countertop damage, on the other hand, whether from stains or burns, is a relatively simple DIY task of re-sanding.
Wood countertops are becoming popular again in modern kitchens. We now know that wooden countertops, when properly cared for, are both long lasting and sanitary. The new adhesives are strong enough to keep the wood staves bonded together even the butcher block is submerged into the water. The finishing oils (mineral oils, walnut oil, danish oil, etc) are safe in contact with food products and preserve the wood surfaces.