By Th3DirtYl1e. Wood Countertops. At Tuesday, November 12th 2019, 15:15:16 PM.
Maple, oak, and cherry are the most common types of wood are commonly used when talking about kitchen countertops. Teak and birch are also used but are a little bit softer than the other three so they are more for decorative purposes then functional use. All different types of wood expand and contract differently so they all require a different type of seasoning and drying to make sure that you don't have problems down the road with splitting and cracking.
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.
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.
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.
Solid Wood Countertops. For a traditional, timeless look, a solid wood countertop is a great choice. This option has great ROI when it's time to sell and can blend with almost any style of kitchen. Solid wood comes in various choices and is best installed by a pro.