By Th3DirtYl1e. Wood Countertops. At Tuesday, November 12th 2019, 15:15:21 PM.
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.
There are three types of wood grains to be considered when assembling a wood countertop for your kitchen. The first is known as the face grain which uses the surface width of the board. The next is known as the edge grain which uses strips placed on edge. The last one is known as the end grain which utilizes blocks of wood arranged with the ends pointing upwards to reveal the growth rings. Wood countertop can be built with just one type of wood if preferred. The hard maple with its tight grains has long been a favorite while the rich-grained red oak is fast becoming popular. Some wood countertop fabricators will mix and match different wood to build a wood countertop. A combination of Brazilian cherry and mesquite can bring out some beautiful tone and color combinations.
Six Big Reasons to Choose Wood Countertops: Lots of choices. The list of woods to choose from for countertops is long and the available looks are multiplied when you add in the options for stains, grain styles and edge treatments. Versatile. Wood countertops work well with all décor styles and mix well with other countertop materials. They are equally at home in modern kitchens as they are in country style or transitional styles. Warm and quiet. Woods natural qualities have long been valued and are sometimes called the "antidote" to too much stainless steel and stone. Wood countertops are quieter than many other because banging is not so pronounced. Also, a dish banged on a wood surface might not chip or break as easily as it would on a stone surface. Environmentally friendly – Wood countertops are increasingly being made from reclaimed wood, and most types are recyclable. You can also choose Wood that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC certified). These products are verified to be sourced from managed forests that sustain resources and the communities that produce them. Very Functional: You can do all your kitchen work on a wood countertop and eat on it as well. While you can damage wood countertops with knives, the surface won't hurt your knives. The sharp blades on your good knives will last longer than they would if you're working on concrete or granite. The surface is also not vulnerable to damage from citrus and acidic liquids. More economical. Wood is easily cut, fabricated, and installed by an expert. This can make it faster to get and cheaper to purchase than other countertop materials. It can also be sanded and refinished if it gets damaged.
Durability. If properly sealed and installed, a wooden top can literally last a lifetime. Unlike marble, granite or tile, the wooden tops have a great shock absorbing capacity that further assures considerable life span. Hygiene. For a quite few decades, the plastic and laminate surfaces, due to their non-porous structure were considered much safer than wood for applications such as chopping meat or slicing vegetables.
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.
Butcher Block Countertops. A common style of wood countertop is butcher block. This is a great option if you intend to be doing any cutting or chopping directly on the surface of the countertop, as they can withstand damages if properly cared for. This comes in a wide variety of colors and is typically very thick. Average costs of butcher block countertops are between $39.87 and $56.30, depending on the size of the project.