Wood countertops are a beautiful and practical option when upgrading your kitchen. Wood is available in a wide range of colors, finishes, and species meaning there’s something for every kitchen!
Wood countertops are typically made from wood such as yellow pine and they can be stained or left natural depending on your design tastes. Wood countertops are a great way to create warmth in the kitchen. The downside is that they need more care than other materials because wooden counters don’t like moisture. If wood dries out too much it will crack and warp which makes chopping vegetables difficult. You should always use cutting boards when preparing food on your wooden countertop to prevent damage!
You may also want to take extra precautions against staining by using mineral oil, but this doesn’t mean your counters won’t get dirty over time. With wood, sometimes water stains happen even when there is a glass top used for protection.
Countertops should be a focal point of your kitchen and dining space because they’re what most people see when you walk into the room. The right material can make all the difference in how inviting and warm your home feels to guests. Butcher block countertops are sought after because they are less porous than granite, cork, or marble, which means that nothing will stain them for long periods of time so it’s easier to keep up with spills from children or pets. They also have a natural beauty about them that has been valued by homeowners for years. Wood is both soft on hands while still maintaining its durability as an essential element in any household set-up.
The pros to wood and butcher block countertops are that they are both relatively easy to clean and also very long-lasting when properly cared for. If damaged or worn by knife blades, burns, or other usages, they can be sanded and resealed, as needed. What most users enjoy about these countertop materials is that they offer a charming country look in most kitchens and are versatile enough to work with modern and contemporary design elements. Cons are that wood and butcher block are fairly expensive countertop materials and the surfaces can be scratched and cut by knives. These wood based countertop materials can be damaged by water and stains over time and bacteria can be a problem if not properly maintained. Additional considerations are the wood is subject to cracking if not maintained and must be oiled and sealed frequently to prevent this from happening.