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Maple Countertops

Maple: A bright, luminescent and tight-grain wood

Maple is a standard in wood countertops. It shows soft graining and little color variation, making it a good fit for any kitchen. Maple may be used as a cutting surface, since it’s hard and durable, and requires very little maintenance. The deep tones add luminescence to your kitchen thanks to its uniform, tight grain and bright appearance. It is also considered a more eco-friendly choice in countertops, as wood is a renewable resource. Maple countertops are usually butcher-block style (several segments of wood glued together, planed smooth and finished), and can be manufactured using FSC-certified, sustainably harvested wood.

Maintenance

If occasionally re-oiled using a mineral oil, a maple countertop surface can last a lifetime and remain sanitary and food-safe throughout.maple kitchen countertop When a maple countertop does need repair, usually after more than a few nights of food chopping, some light sanding and application of oil is all it takes for the wood to regain its original appeal. Extra care is often needed around sinks, where water can stand for long periods and may penetrate the wood if allowed to seep underneath or behind the seam between wood and sink. While some finishes purport to stand up to most chemicals, maple countertops should by rule only be cleaned using soap and water. Bleach and other harsh abrasives may damage the finish and penetrate the wood.

Pricing Information

Leading manufacturers of custom wood countertops include John Boos, Brooks Woodworking and Cheng Design. Prices for custom maple countertops range from $45 to $75 per square foot. Maple is one of the more affordable hardwood countertop options. For comparative purposes, more unique hardwoods like walnut and teak cost about $100 and $130 per square foot, respectively. Many home supply centers sell wood countertop blanks, including maple, for as little as $20 per foot. But these require more time and effort to install. Backsplashes and fancy edges also add to the cost of your maple countertop, and installation typically adds another 20 percent.

Strong, durable, and great for making a kitchen feel warm and inviting, maple is a standard in wood countertops. Many homeowners love maple because it’s easy to maintain and very budget-friendly. Here’s some more information to get you started.

Costs

Prices for custom maple countertops range from $45-$75 per square foot. For comparative purposes, more unique hardwoods like walnut and teak cost approximately $100 and $130 per square foot, respectively. Get a more accurate price quote for your project here.

Durability

Maple is considered to be extremely hard and durable, and can even be used as a cutting surface if need be. Your maple countertops should last the lifetime of your home.

Maintenance

If occasionally re-oiled using a mineral oil, a maple countertop surface can last a lifetime. When a maple countertop does need repair, usually after more than a few nights of food chopping, some light sanding and application of oil is all it takes for the wood to regain its original appeal.

While some finishes purport to stand up to most chemicals, maple countertops should only be cleaned using a mild soap and water. Bleach and other harsh abrasives may damage the finish and penetrate the wood.



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