Despite all the synthetic and engineered kitchen countertops out there, wood still remains a very popular choice—with many homeowners flocking to cherry for its smooth texture and rich color. Not sure if it’s the right choice for you? Check out the facts.
Prices for cherry countertops range anywhere from $75-$200 per square foot, depending on the thickness, width, depth, species, and more. Installation is an additional cost. Get a couple price quotes from local installers to learn more.
Cherry, as with most types of hardwood, is extremely durable and can easily withstand the wear and tear of a normal kitchen. With the proper care and maintenance, a cherry kitchen countertop can last for decades.
To keep cherry countertops looking new, they must be routinely cleaned with a simple solution of mild soap and water. Avoid abrasive cleaners, as these can ruin the finish. Also, regular mineral oil treatments should be used to protect the wood.
Butcher block wood countertops, including cherry, come with one of three grain exposures: edge grain, which consists of wood strips placed on edge and glued together; face grain, which exposes the surface width of the board; and end grain, a type that creates a more checkerboard pattern by placing blocks of wood on their edges revealing growth rings.
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