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In a couple of years, my husband and I plan to purchase our dream house. Because I’ve been saving money for a new place for several years, I sometimes doubt if my dreams of home ownership will ever come true. Whenever I move into my new abode, I know I will need help with the decorating process. While I know the style I would like to incorporate in my new home, I lack the skills necessary to accomplish my desires. Whenever I shop at home interior stores, I feel so lost. Therefore, I will require the help of a skilled interior designer to help me make my new house feel like a home. On this blog, you will discover the characteristics of a great interior designer. Enjoy!

Making a New House Feel Like a Home

Are Wooden Countertops Right For You?

by Aapo Ahola

Warm and natural, wooden countertops are a sustainable and elegant countertop material. Knowing the pros and cons of wooden countertops can help you decide whether or not they are the right countertop material for your kitchen.

Wooden Countertop Advantages

In kitchens where the décor is geared toward country casual or rustic charm, wooden countertops are a beautiful and appropriate choice. They're also very long-lasting when well cared for. In fact, wooden countertops can last for as long as you own your house if they're properly installed and maintained.

Wooden countertops can be very strong and will resist stains and scratches from everyday activities. They're also sustainable, because they're made from renewable resources. This stands in direct contrast with countertop materials like stone, which is dug out of the ground from quarries and is available in finite amounts.

Wooden countertops don't produce the loud clattering noise that stone produces when glasses and dishes are set down on them. Also, wooden countertops can be refinished. Stains, burn marks, and scratches can all be sanded out of a wooden countertop.

Wooden Countertop Disadvantages

Although long-lasting, they do require a lot of maintenance. Using a wood oil cleaner on a monthly basis will help condition the wood and prevent it from drying out. Don't clean them with homemade cleaners like vinegar mixes, since those can break down the glues that hold the wood in place.  

It's important to thoroughly dry your wooden countertops after cleaning or food prep since they can absorb standing water, which causes the seal to deteriorate over time. If you don't seal them with polyurethane coats, the wood can easily warp. Eventually you'll need to sand the counters and re-seal them, although the seal coating should last several years depending on how well you maintain your counters.

Making a Decision

If you have time to oil down your countertops on a monthly basis and refinish the surface of the countertops when they become marred, wooden countertops are an excellent option. Many homeowners who purchase wooden countertops choose to install them in a location away from the sink and other water sources. You can talk to a professional, like Plastic Line Mfg Inc, for more information about installation and what will look best in your kitchen layout. For countertops surrounding the sink, using a less absorbent material like stone or solid surface countertops is a smart choice. 

For more information about having wooden countertops installed in your home and whether or not wooden countertops are for you, speak with your kitchen remodeling contractor or a certified countertop specialist.