Butcher blocks stand up well to heavy use and are both casual and classic, with a timeless appeal that works well with a wide range of styles. Butcher block countertops have become a hugely popular option in the last few years, in step with the resurgence of farmhouse style kitchens. But these classic, working countertops aren’t for everyone. They can be quite high maintenance, and while they’re generally a bit less expensive than stone, high quality wood counters aren’t cheap. HomeThangs.com, the Online Home Improvement Store, has introduced a new guide of a few important points to be aware of, as well as a few of the pros and cons of opting for natural wood butcher block countertops.
First and foremost, not all wood counters are laid plank-style the way floors are. The direction the wood is facing (plank style, on one side, or end-up) not only determines what the counter will look like, but also how resistant it will be to scratching, and how well it will work as a cutting surface. Wood counters are both beautiful and functional, but they often aren’t both at once.
While a butcher block can add warmth and natural beauty to a kitchen, even the highest quality blocks will show wear and tear if they’re used frequently as chopping boards, and many of the ways typically used to protect wood from damage make it unsafe for use with food. Because they’re susceptible to water damage and staining, wood counters need to be regularly treated and carefully cleaned and maintained, but with the proper care, they can last for decades.
For an in depth look at some of the advantages and drawbacks of wood countertops and butcher blocks, check out the full article here.
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