The best countertop material is resilient, easy to care for and always in fashion. It shows your personal style and makes your kitchen everyone’s favorite room. Wood originally was the most countertop material in the U.S.A., and today’s homeowners are returning to wood countertops because of their beauty and versatility.
The American Kitchen
Even the earliest one-room homes had kitchen areas. Counters were necessary for storing kitchen items and foodstuffs. Homeowners used rough wood countertops for mixing and kneading bread, preparing meals and washing dishes in large pans on the countertop.
As the house evolved, wood remained the primary countertop material. Only the very wealthy could afford stone.
For most people in the early 20th century, wood was still the best option. Butcher block moved out of the barn and into the kitchen. Tile was the first material besides wood to be widely available and affordable. In the second half of the 20th century, laminate became the preferred material for kitchen countertops.
Manufacturers advertised laminate as being easier to keep clean than wood. It also fit with the colorful kitchen decor of the 1950s through the 1970s. Many homeowners have come full circle and want to replace them with wood.
Why Wood is the Best Countertop Material
The laminate craze has long passed, but wood remains in style. Other than being colorful, laminate didn’t have much going for it. Laminate has seams where dirt collects. It also cracks, wears at the edges and fades.
Stainless steel and other metals were popular briefly during the first half of the 20th century. Stainless steel appliances have been popular for years, but metal countertops lost their appeal in favor of stone or wood.
Marble and granite have always been considered the most luxurious countertop materials, but they have drawbacks. Stone is difficult to remove without damaging your counters. It’s also expensive to repair if it’s cracked. Because it’s a porous material, granite can absorb stains and has natural rough spots and pits that can be unattractive.
Cracks and rough spots in granite are another expensive repair. It’s extremely rare for properly dried wood to crack. Dents, cut marks, burn marks and stains can usually be sanded away and refinished.
A Return to Wood Countertops
Wood brings a traditional feeling back to your kitchen. A butcher block island and flat grain countertops make your kitchen feel like a 19th century farmhouse kitchen.
At the same time, wood countertops can complement stainless steel appliances or stone surfaces. Wood will always be the best countertop material as well as an investment in your home.
If you appreciate the timeless appeal of handmade wood countertops, Maryland Wood Countertops has a variety of solutions. Call us today at 443-840-7373.