Wooden kitchen countertops — also knows as butcher block — are biodegradable, and they come in a wide array of styles depending on the species, color/stain, and grain orientation (face grain, edge grain, or end grain.) The hardness of the wood varies on the species. If you want a wood countertop that will not show a lot of wear, you will want to choose a wood that measures higher up on the Janka hardness test.
Before moving forward with wooden kitchen countertops, consider if you will be using it as a surface for regular food prep or if you just want it for the look.
Maintenance of a wood countertop depends on the species, the finish, and the overall use of the countertop. Wooden countertops can either be finished in an oil, wax, or polyurethane coating. Oil or wax will need to be reapplied on a regular basis. Countertops finished in an oil or wax will require a lot of upkeep, and they are not as easy to clean. The polyurethane coating is meant to be permanent.
Wood and butcher block countertops will show considerable damage if they are subjected to a lot of wear a tear. Scratches and cut marks can be sanded out, and the countertops refinished. Dents and chips will be harder to repair. Wood is subject to water damage, and it can also contract, expand, or warp depending on the temperature and moisture content.
If you’re looking to replace your kitchen countertops — or remodel your entire kitchen — contact us today for a free estimate. Shakespeare Home Improvement Co. is Lancaster County’s premier kitchen remodeling company. We offer Starmark Cabinetry and work along with local countertop companies to bring you the kitchen you’ve always dreamed of.
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