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How to Choose a Wooden Countertop

 

How to Choose a Wooden Countertop



 

While there are many options when it comes to choosing a new kitchen countertop, it’s often the classics that make the most of the new look.

 

Natural and rustic, wood is obviously one of those timeless items. Are you already under the spell? Before you make your final decision, read on to learn everything you need to know about wooden kitchen countertops to make your kitchen renovation project a success.

Advantages of wood kitchen countertops

 

Easy to clean because of its smooth surface, the wooden kitchen countertop brings an incomparable warm touch to the room. Moreover, it is interesting to know that wood has a natural acidity that prevents the proliferation of bacteria on its surface. Of course, this is conditional to the application of a sealer, otherwise the wood will keep its porosity and will not be able to prevent the multiplication of bacteria.

 

Another point in its favour is that wooden countertops easily absorb noise, which is undoubtedly practical in the kitchen. Finally, it should be noted that a wooden countertop can be recycled when it has reached the end of its life, making it an environmentally responsible choice.

Caring for your wood countertop

 

On this point, let’s start by saying that the surface of your countertop must absolutely be protected by an oil treatment (linseed or buckwheat) or by a clear varnish to avoid premature use, since wood is unfortunately vulnerable to scratches. Also, the application of an oil or varnish is essential to ensure the impermeability of the countertop.

 

If marks are already present on the surface of the countertop, they can be remedied by sanding the surface. Restoration is therefore an interesting avenue for anyone who wants to save money and not pay for a new kitchen countertop.

 

If you decide to opt for varnish, select one with GreenGuard certification. This certification proves the absence of certain contaminants in the product’s composition, such as volatile organic compounds, formaldehyde or total aldehydes.

Wood in combination with another material

 

It is often recommended to use wood in combination with another material for two distinct reasons. First, remember that even though the rough appearance of wood seems to give it a solidity that will stand the test of time, it is still rather sensitive and must be maintained rigorously to keep its beauty over the years. By reducing the surface area to be maintained, life is simplified quite easily.

 

Secondly, don’t forget to mention that wood will tend to blacken with humidity. Therefore, it is strongly suggested not to use it near the sink. If you wish to do so, you can choose to sit the sink down and not recess it.

Which species to choose?

 

Whether it’s for a wooden countertop or a butcher block, your best options are beech, teak or oak. Other alternatives are available such as mahogany, cherry, walnut and maple. Since wood is less resistant than some other materials, select a wood known for its great resistance such as white oak.

 

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To make an environmentally responsible choice

 

Are you sensitive to the idea of making an environmentally responsible choice? Choosing regional wood or wood that holds FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification ensures that the wood for your new countertop does not come from forests where harvesting violates land rights or is contrary to standards for the preservation of endangered species.

 

In fact, you can be sure that your new acquisition does not come from forests that have been converted to plantations or contain genetically modified trees. By making an eco-responsible choice in your brand new renovation project, you will be able to do your part in preserving forest ecosystems for future generations.

The price of a wooden kitchen countertop

 

On average, a wooden countertop will cost you between $10 and $90 per square foot. However, if your project involves the construction of a countertop with unconventional standards, the necessary budget may have to be increased.

 

Please note that prices vary greatly from one type of wood to another, which is why you should take some time to think about each of the possibilities available to you.

Thinking about it?

 

Is wood the right option for you? If you’re still unsure about what type of countertop is right for you, our How to Choose Your Kitchen Countertop? article will help guide you in your decision. Isn’t a wood countertop just what you need? Other interesting alternatives exist and after reading our article on the subject, no doubt you’ll find the right one for you.

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