A quality Australian timber benchtop is the perfect feature piece for your kitchen.
When you consider the various constructions, timber species and finishes available. The design possibilities for your kitchen are endless.
Whether it’s a solid piece of Victorian ash or finger jointed Ironbark, it can be difficult to make a choice.
In this article, we break down all you need to know when it comes to finding the right benchtop.
Choosing a Timber Species
When it comes to selecting a material for your timber benchtop. You’ll want to stick to hardwoods that withstand use in the kitchen.
The options for this include many Australian native species and some non-native species.
When making this decision some of the things you will want to consider include:
• Colour tone
• Grain pattern
Australian Native Timber Species
Australia is home to a wide variety of beautiful timber species.
When it comes to making this choice, it will likely come down to the colour you want.
It won’t be difficult to find a timber species with the colours that complement the scheme of your home.
• Victorian Ash
• Tasmanian Oak
• White mahogany
• Wormy Chestnut
Brown – Dark Brown
• Spotted Gum
• Red mahogany
• Blue Gum
Non-Native Timber Benchtop Species
There’s also a wide variety of international timber species that are fit for benchtops. These include:
• European Oak
• American Oak
• European Beech Joinery (BauBuche)
Coat & Seal to Protect your Benchtop
To ensure your timber benchtop lasts the test of time. It is important that the wood receives treatment before or the moment it’s installed.
To protect the benchtop, a coat of food-safe oil or polyurethane should be applied.
You need to do this every year or two. And although polyurethane lasts longer, recoating involves sanding back the benchtop each time.
It is also important to ensure that spills are cleaned and not left for a prolonged period.
Pricing of Timber Benchtops
The price of your solid timber benchtop will often depend on the species you choose.
Although timber benchtops are usually a lot cheaper than quartz or stone benchtops. They will still be more expensive than the laminate options.
If your benchtop also needs to be customised, this will also incur additional costs.
Environmental Benefits of Timber Benchtops
Contrary to many peoples beliefs. Timber benchtops actually have a lower net environment impact than other building materials.
The timber is a carbon bank for life and the production process also has a lower carbon footprint.
Another point that makes solid timber a sustainable product. Is its ability to be recycled and repurposed.
Additional Support Choosing your Timber Benchtop
If you need support choosing the right solid timber benchtop for your project.
Be sure to get in touch. Our sales team has experience specifying products for builders, designers, architects and homeowners.
Our in-house team can also assist you with creating your own custom timber benchtop.
If you’d also like to see some of our products you can visit our showroom or request a sample.