If you’re considering new material for a kitchen countertop, maple is a family-friendly wood. Maple countertops resist abrasion well, and they’re less likely than other woods to be scratched by dropped silverware, kids’ school stuff and pets’ claws. Maple is best known for its soft golden shades, but they can also be a bright shade of honey.
Why You’ll Love Maple Countertops
Maple is a beautiful, underrated wood. We recommend maple for kitchen countertops because of its superior qualities, including:
- Scratch resistance
- Exceptional strength
- Shock resistance
- Light, bright color range
- Looks great with other woods
- Enhances rooms with painted cabinets/walls
Ironically, while maple looks delicate, it’s one of the strongest hardwoods we offer at Maryland Wood Countertops.
The Colors of Maple
All wood species have their own color palettes. This is because the heartwood of a tree is the darkest wood and the sapwood (outer layers) is lighter.
Maple’s outermost layer is a creamy, pale yellow. The heartwood is medium warm brown. For glossy high color without using stain, we finish maple with waterproof Waterlox® Satin. For an example of how the color really pops, check out this maple island stove surround we fabricated for a recent client.
If you prefer a soft tawny brown with a natural texture, we can finish your countertop with Arm-R-Seal. To see a top with this color and texture on a painted island, check out our edge construction maple island. Maple complements both soft colors and trendy colors like bright green.
Maple seems to absorb and reflect natural light. If you need to brighten your kitchen, maple and a light, neutral paint color will work wonders.
Functional Maple Countertops
Are you tired of keeping multiple cheap cutting boards for meat and vegetables? Choose a maple wood butcher block. Not only does it have has natural antibacterial protection, we also use food-safe Howard Butcher Block Conditioner on our tops.
Maple works well in butcher block for a few reasons. A maple surface can definitely take a blow, making it ideal if you use heavy cleavers. Edge grain is the best style of butcher block for regular use. We build it from strips of wood, creating a surface that’s tough but easy on your blade’s edge.
Maple’s pale sapwood makes a dramatic but not too showy contrast when combined with other woods. One client asked us to build a cutting board with some visual interest into her cherry countertop. We combined white maple sapwood with warm cherry to make elegant, tough butcher block.
If you think that maple is the makeover that your kitchen needs, call Maryland Wood Countertops at 443-840-7373 to speak to one of our design team members.