Butcher Block Countertops - Quality Features
Solid wood countertops for kitchen use
Butcher Block countertops are solid wood countertops for kitchen use. They are so named because of their popularity with butchers, who appreciate their extraordinary durability and sanitary properties. Butcher Block countertops come in a variety of hard wood types, of which Maple is considered the superior choice, due to its tight grain structure that does not splinter easily under the pressure of a sharp knife. Other popular butcher Block countertop materials include Cherry, Ash and Oak. Many companies also offer combinations of these woods – often in alternating strips.
Butcher Block countertops are particularly popular for the unique warmth of color they provide to any kitchen. The golden hues of wood grain are also extremely individual thanks to the natural variation of wood grain patterns. Swirls of lighter and darker grain and natural growth marks will ensure you never tire of the natural beauty of your countertop.
Natural wood countertops also have the advantage of being one of the most effective antibacterial surfaces you can install in your kitchen. The reason Butcher Block countertops have such superb sanitary properties is due to the presence of naturally occurring anti-microbial substances in the wood grain. No other man-made or natural countertop surface other than natural wood can offer this sanitary advantage.
Most Butcher Block countertops are thicker than other countertop materials – typically measuring between 1.5 to 1.75 inches thick. However, they can be custom made up to 4 inches thick if that is what your kitchen style demands. The extra thickness of Butcher Block countertops also allows any damage caused by over-zealous chopping and cutting action to be easily repaired. Slices, nicks and holes can be removed by simply sanding the countertop surface until they disappear and then sealing the surface with oil or re-vanishing.