There are many different types of countertops, but wood provides unmatched class, style and durability. Designers at Maryland Wood Countertops can help you to figure which species is right for you.
Popular Types of Wood Countertops
Explore Different Types of Countertops
When it comes to different types of countertops, you may be considering granite, marble and other stone options. However, many of those choices are cold and impersonal. Woods come in many different species, and each one has its own distinctive advantages. Instead of just picking out a wood based on its color, talk with your designer about each wood’s benefits so that you can make an informed decision.
Oak is a straight-grained wood that has a coarse texture. This beautiful wood generally comes in two types: white or red oak. White oak is more water-resistant because it’s a closed grain wood, while red oak is more dent resistant.
Cherry wood provides a beautiful, distinctive look that many people enjoy. This wood has deep, rich color patterns, and it even has a light scent that sets it apart from other building materials. Cherry has a straight-grain pattern and generally has a uniform texture.
Light in color with a straight grain, ash can look similar in appearance to oak, with the difference being frequent white dots. One of ash’s greatest selling points is its strength. This wood is heavy and hard, so you can feel good about this countertop withstanding rigorous daily use.
Maple has a fine texture and a relatively even grain. Many people choose it to complement modern kitchens because of its smooth, uniform look. It’s abrasion-resistant qualities make it a popular choice for butcher block countertops.
Because of its high variation, hickory is popular for those desiring a more rustic look. It can be a pretty white or have light reddish tones in it. This material is shock-resistant and strong.
Walnut has varying shades. It can be so light that it looks white, or it can be a dark chocolate brown with purple tones. Its wide range of shades and shock absorbing qualities means that walnut will be a good choice for just about anyone.
Picking the Right Countertop Construction Style
Maryland Wood Countertops offers four primary construction styles for kitchen countertops.
End grain provides a checkerboard appearance and generally uses hundreds of pieces to achieve that look. Edge grain provides similar durability but uses less individual pieces, making it a more affordable option.
Flat grain or wide plank is generally the least expensive construction style because it uses the least amount of waste. It’s comprised of several boards, showing the figure and color from board to board.
Solid slabs offer the most dramatic look, but because woodworkers use unique, full-width tree slabs, it’s generally best reserved for an island top or a smaller accent piece.
Whatever wood look you desire, Maryland Wood Countertops offers premium wood choices for your custom made countertops and furniture. Get an online quote, or call us today at 443-840-7373 to schedule an appointment.