Which Type of Wood Countertop Is Right for You?

Which Type of Wood Countertop Is Right for You?

Posted by Hardwood Lumber Company on Jan 31st 2018

There are numerous types of kitchen countertops available, and it can be easy to assume they are all fairly the same. However, there are key differences in each one that can greatly impact the benefits you get out of your new countertop. You need to take into consideration how often you use your kitchen, what meals you usually make and how many people are typically in the kitchen at any given time. Answering these questions will make the selection process much simpler as you peruse Hardwood Lumber Company’s vast selection of high-quality wood countertops.

Edge Grain Butcher Block Countertop

This type of countertop is constructed with the wood components facing up. They are glued together and each individual piece typically measures 1” in width. Generally speaking, this is the most common option available, and its construction style is quite resilient, ensuring a long lifespan. With regular treatment using specialized oils, you can ensure you get the most out of your investment. This is also a great material choice to use for the countertops in your bathrooms, so if you want a consistent aesthetic throughout your home, it is a great choice.

End Grain Butcher Block Countertop

End grain hardwood countertops have a very distinct appearance. The manner in which the boards are put together means an entire slice of tree is shown on top. In many cases, you will even be able to see the growth rings. One advantage of end grain is that it is exceptionally durable. It is great if you plan on using your countertop every day. It is also extremely gentle on knife blades, so you will not have to worry about either your countertop or knives dulling any time soon. Edge grain countertops and end grain countertops can have a maximum thickness of five inches.

Wide Plank (Face Grain) Countertop

Many homeowners enjoy the aesthetic of wide plank countertops. These are constructed by gluing together various pieces of wood and having the top grain facing up. A number of different woods are available to help match whatever look you are going for, including:

  • African Mahogany
  • Birch
  • Clear Cherry
  • Hickory
  • Knotty Alder
  • Maple
  • Red Oak
  • And more

For wide plank countertops, the board will run the entire length, so there is no need for the developers to use butt joints. Depending on the type of wood you choose, you can have a countertop with a thickness up to 1 3/4” thick. Your countertop can also be up to 72 inches wide, which is ideal for homeowners who require a countertop that needs to cover a wide breadth of the kitchen.

Hardwood Lumber Company is here for you if you need to discuss your countertop options with skilled professionals. You have a choice for everything, including the wood material, length and even edge details. You can get in touch by contacting us at 440-834-1891. All you will need to do is answer a few questions, and we will be able to provide you with a solid quote.