Solid Wood Kitchen Worktops
Solid wood kitchen worktops come in a range of different types but the most common are Oak, Beech and Walnut. As well as the natural beauty, wooden worktops are very hygienic. It is commonly thought that these would be the least hygienic of all worktops, due to the open grain. Real wood has natural oils in the timber that fight and repel bacteria, which is why your Butchers will always use a wooden chopping board.
Solid wood worktops are manufactured by gluing together a number of different woods (Staves) to create the length and width required. The staves vary in thickness but you will never find a worktop manufactured out of one single piece. This is because if the wooden staves are too wide the worktop will be very unstable and will bow and crack. The bonding together of staves make the worktop much more stable. Generally speaking these will be 38 – 40mm in thickness but can be thicker. Wooden worktops less than 38mm would not be stable enough for use in a kitchen.
Always use mug mats and trivets. Never place hot pans or mugs directly on surface.
Solid wood kitchen worktops have a natural treatment of oils that are applied at regular intervals to maximise the worktops lifespan. Varnish should not be used on kitchen worktops, as they do not allow the timber to breath, which in turn will induce bowing or cracking. The natural oils used to treat allow the timber to breathe and the flexibility for movement as is normal in all solid wood products. Well-fitted, solid wood worktops should have a minimum of 3 coats of oil on all faces, including the underside. This process should be completed by your installer and adds time, which is why wooden worktops are more expensive to fit than laminates. Most manufacturers recommend 3 – 4 coats of oil are applied on an annual basis, so be aware if you choose a solid wood worktop, customers will need to understand that there is a maintenance value.
Solid wood worktops do not need to be templated so any reputable installer can fit these. The worktops are adaptable so different edge profiles can be applied and all sinks can be used with these worktops. Drainer grooves can be routered into the worktop to allow for under mount or Belfast sinks and pan rods. Any type of sink can be used but traditionally Belfast or butler sinks tend to be the most common.
Always ensure manufacturers instructions are followed and these worktops are oiled regularly.
The Pro’s and Con’s of Solid Wood Kitchen Worktops:
- A very natural finish so blends well with traditional kitchens.
- Hygienic values, better than most other worktops.
- Adaptable to any type of sink.
- Do not need templating.
- More cost effective than granite, quartz or composite worktops.
- Customer perception that these are unhygienic.
- High maintenance value as these need oiling three to four times per year.
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