Wood Countertops for the Kitchen

bar-display-2Wood countertops are seeing a bit of resurgence these days. Made from pieces of hardwood laminated together with glue for strength and stability, they provide a rich, natural surface in the kitchen. Unlike other materials they are a bit gentler on dishware and absorb more noise in a busy household. They can also be brought back to life if damaged; stained or gouged, just refinish it.

The cost for wood countertops varies depending on the species, thickness, construction, and finish. If they’re installed correctly they last as long as you live in your home. Their strength is coupled with an unassuming soft surface. There’s no clatter when you set down your dishes and they are less likely to break.

The ability to refinish wood countertops makes them even more beneficial. Knife scratches, burn marks, gouges, can all be sanded out and restored to look brand new. If you’re into a green lifestyle you’ll rest easy knowing that wood counters will last for years and can be recycled when the time comes.

Make sure you avoid particleboard for MDF with wood veneer, which will swell when exposed to moisture. That will eventually limit sanding to fix stains and nicks. Inspect for gaps between strips or boards. They should be tiny and consistent. If there are any noticeable gaps, they could open up farther and become unglued.

There are multiple finish options to ensure a food-safe protective coating on all sides and edges. If you want a matte look use FDA-approved mineral oil. It seeps in to make wood moisture, heat, and stain resistant. For a satin finish use mineral oil made from beeswax or paraffin wax. A urethane, acrylic, or resin curing oil will provide the best protection against water, stains, and wear.

For any questions on whether or not wood countertops are right for your kitchen get a hold of us today.