Size Limitations & Seams In Wood Countertops
Wood countertops are relatively light compared to other countertop materials such as marble, granite, or concrete, and this makes them more versatile when it comes to size options. Wood can be carried around easily and molded into almost any shape by sculpting or carving.|
Standard prefabricated wood countertops have a thickness of one and a half inches. Unlike other countertop materials, a wood surface can be as thick as four inches without needing a support base. Its weight is not that heavy, and it is not likely to collapse despite its thickness. For a wood countertop, it is better to go with a thicker wood surface, preferably three inches thick, because it offers more durability and strength. However, thicker wood surfaces can be more expensive than the standard-sized ones.
The thickness should also depend on the dimensions and the legs of your countertops. The recommended specifications should be followed to keep wood countertops well-balanced and sturdy. For a small-sized wood kitchen island that measures less than 10 feet in length, a wood countertop in the standard thickness of one and a half inches should already be adequate.
Just like wood, wood countertops can be carved into any shape and any edge detail design. A circular, triangular, or a pear-shaped countertop is possible with wood countertops.
It is possible to mold wood countertops into any size and shape, but they have a size limit just like other kitchen countertops. Structural issues, the countertop's weight capacity, kitchen dimensions, purpose, kitchen appliances to be placed on the surface, and wood shipping and handling can affect the size limitation of wood countertops.
Wood countertops have a solid and uniform surface all-throughout, so they usually do not have seams. The seams in wood countertops can be found in kitchen countertops with installed sinks and faucets, specifically where the area around the sink is sealed. Water can seep through the wood surface from the seams and be absorbed by it. Moisture absorption can make the wood expand and contract and cause it to warp. Some imported wood countertops that are made with a finger-jointed construction are installed with milter-bolted seams. The seams look unsightly, and they affect the look and durability of wood countertops. The seams of wood countertops should look natural and blend with the wood material. They should not to be too obvious that they can easily be spotted. A 100% clear silicon sealer is usually used to make the seams invisible. Latex with a color that is identical to the wood can also be used. With these remedies, the seams in wood countertops should not present any aesthetic or design problem.