Wooden worktops can come in a variety of designs ranging from butcher bloc to joined planks to single wide stave. Wood is considered to be the most eco-friendly option when it comes to choosing a kitchen worktop as wood is a renewable resource. With the extensive range of wood species used to make wooden worktops, the choice is really huge. Traditional wood species like Oak, Beech, Walnut, Cherry, Ash, Maple and exotic woods- Iroko, Mahogany, Sapele, Zebrano, Wenge, even worktops made from bamboo make the variations in color, appearance and durability almost endless.
There are numerous practical benefits of wood worktops—warmth, durability, beauty, longevity. All this makes more and more people to put solid wood worktops as their first choice. In addition to being durable, it is waterproof and food-safe. And depending upon the finish chosen, wood countertops provide a maintenance-free, worry-free surface. Many customers asking the question “How hygienic are the worktops made from wood?” –Research by the Food Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin has shown that wooden work surfaces are no more dangerous, and in some cases safer than plastic alternatives. They have shown that while bacteria do get absorbed by the wood, they do not multiply and eventually die. While brand new plastic work surfaces are indeed easy to disinfect, once they have become heavily knife scarred they are nearly impossible to completely disinfect. This is not a problem with wooden work surfaces where the number of knife cuts made little difference.
Wood is warm to the touch, as well as the eye, which is a plus, as today’s kitchens often serve as the hub of family life and more consumers are spending more time at home.