Custom wood countertops are trendy once again, and the timeless look of granite countertops is always in style, but which is right for your home or place of business? Let’s compare the pros and cons of custom wood and granite countertops.
Custom Wood Countertops
Custom wood countertops have a classic feel dating back to the chop blocks of old butcher shops. They have since been redesigned and gussied up countless times over the years into the familiar wood countertop design we know today.
- Texture – Custom wooden countertops are elegant and durable, offering long-lasting strength while cushioning dropped items so they don’t break as often. Items often sound softer when placed on them. An expert basement remodeling contractor can even strategically place the wood countertops in such a way that muffles noise from appliances.
- Easy refinishing – Marks, scratches and chipped areas can be easily sanded down and finished to for easy refinishing.
- Easy installation – Custom wood countertops can be easily installed in awkward corners and around appliances.
- Warping – Wooden countertops expand and contract with different humidity levels, which can be a problem with basement remodeling. Sometimes using thicker countertops can alleviate the problem of custom wooden countertops warping in the basement over time.
- Semi-frequent maintenance – Custom wooden countertops should be refinished about once every five years. It may need to be oiled monthly.
- Liquids – Liquids cause stains, cracks, and joint separation. Some people choose to go with custom granite countertops (especially around the sink area) instead.
Custom Granite Countertops
Granite countertops have a timeless look – and many other timeless qualities as well. Custom granite countertops continue to remain a top choice for basement remodeling projects based on the following reasons:
- More than 20 shades of custom granite countertops to choose from
- Easily goes with custom wooden cabinets, flooring and wall coverings
- Scratch resistant
- No warping
- Repels stains
- Resists liquids (ask your basement remodeling contractor about professional sealants)
- Frequent treatments – Custom granite countertops need to be resealed as often as once a year
- They will no longer repel stains as well without the proper sealant
- Heavy items can crack or chip the custom granite countertop
- Granite countertops can be costly compared to other materials