By Th3DirtYl1e. Wood Countertops. At Tuesday, November 12th 2019, 15:13:45 PM.
Whenever you are making changes to your home, there are many different things you will need to consider. One of the many things that you can consider is the look of the butcher block countertops that you install in your home. This can be determined by the kind of wood which you install in your kitchen. By taking your time, you will be able to choose the perfect top with the least amount of cons to it.
The different types of woods have different grain pattern that gives each one its own unique characteristics and look. Some wood are also better to stain and lacquer then others and will produce different results depending on what stain you put on which wood. You can also paint wood countertops if you want to get a truly unique look and feel or if you are trying to blend the kitchen in with another room in your home. Wood countertops do require some more maintenance then other materials because they have to be resealed often to avoid warping and cracking and you have to watch a little closer to make sure the bacteria does not build up over time. A single block of wood or many smaller pieces can be used in forming your countertops, the separate blocks of wood allow for a more decorative effect.
Four Major Downsides of Wood Countertops. Sealing is a Must: If not sealed correctly, a wood countertop is porous and can harbor germs. Wood also must be kept very dry around sink areas and spills must be wiped up right away. The Threat of Water: If the countertop isn't regularly treated with mineral oil or another protectant, the wood can be damaged if water sits on the surface or seeps into the seams. Required Refinishing: Over time, a wood surface shows some wear and may need a new coat of finish, or a complete re-sanding and refinishing. This will likely need to be done after 10 to 20 years depending on the degree of use. Scratches and Dents: Wood is softer than most other surfaces like tile, stone and metal. While some people feel that these marks lend character to the wood, some don't. It's really important to use a cutting board to preserve the surface.
Benefits of Teak Wood. Why choose teak wood over the others? If the unique, golden-brown, straight-grained appearance isn't enough to persuade you, its durability should be. Teak naturally produces a resin that will protect the wood from any water damage or rotting. Your teak countertops will be safe from the nasty water stains that eat away at most other woods and will require very little maintenance on your part.
The solid wood, as a material of choice for counter tops, exhibits incontestable advantages such as: Aesthetics. Imparting a warm, relaxing feeling, the wooden top is the natural complement of any solid wood or veneered cabinetry. The wooden tops will wonderfully go together with hardwood floorings, moldings, cornices and mantels, conferring a genuine sense of balance to your kitchen space. Functionality. A hardwood top is very easy to cut to templates and even easier to install. Unlike the solid surface or laminate, wood tops have a minimum of chemical components, which make them extremely safe in contact with foods. Unlike the other countertop materials, any occurring scratch can be easily removed by sanding the area; the wood tops actually constitute the only known surface that can be renewed without employing special tools or requiring special skills. Hardwood surfaces can be used as kitchen island tops, inserted sink covers, sections of countertop, or as butcher block hidden under the countertop that can be pulled as drawer or cart. Your imagination will surely find plenty of other interesting, visually attractive applications.
Butcher block countertops—also known as wood countertops—introduce warmth to a kitchen. They add a little rustic charm and are especially key to establishing that modern farmhouse kitchen vibe. They can even help soften some of the sleeker, sharper elements of contemporary or modern kitchens. Of course, like any popular countertop style, butcher block countertops have their quirks, pros, and cons. Whether a wood countertop finish is topping off a kitchen island, serving as an accent piece, or taking over the entire kitchen, following design and care tips from the experts can ensure that you will like the way it looks—and that it will last for years to come.