Why You Should Choose Maple Wood for Your Countertops

Have you always dreamed of having maple wood countertops in your kitchen and dining area?

Maple is a popular choice for many homeowners due to its excellent resistance to abrasion and daily wear and tear. In addition, many people also prefer a lighter colored, durable hardwood to complement their kitchen.

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Why You Should Choose Maple Wood for Your Countertops

NOTE: We highly recommend permanently finishing/sealing the top of your butcher block, rather than regularly conditioning it.

About Hard Maple Wood

Hard maple wood comes from the sugar maple tree. This wood type has an attractive, blonde, straight grain. The wood color for each maple piece is unique – usually you can expect maple to range from a light tan to a light-yellow color.

There are quite a few benefits to choosing maple wood for your countertops. Each piece is beautiful, durable, unique, resistant to wear and tear, and long-lasting.

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of maple butcher block:

Why Maple Wood Countertops?

The Pros of Maple Wood

  1. To start, maple is exceptionally strong. Resistant to daily wear and abrasion, a maple countertop surface is likely to last you for many years. (We still recommend refraining from cutting directly on the surface of the wood. Use your knives on your cutting boards instead.) Maple and red oak are both very strong hardwoods that we recommend you look into ordering for your countertops.
  2. Many homeowners prefer the tight grain and light, yellow-to-orange coloration for their butcher block that maple wood has to offer. The attractive wood grain and light coloration complements many styles of kitchen. Additionally, it looks great paired with other woods, enhancing your painted walls and cabinets.
  3. The cost of maple butcher block is relatively affordable. Overall, hard maple block countertops will cost more or less depending on whether your wood is finished or unfinished, or how much material you need to order. Find out more about cost on our order page.
  4. Maple wood also has great longevity. In fact, butcher block crafted from maple can last you twenty years or more. While the occasional cut or scratch adds character to a maple wood surface, as mentioned before, we recommend avoid cutting on the surface to increase the butcher block’s overall longevity.
  5. A maple wood butcher block surface is also very easy to maintain and clean. Cleaning the surface of your butcher block involves scraping off any food residue there may be, rinsing the surface, removing any possible stains, and applying a mixture of white vinegar, salt, and lemon juice. Be sure to clean your maple wood countertop daily after each use.
  6. Lastly, maple wood (as well as red oak, walnut, and hickory) has natural antibacterial properties within its wood grain. This makes butcher block a better, more sanitary choice when compared with plastic surfaces.

Cons of Maple Wood

  1. Maple wood must be cared for routinely. This is possibly the biggest drawback to a butcher block countertop in general. Daily cleaning is required in order to keep your butcher block looking great. However, if you’re committed to routine cleaning of your maple wood, it’s worth it! More about finishing and care here.
  2. As with any butcher block wood type, though it is durable, maple wood is still prone to scratches and dents over time. Daily wear and tear will put dings and scratches in its surface. To prevent this, try using a cutting board instead of chopping food directly on the wood. However, one positive of scratches and dents is that they give your wood character.

Maple Office Desk

Maple Kitchen Islands

Maple butcher block looks stunning as a central kitchen island piece in your home! Complementing classic and modern kitchens alike, maple wood surfaces look great against black, gray, brown, green, blue, and white cabinets, brick or painted walls, and even other woods.

A maple kitchen island not only draws the eye to the center of your kitchen, it also provides plenty of space for homeowners to cut and prepare food, wash dishes, serve beverages and hors d'oeuvres, and entertain guests at a party. If you are considering maple butcher block countertops, consider getting a kitchen island too!

Maple Countertops

There are many pros (and a few cons) to butcher block countertops! Maple countertops, along with a kitchen island, will not only look uniform, but will also add a lot of value to your home. You can custom order your maple countertop or shop our current stock to get the perfect fit for your kitchen, dining room, or other area of your home.

Forever Joint Tops custom designs maple kitchen islands, countertops, bartops, desktops (take a look at some of our desk ideas here), and tables alike. Each maple wood piece we craft is done using precise CNC equipment. Get started by visiting our order page.

Why Forever Joint Tops?

Our maple wood countertops are highly durable, and our products are second to none. We focus on making the natural beauty of the maple wood shine through.

Whether you’re looking to redesign your classic kitchen, or you want to create a modern kitchen and dining layout, maple wood is one of the best butcher block wood choices you can choose! Order your maple countertop at our company today!

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