The Benefits of Choosing Wooden Countertops
Types of Countertops
The Edge-grained Countertop
Edge-grained countertops are the most common choice for creating butcher blocks. This involves boards placed on their sides and glued along the narrower edges to create a solid surface. These are typically continuous lengths that do not contain joints, though they are sometimes finger jointed.
Where are these used? This countertop is best suited for large areas, such as an island or kitchen tops.
End-grained countertops are created by turning blocks on their end to form a grid-like pattern that is glued together. This block is often thicker and better for preventing warping.
Where are these used? This top is perfect for kitchen countertops as it is the most forgiving against blemishes.
Face-grained countertops, also known as flat grain, are created with flat lain wide wood boards which are edge glued together. This method creates an almost seamless surface that prioritises showcasing the natural pattern of the timber.
Where are these used? This countertop is ideal for islands, tables and desks where the primary goal is to enhance appearance.
Maintaining your Tops
With the correct maintenance, wooden countertops have the potential to last for years to come. Caring for your wooden tops doesn’t have to be a hassle. Keep these tips in mind to maintain their beauty:
Keep it clean
Keeping your countertops clean is important for keeping them looking like new. Make sure you give them a good scrub every week or so with mild soap and water solution to remove any spills that happen before they can ruin the surface of your timber.
Avoid extreme temperatures
If you have wooden countertops in your kitchen, make sure to pay close attention when it comes time for cooking. Keep hot pots and pans off them, and don’t let any drastic temperature changes affect how long they stay at one spot on the surface!
Protect your wooden countertop from knives and other sharp objects by using a cutting board during food preparation.
Natural oils are great for keeping your countertops looking fresh, especially when you want them to stay hydrated. You can put natural oil on a cloth and wipe down the surface of each panel individually or do what we recommend- apply directly onto the wood with an old cloth before applying pressure in order to get maximum benefits from this hardworking ingredient!
Which style should I choose?
A deep-coloured timber combined with an edge profile will create a luxurious traditional look.
Choose a lighter timber or whitewash on your wooden countertops for a chic and contemporary feel.
For a rustic vibe, opt for reclaimed wood or timber with knots and other imperfections.
Wooden countertops are the perfect way to add charm to a country-style kitchen.