They aren’t the most common choice for kitchen countertops, but there are many advantages to having a countertop made of wood. For the most part, wooden countertops are known as butcher block because they remind us of the old tables that butchers would use to chop chicken, pork, and beef into tantalizing cuts for their customers.
If you’re interested in bringing some of that Old World charm into your own kitchen, then we have all the information you need right here.
The cost of wood countertops depends on the type of wood used. That being said, however, you can expect to pay $55 to $130 per square foot, including installation. Get a cost estimate for your own project for a more specific number.
Wood as a whole is a very durable material. However, special care must be taken to keep your wood countertops free from water damage, which can be a tough feat in a kitchen environment.
Maintaining a wooden countertop is a little more intense than other kitchen countertops. The wood will need to be periodically wiped down with a mineral oil to recondition it. Special care should be taken to ensure that a nearby sink doesn’t cause water damage.
Plus, wood is a very porous material, which leaves it susceptible to bacterial growth. After each use, especially when cutting up meat, the top should be properly cleaned and sanitized. Avoid harsh cleaners, as they can damage the finish.
Butcher block is typically made of several layers of hard maple glued together to form a very thick wooden block. Although the thicknesses vary, butcher blocks tend to be anywhere between 1 1/4 and 6 inches thick.
The orientation of the wood grain will change the look, functionality, and durability of your kitchen countertop. Here are the most popular types:
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