Unlike laminate or solid surface counters, wood countertops are fully biodegradable once they have run their full course. If you consider the long history of wood as a building material and the warmth that wood countertops bring to any kitchen, you will appreciate the beauty that wood has over the other options. Wood countertops are not necessarily for all homes. Like all countertop choices and options available, wood counters have both advantages and disadvantages to consider.
Styles and Species of Wood Counters
One of the best aspects of wood countertops is its variety ofoptions and styles available in the market:
Styles of Wood Counters
- Flat grain, end grain, and edge grain.
- Inlays, checkerboard patterns, borders, and stripes with various species.
Best Species for Countertops
Below you can find some of the best wood species to choose for countertops:
Before choosing species, consider your end-goal for your wood countertops. It is important in the decision-making process, as some species perform better than otherspecies in various applications, circumstances and needs.
Points to Consider before Buying Wood Countertops
Splitting and Cracking: Because wood is an organic material, it does split, warp, crack, burn, and discolor given the right amount of abuse and neglect. Wood needs to be maintained, like anything, but it is arguably worth the timeless beauty it provides.
Moisture: Wood and water do not mix. Since most wood countertops will be around moisture from food and from sinks, the fact is that the finish will need to be maintained regularly in most cases.
Sinks:If you are planning on installing a sink into the top, then having the surface finished with a more strong finishing material is crucial. Otherwise, the wood could split, warp or even blacken.
Stains:If any stains occur, they can be sanded out, but you want to avoid the warping and splitting if you can. Just be sure to have your provider seal the countertop with a waterproof, durable sealant. If, however, you absolutely must use the top for a cutting surface and want to have an oiled top with a sink, just stay on top of any standing water and sand out any discoloration that occurs. Frequent re-oiling will be necessary in such a case.
Joinery:When ordering from a supplier, it is important to know how they join the strips together to form the tops. Finger jointed tops are a cheap solution, but also one of the worst by industry standards. If you cut for a sink or fixtures into your finger jointed top, you will expose these unsightly joints and really, you will not have much to do about it except get creative. Finger joints do not last as long as full length strips that superior suppliers provide.