Different Types of Wood Integrated into Kitchen Worktops

Wood is a natural material that is ideal for creating the perfect kitchen worktop. It is durable, clean, natural and hard-wearing and each piece has its’ own depth and character which grows over time. Due to its timeless nature, an oak worktop, beech worktop or other style can be both an investment piece as well as provide a highly useful, function within the home. Wood as a building material has less environmental impact compared with other raw materials. The production of wooden worktops uses less energy than metal work and the end product can be recycled and it is both a renewable and replaceable source.

Oak, a native English wood, is timeless and denotes solid craftsmanship. It helps to create a comfortable, yet stylish, ambience in the home. Oak is a dense wood with excellent strength and hardness- it has high levels of tannin, which in the natural environment, makes it highly resistant to fungal disease and when sawn, the natural grain pattern is intricate and always different. The oak tree- often represented by the leaf, has come to symbolise strength and fortitude and, due to its use in construction since the Middle Ages is often associated with long-lasting and high quality furniture. Oak is easy to cut and to shape, but as the wood ages it becomes harder and darker
Beech worktops are also a popular feature in the modern kitchen. This wood is both hard and strong. Beech has a salient, soft, straight grain which runs close together and polishes well resisting both shock and wear. Beech worktops have a bright tone which present a classic style but can provide the perfect finish to both a contemporary or traditional kitchen. Beech is a high-quality, versatile wood, which offers great value for money and will endure for many years to come- even in the busiest of kitchens.

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