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  • Writer's pictureLynsey West

Pros and Cons of Wood Countertops

Updated: Feb 15

Wooden countertops have made a comeback in recent years, becoming one of the top contenders for kitchen remodels because of the rustic look and feel they can provide. And with so many different types and color options for wood these days, possibilities exist for just about any look and style you’re hoping to achieve in your kitchen.

As with any material you choose to implement in a new kitchen, or a kitchen remodel, there are many things to consider when choosing wood. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of wood countertops to help you decide whether or not they will be the best fit for your kitchen, and your lifestyle.

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Pros of Installing Wood Countertops in Your Kitchen

  • It offers variety- The options for different types of wood are truly endless. From oak and cherry to maple and birch, each species of wood has unique qualities and aesthetics. Depending on the type of wood you choose, it can complete the look you are trying to achieve in your kitchen. While wood countertops do create a rustic look, they are very universal and also look great in more modern-style kitchens.

  • It’s warm and welcoming- Wood does not only add a warm and natural look to your kitchen, it is also warm to the touch, unlike stone materials such as granite. There is something to be said about being able to lean on a counter and not wish you had a long sleeve on. After all, it is your kitchen and you want to feel comfortable and warm when you are cooking or your guests are congregating there.

  • It can be sanded when necessary- It is largely unavoidable that at some point, wood will get a gouge taken out of it, or at the very least suffer a scratch or two. The benefit of this material is that when the wear and tear becomes too noticeable, you can sand the table and it will look brand new again. Of course, this is a process that starts with sanding, then staining, and lastly sealing. Sanding is not an option when it comes to stone.

  • It’s durable- When wood is sealed, it is just as durable as harder materials like stone. Its durability is beneficial when holding up to every day strains such as cutlery, spills, or other mishaps. Although durable, wood is also softer than stone making dishes less susceptible to breaking, and making your kitchen quieter when setting down pots and pans.

Cons of Installing Wood Countertops in Your Kitchen

  • It requires maintenance- Wood countertops must be kept clean and dry regularly to avoid damage and the accumulation of bacteria. This is not difficult to do as long as you clean up any spills right after they happen. Aside from everyday maintenance, wood will need to be resealed every once in a while. If you have an unfinished wood countertop, it will need to be oiled monthly.

  • Damage- Wood is softer than other materials and therefore can scratch and dent a little easier if it isn’t sealed or if it is sealed incorrectly. It also can get scorch marks if a hot pot is set on the countertop. Without sealant, wood is not the most durable material and will require more maintenance than if it were sealed. This could cause frustration in the end, but if regular maintenance doesn’t faze you, unfinished wood countertops are always an option and can add an attractive look to your kitchen.

  • It can be expensive- The more commonly used types of wood like walnut and cherry range from $11/sq ft to over $150/sq ft. This of course does not include the installation fee, but solely the material itself. Other factors that will affect cost besides the type of wood is the thickness, finish, and surface area being remodeled. Although the cost is on the list of disadvantages, it is comparable to other countertop materials, and its beauty will certainly make up for the cost.

If you have any questions or would like to learn how Evoke Custom Builders can make your dream kitchen a reality, please contact us today!

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