Finished wood is beautiful. Dark, rich, warm; it has a beauty and comfort that is nearly irresistible.
But does wood’s intrinsic beauty make it the ideal choice for your countertops? We don’t think so! Wood, while elegant, has many significant drawbacks that could lead to you replacing your countertops far faster than you might imagine.
Wood: it’s not very durable
Wood, particularly hardwood, is a tough material that can hold up well enough to our daily kitchen use. But it is far weaker and less durable than any stone countertop on the market.
Wood is sensitive to extreme temperatures. If you place a too-hot object on your wood surface, it could lead to a dramatic and unsightly burn. Shockingly cold objects can cause the wood to constrict and crack, leading to uneven surfaces.
Wood swells with humidity. This is why your bathroom door often gets stuck during the summer months. Your wooden countertops are no exception. As the ambient humidity rises, your countertops will soak up this extra moisture, swelling and contorting in the process. Your once-level countertops will soon roll and bulge, making preparation difficult.
Wood easily scratches. While some enjoy that you can chop directly on your butcher’s block, others find it frustrating how a once-pristine surface quickly becomes roughed up and full of knicks.
Many types of woods have antimicrobial properties. These properties can be rendered useless once deep scratches are formed. These scratches provide ample room for bacteria to grow and multiply. Unless you are very diligent about sealing your butcher’s block and cleaning out these ever-growing scratches, your countertops won’t be as sterile as their stone counterparts.
Wood: it’s high maintenance
To keep a butcher’s block looking pristine, they must be sanded down and sealed frequently. This sanding process removes the scratches, and the sealing process ensures that bacteria and stains stay out of your counters. However, compared to even the fussiest marble surfaces, a butcher’s block needs to be sanded and sealed far more frequently.
Quartz and Fritech™ countertops, on the other hand, never need to be resealed. They are scratch-resistant and bacteria-resistant permanently.
Quartz: a better solution
Quartz and FriTech™ countertops are the most durable countertops on the market. They are scratch-resistant, stain-resistant, and crack-resistant. Unlike wood, they are non-porous, meaning liquids can’t penetrate the surface. Stronger than granite, they can withstand kitchen wear and tear that would deeply scratch any wood surface. They are much eco-friendlier and more sustainable as well!
Our engineered surfaces strongly outcompete the butcher’s block. Eco-friendly, durable, and available in a dazzling array of patterns and colors, our engineered surfaces like FriTech™ elevate any interior while remaining pristine for decades to come.
Check out the beauty and durability of Lucciare® today!