A DIY wood kitchen countertop can be a durable and attractive alternative to purchasing one of those prefabricated, mass-produced pieces. As opposed to the cold, clinical look and feel of a laminate or composite laminate, a wood kitchen countertop has a warm and inviting feel that lends itself to the comfort of its users. These properties make it an ideal choice for families who have children and pets, as well as homeowners who want a work environment with a touch of home.
The key to a wood kitchen countertop’s charm is its ability to absorb and redistribute heat. This is accomplished through two processes: absorbing heat and dispersing it. To do this, wood must be coated in veneer. Although veneer is shiny and smooth, it does not provide the same insulation and thermal efficiency that other types of wood offer. A better choice for your kitchen will be a wood that has been treated with a water-resistant polyurethane coating.
One of the many benefits of a wood kitchen countertop is that it can be custom made to match the existing design of the rest of the kitchen. This means that the homeowner does not need to go out and purchase an entirely new wood kitchen countertop when a kitchen remodel is planned. One drawback to purchasing an unfinished wood product is that color will occasionally show through, making the space appear less appealing than it is. By choosing a wood laminate that has already been stained, the color of the wood will not be lost, making the space more welcoming and visually appealing. Some manufacturers use a special method of stain that will show through on the surface of the wood, helping to create a uniform color throughout the entire piece.
Another benefit of using a wood laminate over a standard particle board is the durability of the product. particle board tends to warp and creak over time, leading to a lower level of quality in the finish over time. A wood laminate, on the other hand, is impervious to damage from humidity, temperature fluctuations, and direct sunlight. Because the surface of the product is solid, it cannot be damaged by frequent sharp or jagged objects that could damage the surface of a particle board.
Since the surface of a wood laminate is solid, it can be applied to any smooth surface without the fear of warping, cracking, or deforming. A wood laminate that has been exposed to moisture on the surface will begin to expand upon exposure to moisture, expanding the surface area of the laminates and causing them to become swollen and unstable. These expanded areas are often referred to as ‘wavy boards’. However, they are still much safer than a regular laminate, as the expanded areas are less likely to warp or split.
Polycrylic on butcher block provides a level of durability unseen with most other forms of laminates. The material is highly resistant to scratching, and since the material is extremely dense, it resists compression from weight. Additionally, the wood laminate is highly durable, with virtually no possibility of splitting or cracking, even under high pressure. For these reasons, many industries utilize wood laminates for countertops and appliances in high traffic areas because they provide a high degree of durability and utility. They are also an environmentally friendly choice, as no emissions of any type are released during the application process, and do not contain formaldehyde.
The addition of wood laminates to existing countertops provides a great surface for cooking, as well as a beautiful accent to any kitchen. The addition of a wood laminate such as this can increase the resale value of your home, should you decide to sell. As these laminate countertops do not require any sealing, they are very easy to maintain, which is important if you expect to keep your countertop looking good for many years to come. Most wood laminates will scratch or mark easily, however this does not mean that one should avoid using them if they do happen to get a mark, as with any other wood product you must remove the scratch before applying another one.
Another key advantage of the butcher block wood laminate is that they can be cut and trimmed to almost any shape imaginable. This makes it convenient to have tiles that can match any design or color scheme. Many homeowners find that they can save a substantial amount of money by trimming their own wood laminates instead of purchasing pre-cut pieces. Moreover, these laminates are much easier to install than their epoxy counter parts, with the exception of possibly affecting the finish. Epoxy based laminates will require professional installation, but with a wood laminate the process is simple.