Hardwood countertops have several advantages over bamboo. Bamboo countertops gained popularity as an ecologically sound choice due to bamboo’s quick regrowth compared to wood, but bamboo doesn’t have the durability or beauty of wood. When compared to the hardwoods we use to build countertops, a bamboo countertop just doesn’t have the superior qualities of wood.
Renewable Resource versus Long Lasting Quality Wood
Bamboo and a hardwood like walnut grow at a similar rate, but walnut isn’t ready to harvest for at least three decades. Solid wood countertops last much longer than bamboo countertops and are less vulnerable to daily wear and tear. If you’re an enthusiastic cook and need sturdy and practical countertops, a solid wood countertop is far more likely to meet your needs than bamboo.
If you want to add lasting quality and value to your home, consider switching from bamboo countertops to solid wood countertops. The renewable resource aspect of each type of countertop material equals out when you consider growth rate and durability. Your bamboo countertops will likely require replacement after several years, while hardwood keeps its beauty and efficiency for the life of your home.
The Best Choice for the Home Chef: Hardwood or Bamboo Countertops?
Our solid wood countertops are built to withstand cutting, chopping, dropped dishes and spills. Bamboo is easily scratched and dented. Whether you choose standard wood countertops or butcher block countertops, hardwood will meet your daily cooking and special entertaining needs.
Any countertop can sustain a knife cut or burn. Bamboo is soft compared to the softest solid wood countertop, and its heat resistance is surprisingly low for a material considered common for kitchen countertops. It’s much easier to sand out a burn from a hardwood countertop than bamboo and refinish the damaged area.
Bamboo requires more maintenance than the maintenance on most of our solid wood countertops. While butcher block benefits from yearly re-oiling with our select food-safe finish, bamboo requires regular oil treatment and scratch repair.
Adding Beauty to Your Kitchen
All of our hardwoods, including our reclaimed woods, have variations in color like a semi-precious gemstone, distinct grains and depth. You won’t find any of that in bamboo. Bamboo countertops are attractive when new and are available in varying light and medium brown shades. Solid wood countertops come in every shade of brown from light gray-brown to almost black.
Bamboo doesn’t have the grain or other natural markings that you probably associate with hardwood. It lacks the visual interest of hardwood. You’ll probably be surprised to discover that you can have a solid wood countertop for the same price as bamboo.
If you’ve grown tired of your bamboo counters, get in touch with us. We’ll help you pick out hardwood countertops that are beautiful and practical. Call Maryland Wood Countertops at 443-840-7373.