Different Woods Offer Something for Every Taste
There are a wide variety of options when it comes to wooden countertops.
As we talked in our last post, wooden countertops can be an attractive alternative to the ever-popular granite option. We discussed some of the pros and cons to choosing a wooden countertops and offered a few guidelines to assist you in choosing a wooden countertops.
In today’s post, we’d like to go over some of the more popular options:
Brazilian Cherry: With its interlocked grain, Brazilian cherry wood is quite durable. This kind of wood is great for butcher block countertops because it can produce long, clear boards since this tree can grow to be about 100 feet in height. This kind of wood is also ideal for boatbuilding, flooring and other things.
Wenge: A heavy wood, wenge offers high resistance to daily wear and tear. In addition, it comes in a range of colors from pale yellow to a darker brown, with subtle color variation throughout. These trees. which grow in Africa, can reach up to 60 feet tall. This wood is often used to make furniture.
Bamboo: If you’re a fan of HGTV, you have likely heard designers rave on about the virtues of using bamboo in flooring and in cabinets. This wood is also an ideal choice for countertops, especially for those who are eco-conscious. Bamboo, a rapidly renewable species that grows in Asia, is the most water tolerant of all solid woods.
Maple: Hard maple is one of the most commonly used woods in butcher blocks, likely because it is strong, straight-grained and with a uniform texture. Hard maples are about 35 percent harder than most soft maples. Maple, which grows in the United States and Canada, also holds up well to daily use.
Walnut: Walnut has long been a popular option for cabinets. It is hard and tough, with a medium stiffness that makes it ideal for kitchen wear. This also grows in Canada and the United States, with heights of up to 90 feet. There is also a wide range of colors throughout the maple wood family.
Oak: There are three different popular options available. Reclaimed wood, also known as antique oak, is recycled wood that is typically salvaged from older buildings. Different weathering produces different variations in color and distressing, offering a unique look. White oak and red oak are also popular options for countertops.