Today there is a wide range of materials for the manufacture of countertops: quartz, agglomerate, natural stones such as granite or marble, etc. Each of them with its advantages and disadvantages.
Among all these options we find the wooden counter tops. A traditional material, which has been used for this type of use for centuries and, although it has its disadvantages, it has interesting characteristics that make it a true option as a kitchen top.
This time, we will refer to the solid wood countertops, and not for countertops made of derivatives like MDF, chipboard …
Advantages of wooden kitchen countertops
The first advantage of this type of bench can be found at a glance: the way you look. Wood gives the kitchen a natural touch, an appearance that no other material offers.
In fact, it is as simple to see as many materials try to imitate it. Even in the catalogues of manufacturers of compact quartz countertops, which are at the forefront of technology in this field, they have designs that imitate wood.
There are not just hundreds of woods to choose from, each with its own aesthetic and differences: oak, teak, maple or maple, beech, walnut … big variety wood is a material that allows great customization, not only in shapes, but also in finishes and treatments (varnishes, paints, paints …). It is not for nothing that we can say that each wooden bench will be unique.
Wood is the ecological material reference. In addition to being 100% recyclable, it can also be made from recycled wood. Although the latter is not what was traditionally done, it is more common today.
Is ideal work surface. Cutting, cooking or sliding are performed like no other on wood. It is also very easy to clean and disinfect.
They have a great durability. In this sense, many will say that this is not durability, and that wood stains and is thin. And it is true, but what they usually omit is that, unlike other materials, they are easily repaired and at a ridiculous cost when compared to the other options. Even if they break, they can be repaired, which is unusual because it has some flexibility.
The wood countertops price is relatively low. They are generally cheaper than those made with other materials, such as marble, quartz, steel or porcelain. Although this should not always be the case, the price is already determined by the type of wood used. Beech or oak does not cost the same as exotic wood.
Disadvantages of wooden countertops
It is necessary to properly seal the pore of the wood. If there is no risk of finding germs and bacteria.
The WaterIf the wooden countertop is not treated properly, it can be damaged. Pay special attention to the sink area where there is a greater risk of water entering the wood. It is not at all cost to prevent water from coming into contact with wood, this does not make sense and is not possible on a bench. The goal is to prevent the water from becoming stagnant and the bench to be in constant contact with the water without anyone drying it.
The excessive heat can also damage them. Placing a pan while removing it from the dish on our wooden countertop can leave a burn.
It is a porous material and as such, it can stain if any liquid penetrates. For example, wine. In this regard, it is advisable to dry any liquids that may spill onto the plate immediately.
These treatments wear out and the bench surface suffers from wear, so you need to be sure periodic maintenance At least once a year. If the use is very basic, it is possible to wait 2-3 years. This maintenance consists of sanding and varnishing. Special attention must be paid to the sealing of the pores to avoid stains on the kitchen countertop.
If we look closely, all these disadvantages have to do with the proper maintenance of the wood. That is, if we are not careful people, or we are not willing to be renovating the finishes and treatments, wooden countertops are not for us.
On the other hand, if the service is adequate, we will have a quality bench for many years at a very competitive price.