BUTCHERBLOCK countertops PROS and CONS
The butcher block countertops are a growing trend and are constant heroes of various renovation shows and Pinterest kitchen-related publications. The surface made of straight-cut assembled wooden boards creates a natural, cozy atmosphere and never goes out of style. As with any other material, the Butcher Block surface has pros and cons, and its longevity may depend on maintenance frequency and area of application.
Pros of Butcherblock countertops
- Price: Wood or Butcher blocks are one of the more affordable materials for countertops. Butcher block countertops cost more than laminate but are less expensive than natural stone.
- Look and diversity: A large variety of grains and colors and a selection of wood species make it easy to find the right choice for your specific aesthetical and practical requirements. Also, there are numerous choices for oils and stains to tailor the appearance.
- Installation: The butcherblock countertops do not weigh as much as stone slabs, don’t require lifting equipment, and therefore can be easily transported without the specially designated trucks and moved around with only two people. The process of installation is simpler and can potentially be completed by a skilled do-it-yourselfer.
Cons of Butcherblock countertops
- Durability: As wood is a relatively soft material, it is sensitive to dents and scratches. However, the hardness of the wood varies depending on the species, and It is recommended to consider the hardness depending on the application area. The Janka Scale is commonly used to measure the hardness of wood. A higher score on the scale corresponds to a harder type of wood.
- Heat Resistance: Wood is not heat resistant; the placement of heated objects directly on the countertops can easily damage the surface.
- Maintenance: Wood is a natural, porous material that requires regular sealing. If not appropriately sealed, any spilled pigmented liquids may be absorbed and become a permanent stain or cause moisture and mold. Also, oiling is needed to prevent the wood from drying out.
There is a good reason behind wood countertops’ growing popularity. They are affordable, eco-friendly, natural, cozy, warm to the touch, and simply beautiful. They can also last for decades if maintained properly and treated with care.