Wooden countertops used to be especially popular in the 1990s, and today they’re gaining popularity again, especially in the kitchen. They lend a more organic and rustic feel, compared to other options such as stone and marble. However, just like any other countertop, wooden ones have their pros and cons:
What types of wooden countertops are there?
Most countertops in Malaysian homes are crafted from teak, cherry, oak and maple. Each type of wood comes in its special shade of brown with its own unique vein patterns that are like fingerprints. No two wooden countertops are alike. Some wooden countertops are stained with food-safe dyes to enhance their uniqueness. These stains usually bring out the grains of the wooden surface.
What are Some of the Benefits of Wooden Countertops?
1. Uniquely attractive
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Wooden countertops are so elegant! They may be old school, but they’re also the only type of material that promotes a rustic and relaxing ambience in your kitchen. Pair them with polished wooden flooring and wooden cabinets, or with stone walls and alcoves.
2. A Great Work Surface
As wooden countertops are warmer than stone or marble ones, they are ideal for tenderising and processing meat. They’re also gentle on knives and won’t wear them down as quickly.
3. Environmentally Friendly
Yes, wooden countertops are environmentally friendly because they’re recyclable, which means that new countertops can be designed from reclaimed wood and old countertops can be recycled for other uses. After all, wood is sustainable and can be regrown, which makes it a very eco-friendly choice.
What are Some of the cons of wooden countertops?
Wooden countertops need to be properly sealed with several layers of sealant. This is to prevent water from seeping into the wood because that triggers the growth of fungi and bacteria, which results in the decomposition and rotting of the wood. The wood also has to be maintained periodically by re-finishing it and rubbing some wood oil every week to help ensure that it’s not exposed to harmful elements.
Unfortunately, wood is also prone to scratches and dents. This means that you’ll have to be extra careful with the countertop. However, some home owners regard these marks as normal wear and tear that gives the surface its own character over time.
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written by Michelle Chee